John Joseph Taylor, Sr. June 3, 1956 - October 9, 2021

John “Jake” J. Taylor, Sr., 65, of Milton, passed away October 9, 2021 with his family by his side.

A lifelong resident of Milton, Jake graduated from Milton High School in 1975. He went on to enlist in the Army National Guard where he served his country proud for over 5 years. Jake went on to work as a heavy equipment operator for the town of Milton for over 30 years. Operating heavy machinery, weightlifting, weather bug and a strong love for his country were all passions of his, and as fortune may have it, his son was born on our country’s Independence Day. He made sure to memorize the capitals of each state in the union and quizzed others on the same. He cherished his son, his family, and his friends always making sure to keep everyone laughing with his blunt sense of humor. Jake was a carefree soul and avid scrabble player. He will always be known as Uncle Buck and the Chief. He fought a courageous battle with cancer and will forever live in our hearts.

Beloved father of John J. Taylor, Jr., of Stoneham and loving brother of Maria Taylor, Thomas Taylor and his wife Janice of Canton, Nancy Mearn and her husband William of Milton, Kathy, and Dan Taylor both of Canton. Jake is survived by several nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, and his former wife Laurie Taylor.  He was predeceased by his parents Thomas and Elizabeth (Barrett) Taylor and his sister Claire Stoller.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Saint mary of the Hills Church, 29 Saint Mary’s Road, Milton Wednesday, October 13 at 11:00 AM.  Family and friends invited.  A visiting hour will be prior to the mass from 10-11 AM at the church.  Burial Milton Cemetery.  Army National Guard Veteran.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jake’s memory to Seasons Hospice Foundation, Donation Processing Center, 8537 Solution Center, Chicago IL 60677.

A Mass of Christian Burial
Wednesday, October 13 at 11:00 AM
Family and Friends Invited

Saint Mary of the Hills Church
29 Saint Mary's Road
Milton, MA 02186
Map Directios

The Visitation will be held at Saint Mary of the Hills Church prior to the Mass from 10-11 AM

Burial Milton Cemetery


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    Vernon Dailey says

    Jake,wanted to thank you for your friendship over the years.You treated me like a brother.Days weightlifting,drinking beers playing football in the school yard and just hanging out on the porch we’re some of the most comfortable times of my life.Will always be in my remembrances. RIP.Your buddy chocolate drop

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    Jim Flynn says

    Jake was a great guy and a good friend to me, Had a great sense of humor and was a very nice guy, May he rest in peace.

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    Paul Friel says

    Jake was a true gentleman. Always had a smile and was a very hard and dependable worker. If you were having a bad day Jake could make you laugh. He’d a big personality and a heart of gold. I’m sure he helped a lot of people out over the years. Thoughts and prayers for all the family at this time. May you Rest In Peace Jake.

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    Jim Joyce Sr. Groton NH says

    Knew Jake since 1st grade at St. Mary’s, even back in those days Jake would “educate” bullies to change their ways, not a better person walked this earth… R.I.P. my friend 😢

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    Brian Walsh says

    God bless, Jake and all the Taylors. Jake was a a most welcome daily patron of The Towne Deli when I worked there. Always a warm smile and a gentle manner that put everyone at ease. Thank you for your dedicated service to our town in every kind of weather. Rest in peace.

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    Robin Rogers says

    Kathy & Family – so very sorry for your loss. I have great memories of Jake at the many gatherings at your parents’ home in Milton. He had a great sense of humor and always made me laugh. May he rest in eternal peace. Prayers are with you all at this difficult time.

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    Wendy Driscoll and family says

    So sorry to hear of Jake’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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    Bob Flaherty says

    Jake was one of the nicest people I ever knew. He once asked me to make him a poster of The Hulk and he had tears in his eyes when I gave it to him. I even drew a caricature of him for The Transcript when he was playing HS football. A true gentle giant, I can still see him walking the streets, righting wrongs.

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    D says

    Used to lift with Jake back in the 80’s. One more set buddy!
    Baby Hulk

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In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John's memory to

Seasons Hospice Foundation
Donation Processing Center
8537 Solution Center
Chicago, IL 60677