Michael R. Taylor 6/10/57 - 2/6/19 BARRE — Michael Robert Taylor, 61, of Barre, passed away on Feb. 6, 2019, at Maple Ridge Memory Care in Essex Junction. Michael was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on June 10, 1957, to Margaret (Sullivan) and Robert Taylor. He grew up primarily in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, graduating from Longmeadow High School and Westfield State College, was named an All-American Scholar and recognized as one of four exceptional graduating seniors in history. He married his soulmate, Karen (Thomas), in 1980 shortly after meeting and working at Riverside Park. Together, they had three children. Michael held a variety of jobs throughout his life, but enjoyed his positions at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier and the Hartness Library at VTC in Randolph Center, the most. Michael was an active man who liked to walk, ski, listen to music, the Red Sox, attending his children’s sporting events, camping, and playing in local softball and bowling leagues. Michael was predeceased by his father, Robert, and brother, David. He is survived by his loving wife, Karen Taylor; mother Margaret (and Bob) Magovern; sister Jacqueline and brother-in-law Dave Ritchie; adoring children Katie Taylor, Amy Harmon (Taylor) and Benjamin Taylor; son-in-law Ross Harmon; grandchildren Eleanor, Miller and Henry; nieces and nephews Winston Taylor, David Ritchie, Michael and Ashley Thomas; and extended family Irene and Rene Thomas and Rob and Lori Thomas. A special thank you to the staff at Maple Ridge Memory Care and UVM Hospice for their care, compassion and dignity provided to Michael as his disease progressed. In memory of Michael, donations can be made to the Barre Youth Sports Association/BYSA (barreyouthsports.com); or Project Independence in Barre (pibarre.org).