Keene- Gerald Bittner-Taylor, “Gerry”, 74, of Prospect Street in Hinsdale died Saturday, February 9, 2019 at Cheshire Medical Center following a period of declining health.
He was born in Valparaiso, Florida on August 11, 1944 the son of Elwin and Lona (Smith) Taylor. Gerry was raised and educated in New Haven, Connecticut where he graduated from high school.
He went on to serve his country in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Korea prior to his honorable discharge from active service.
Gerry had been employed at the Brattleboro Retreat for over ten years and later worked for Code 3 Products in Brattleboro. He was a volunteer firefighter with the Hinsdale Fire Department and a former member of the Windsor, Vermont Fire Department.
Active fraternally, he was a member of the F&AM, Brattleboro Lodge #102 and held membership in the Brattleboro Shrine Club. Additionally, he was a member and past president of the Brattleboro Lions Club, was a member of the American Legion, Brattleboro Post #5, V.F.W. Carl M. Dessaint Post #1034 and held membership in the John Blake Chapter of Disabled American Veterans of Windham County.
Of his pastimes and interests, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating and riding his Harley-Davidson.
On May 17, 1991 at the Guilford Fire Station he was married to Linda Bittner who survives.
Besides his devoted wife of 27 years he leaves three daughters, Donna LaGrave of Wolcott, CT, Lori Fortier of Waterbury, CT and Kathleen Plante of Alva, Florida, one son, Keith Dakers of Hinsdale, a brother, Michael Taylor of New Haven, CT, seven grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of his life will be held on Friday, February 22’Nd at the American Legion, Brattleboro Post #5 on Linden Street from 2 P.M. to 6 P.M. Those that plan to attend are encouraged to bring a dish to share.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name may be made to Shiners Hospital for Children, 516 Carew Street, Springfield, MA 01104.