David J Taylor, 86, of Lakewood Ohio passed away Thursday, January 4, 2024 after a brief illness. David is survived by his brother Henry Taylor, sons Scott Taylor & Jim Taylor, and grandsons David Taylor and James Taylor.

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  1. Shelly Bishop January 10, 2024 at 6:34 pm - Reply

    I loved Mr. Taylor’s Human Relations class so much. He was one of the rare teachers who had an impact on me back then, when I wasn’t a very attentive student. I still think about some of the interesting anecdotes he shared along with his unique teaching style. I couldn’t wait for his class following lunch! He was a real gem who greatly impacted his students’ success.
    Shelly Bishop, RR Class of 1976

  2. Cynthia Stump January 10, 2024 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    He was a wonderful teacher

  3. Cynthia Stump January 10, 2024 at 6:45 pm - Reply

    Wonderful teacher!

  4. Matthew Groner January 10, 2024 at 7:26 pm - Reply

    Such a great teacher! I will always remember Mr. Taylor’s Human Relations class. RIP. May his family feel peace and his legacy live in their lives forever.

  5. Aaron Watkins January 10, 2024 at 8:43 pm - Reply

    Mr. Taylor was one of everyone’s favorite teachers. His Human Relations class helped us explore ourselves and grow into the adults we would eventually be. A great man whose legacy lives on in all of his students over the years.

  6. Laura Rushton January 10, 2024 at 9:14 pm - Reply

    My favorite high school teacher. I will never forget him. He raised my self esteem at a time when I was lost. He was one of the kindest, most caring teachers I’ve ever known, and I was a teacher too.

  7. William Wolcott January 11, 2024 at 4:27 am - Reply

    Good memories of Mr. Taylor teaching economics during my time at Rocky River High School when I attended from 1967-1971.

  8. Karen Jones January 13, 2024 at 11:01 pm - Reply

    Mr. Taylor was a wonderful teacher and supported each student. i was lucky to be in his class. Karen Murton Jones

  9. Patricia Rea January 17, 2024 at 3:31 am - Reply

    Mr, Taylor was my hero in tenth grade! He knew my sister and brother ahead of me; so I felt that he probably understood me even better that way. His comments in my notebook were like gold to me. Secret love notes at a time that I was struggling so much! I’m a psychiatrist now; and realize how much his reading and commenting on my notebook was a deep connection that I can still feel across the years. Much gratitude for your father and grandfather ♥️

  10. Leslie Bebensee March 1, 2024 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    Mr. Taylor had a profound influence on my critical thinking skills and encouraged me to think outside the box. He was such a kind teacher, supporting us while we developed our own values and personalities. I am so appreciative for his influence on the adult I became. He was transformational.
    So lucky to have had him teaching the class of ‘75.

  11. Patty Marsh March 2, 2024 at 1:00 pm - Reply

    Most teachers make a difference. Mr. Taylor made a profound one on so many students, myself included. We corresponded for years after high school and he was always that wise and supportive sage.

  12. Susan Schwenk May 20, 2024 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    I am just hearing about this now. It is May. Sending my thoughts to all his family. I’m a retired teacher myself. Mr. Taylor was my Human Relations teacher. He was my favorite teacher. He had us journal and I loved it as much as I hated it sometimes! But his comments on my journaling were so needed. He validated my feelings and responded with empathy, understanding and ‘homework’ of sorts that I needed in my life. He helped me understand and accept myself, boosting my self esteem at a time in my life that was so needed. Peace be with you all. Embrace the memories. I am sure there are many.

  13. Sondra Whitlow May 27, 2024 at 6:07 pm - Reply

    This is sad to read as Dave was a dear old friend. We had been communicating by email in recent years, but I hadn’t heard from him recently so decided to try to locate him today. I’ll miss you, Dave. I loved our recent reconnecting through email in these recent years as we remembered our younger selves. Thank you for the wonderful memories.

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