Born in Camden, NJ, Kevin was the son of the late Evan and Rosina (Gordon) Taylor. He was a graduate of Gloucester High School Class of 1974 and went on to complete trade school. Before retiring, Kevin worked at MHS Lift Inc. in Brooklawn, NJ and Seaford, DE for over 35 years. He began as a technician and rose through the ranks as a service manager and technical trainer before becoming the branch manager of MHS Lift Inc. in Seaford, DE.
After retirement, Kevin enjoyed flipping houses. He was a talented woodworker and loved to build things. His children will treasure his many woodworking heirlooms he created for them from baby cradles and rocking chairs to Chinese checkerboards and trains. Kevin was known as “the handyman on call” for his children and could fix anything. He also enjoyed working on cars and had even tackled restoring his son's convertible Volkswagen Beetle.
Family was the center of Kevin's world. He loved traveling with his wife, Patricia, and they were “beach bums” who especially enjoyed visiting beaches and lighthouses. Cape May was a favorite beach destination for them as Kevin proposed to Patricia there. Some of their favorite trips included going to Florida, Key West, San Francisco and Las Vegas. They also loved to jump in the car and go for day trips.
Kevin was a doting Dad and Poppop. He was a constant spectator at all of his children's and grandchildren's sporting events, where he sometimes could be considered the second or third string coach. He enjoyed photography and could often be found behind the camera at the sporting events snapping pictures of all the action.
In earlier years, Kevin could be found on the sidelines coaching youth sports during all four seasons including Westville Soccer, Softball, and Baseball. He was a positive influence on many young lives, who respected him as a coach and mentor.
On Black Friday, Kevin could be found baking cookies with his grandchildren. He loved to bake and was known for his delicious breads including his rosemary bread, raisin bread and pepperoni bread, just to name a few. He also made an amazing carrot cake. At Christmas, Kevin loved to set up his massive train platform with the trains he made and towns and backdrops. He was also a Philadelphia Flyers fan.
Kevin is survived by his beloved wife, Patricia A. (Gritton) Taylor; his children, Keith T. Taylor (Geni) of Worcester, MA, Kelly L. Mazzocca (Rudy) of West Deptford, NJ, John A. DeLuca, Jr. (Jennifer) of Glenside, PA, Dawn M. DeLuca of Bear, DE, and Kristin D. Connor of Newark, DE; his eleven grandchildren; his sister, Wendy Wilson (Bob) of Gloucester City, NJ; and many nieces, nephews and extended family.
Family and friends may visit from 9:30 to 11:00 AM on Friday, December 3 at Doherty Funeral Home, 3200 Limestone Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808, where a Celebration of Kevin’s Life will begin in 11:00 AM. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 669, New Castle, DE 19720.