Arnet R. Taylor ’49

Arnet R. Taylor ’49 died on September 24, 2017, in Rye, New Hampshire.

(The following appeared online at in October 2017:)

Arnet R. Taylor, Sr. of Rye, passed away peacefully, on Sunday, September 24, 2017, six weeks after his 92nd birthday, which he enjoyed at a beach picnic with his family. He was born on August 10, 1925, in Boston, MA, and spent his youth in Jamaica Plain, with his only brother, Eugene. Arnet attended Boston Latin School, where he developed his love for reading and writing.

Like many of his generation, he joined the war efforts during WWII and served in the Pacific Theatre with the US Army Air Corps. Following his return home, he attended Bowdoin College on the G.I. Bill, where he was editor of the Bowdoin Quill. In 1948, he met Anne Heffernan, of Scituate, MA, after spotting her on her sailboat, and they married a year later. Seven children and many more boats followed.

Arnet worked selling textbooks, marketing specialty papers, and he owned his own marine hardware store, Taylor Marine.

His greatest pleasures were his family and time on the water. Following his retirement, Arnet and Anne sailed the Intercoastal Water Way, and spent many summers cruising the warm waters of Cape Cod and cooler waters of Penobscot Bay. He volunteered at Boston Children’s Hospital and with Hospice of Seacoast, N.H. Arnet and Anne traveled the world, including following their oldest son, Arnet Jr. on his global solo sailing race, the B.O.C. Challenge. He loved his children and grandchildren, and was proud of all their myriad paths.

Arnet was predeceased by his brother Gene in 2007; his son John in 2014; and his wife, Anne, in 2016.

He is survived by his children, Arnet Jr. of Dover, his wife Carolyn and her daughter, Mollie; Peter Taylor and his wife Linda of New Castle and their children Ben and Maddy; his daughter-in-law Abby Taylor of Rye, and her daughter, Brooke; Gretchen Taylor-Clancy and her husband Ted of Dover and their son Zachary; Christopher Taylor, and his wife Liz of Lee, and their children Kinsman and Lexi; Ellen M. Taylor and her husband Daniel Baker of Appleton, ME, and Matthew Taylor and his wife his wife Erika of Portsmouth and their children Julia, Harrison, and Alden.
Arnet’s faith was deep and unfaltering. The family would like to thank the staff at Webster at Rye for the exceptional care Arnet received during his residency.

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