Thousands mourn loss of Taylor Family Foundation co-founder

Barry Taylor headed organization that helps youths

Barry Taylor, the co-founder of the Taylor Family Foundation, died Saturday of an apparent heart attack. He was 74 years old.

Taylor and his wife, Elaine, founded the foundation in 1990 to enhance the quality of life for children in Northern California living with life-threatening illnesses and developmental disabilities.

Since then, the foundation through its Camp Arroyo has served more than 40,000 children of children who attend camp on weekends and during the summer months.

Following Mr. Taylor's death, the Taylor Family Foundation issued this statement:

"It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to our beloved co-founder Barry Taylor, who passed away Saturday afternoon, November 16, 2013.

"No stranger to philanthropy, Barry sat on the board of the March of Dimes for several years in the 1980s and he and Elaine held fundraisers on their behalf at their Lafayette home before founding The Taylor Family Foundation in 1990.

"Barry approached philanthropy as he did every aspect of his life -- on simple, yet profound principles of good living: rise to the challenge, work hard, enjoy life, and always take care of each other. Through these principals, he not only created countless memories for Bay Area children and families in need, but also instilled a standard of giving that will live on in those who were blessed to know him."

Taylor is survived by his wife, three daughters, three sons and six grandchildren. A memorial service is planned early next year at Camp Arroyo.


Posted by Diana Martini Sheppard, a resident of another community
on Nov 26, 2013 at 11:18 am

I, too, hope to touch the lives of people who have developmental challenges and their families by providing a place for them to be themselves and to grow in all the ways possible. I commend Mr. Taylor in giving much of his life for this purpose.

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