Clinton B. Taylor, 96, the husband of the late Helen Banks Taylor, died June 22, 2010, in Connecticut Hospice of Branford.

Born in Fairfield to the late Curtis and Lena Taylor, he was brought up on a farm, which instilled in him a love of animals that led him to his first real job of helping to raise dogs on a plantation in Florida. Later, back in Connecticut, this carried over with his favorite pastime for horses. His horsemanship was evident when he joined the Fairfield County Hunt Club for its fox hunts. He was a resident of Westport for most of his life.

Taylor was a decorated U.S. Army veteran who served in the 29th Division of the 175th Infantry Regiment in Europe during World War II. He achieved the rank of staff sergeant of Company K. His distinguished awards included the receipt of the Purple Heart with two oak leaf clusters.

Prior to his retirement, he was a route salesman with Ferris Dairy and Marsh Dairy. He was a gregarious and generous person whose kindheartedness was felt by all who knew him.

Taylor was a Westport auxiliary policeman for more than 20 years and then became a special policeman for the Westport Police Department.

He was a member of the American Legion -- Lt. Owen Fish Memorial Post 143, the Disabled American Veterans (Commander's Club) since 1993 and a participant in the Monday bowling league at Nutmeg Lanes in Fairfield.

He was a 70-year member of the Greens Farms Congregational Church, where he served as a deacon.

Taylor is survived by his daughter, Pamela and her husband, Jeffrey Hall of Pennington, N.J.; three grandchildren, Andrew, Justin and Steven Hall; and two sisters, Florence Burritt of Redding and Arlene Peterson of Shelton.

His brothers, Calvin, Carlton, Chester, Clarence, Clifford, Charles and Robert, and his sister, Bertha, predeceased him. A funeral service officiated by Rev. Jeffrey Rider will take place on Wednesday, June 30, at noon at the Shaughnessey Banks Funeral Home, 50 Reef Road, Fairfield. Interment with full military honors will follow in Oak Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service, from 11 a.m. to noon.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Alzheimer's Association, CT Chapter, 279 New Britain Road, Suite 5, Kensington, CT 06037; the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6931 Arlington Road, Bethesda, MD 20814-5200; or the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250.

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