James Albert "Jamesal" Taylor
James Albert "Jamesal" Taylor of Mequon. Nov. 21, 1919 - Oct. 30, 2007.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jamesal Taylor, a generous, kind gentleman.
He left this world at home in the presence of his cherished wife Linda.
He is survived by his beloved children James Albert (Theresa), John William and Barbara Elizabeth (John); and two grandchildren James Al-bert V and Alexandra Jane.
He was preceded in death by his devoted wife of 48 years Jane Carolyn.
His generous spirit is also remembered by relatives and many friends, who came from all walks of life, were young and old and lived in countries around the world.
He thoroughly enjoyed sharing with them good stories, fantastic travel experiences, interesting books and great wine.
Jamesal was born in Madison where he showed an early curiosity in learning in a wide range of interests. He attended West High School and the University of Wisconsin, earning a degree in civil engineering.
His summers were filled with travels throughout America and pre-war Europe.
The friends that he made, the experiences he had and the photographs that he took during these years remained with him throughout his life.
James served as a flight instructor in the U.S. Naval Reserve during World War II.
After his service, he returned to Milwaukee to join Taylor Electric Company with his father and later became its president.
James was an active member of the community giving countless hours of his time to wonderful organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club, the Wisconsin Council on Economic Education (EconomicsWisconsin), the Better Business Bur-eau, the Citizens Re-search Bureau and the Greater Milwaukee Committee.
James was a founding member of the Milwaukee Chapitre of the Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin. He strove to continue the tradition of charitable contributions through establishment of the James A. Taylor Family Foundation.
Private memorial services were held Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral Home in Mequon. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Grafton.
Memorials in James A. Taylorís name may be directed to the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts, P.O. Box 562, Cedarburg, WI 53012 or to Economics-Wisconsin, 7635 W. Bluemound Road, Suite 106, Milwaukee, WI 53213.