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Obituary (MA): Hugh Michael Taylor '66

Posted on 06/25/2018

Hugh M. Taylor of Duxbury, died peacefully in the presence of loving family members on June 21, 2018 after a courageous six-year battle with multiple myeloma. Hugh and his beloved wife and best friend, Maureen, had recently celebrated 47 years of marriage. He was proud of, and adored, his sons Patrick, Andrew, and Daniel; daughters-in-law Julie and Colleen; and seven grandchildren, Riley, Mika, Maddy, Zadie, Jonathan (JT), Meret, and Bekele. Though bittersweet, his family takes comfort knowing that he is now enjoying time with his son Jonathan. Hugh embraced life and was loved and admired by many. He grew up in Oak Square in Brighton, the son of George and Dorothy Taylor and brother to George and Richard Taylor and Eileen Flynn. He attended Boston English High School and was nominated by Tip O'Neill to the United States Naval Academy, where he excelled as a student. Hugh was commissioned as an officer and, after a year at sea, spent two years serving his country in Vietnam, including a year as Officer in Charge of a swift boat (PFC-91) in Qui Nhom. Upon his return to Boston, Hugh continued in active duty at the Boston Naval Shipyard in Charlestown before pursuing his MBA at Boston College's Carroll School of Management where he was a Wall Street Journal Scholar. He went on to a successful career in the Boston banking industry, first at New England Merchants Bank, where he became an Executive Vice President, and later as Managing Director of Newbury, Piret & Co. Along the way, he started several businesses and served on the boards of numerous public and private companies. Hugh also continued to serve in the US Naval Reserves until his retirement at the rank of Commander. Hugh's many professional obligations and accomplishments never distracted him spending time with his family, with whom he enjoyed many weekends and vacations skiing in New Hampshire and boating in Duxbury Bay on the "Four Buoys." He loved golf and was an avid reader, and regular gatherings with his extended family were a joy to him. A large-hearted and generous man, Hugh had many friends and no shortage of stories to share. Having had a taste of the seafaring life in the Navy, he always cherished his time on or near the water, and he would eventually become Commodore of the Duxbury Yacht Club, a post he enjoyed immensely. His positive attitude, hope, and courage were an inspiration to all who knew him. His family will forever appreciate the exceptional care and attention that he received at Mass General Hospital, particularly from Jill Burke, N.P., and Dr. Noopur Raje, and by Norwell VNA. A Funeral Mass to celebrate Hugh's life will be held on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at Holy Family Church in Duxbury at 10:00 a.m. The Taylor family will receive relatives and friends outside the church beginning at 9:45 a.m. In lieu of flowers, gifts in Hugh's memory may be made to the "MGH Multiple Myeloma Program" online at or by mail at Massachusetts General Hospital c/o Development Office, Attn: Tyrone Latin, 125 Nashua St., Ste 540, Boston, MA 02114. For online guestbook and driving directions, please visit the website MacDonald Funeral Home Marshfield

Published in The Boston Globe on June 24, 2018