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Visitation, Funeral Services for Doris Taylor, 99, Wife of Former Belmar Mayor

On May 1, Doris Taylor cut the ribbon for the new Taylor Pavilion, which was rededicated in memory of her late husband, John Taylor, former Belmar mayor. Doris died on July 20 at age 99.
Sens. Robert Menendez and Cory Booker shared a moment with Doris Taylor during the reception marking the opening on the new Taylor Pavilion. Credits: Matthew Doherty

WALL, NJ — A memorial visitation and funeral service will be held on Friday, July 28 for longtime Belmar resident Doris L. Taylor who died on July 20 at Sunrise of Wall, where she was surrounded by her family. She was 99.

Visitation will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by a funeral service at 11:30 a.m., at Orender Family Home for Funerals, 2643 Old Bridge Road, Manasquan.

Doris was the wife of the late Belmar Mayor John Taylor after whom the borough's beachfront pavilion at Fifth Avenue was named. Most recently, she attended the grand opening on May 1 of the new Taylor Pavilion, which replaced the structure that was destroyed in 2012 by Superstorm Sandy. Surrounded by elected officials and family members, Doris was given the honor of cutting the ceremonial blue-and-white ribbon atop the stairs of the building’s entrance, bringing a generous round of applause from the several hundred people gathered for the event.

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Doris spent 92 years of her life in Belmar before moving to Sunrise of Wall. She was the secretary to her husband’s business, Taylor Hardware, which has been part of the borough’s downtown district for more than 100 years.

In addition to volunteering at the Deborah Heart and Lung Center, Browns Mills, for more than 25 years, Doris was a member of the Women’s Guild of the First Methodist Church of Belmar and one of the founding members of the “Stitch and Chatter” club. 

Doris’s husband of 64 years, John Andrew Taylor, who served as Belmar mayor from 1967 to 1979, died in 2001. She also was predeceased her parents, Thomas and Anna Sherman;  her brother, George Sherman; and her son-in-law, Edward Patnaude.

She is survived by her daughter Barbara Patnaude of Brielle; two grandchildren, Marjorie Patnaude, and Cheryl and husband Tim Shaak, all of Brielle;  two great-grandchildren, Robert (Jennifer) Mangold and Alexis Shaak; one great-great-grandchild, Carter Mangold; and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Belmar Historical Society, P.O. Box A, Belmar, NJ 07719, Compassionate Care Hospice, 1130 Hooper Avenue Toms River, NJ 08753, or Deborah Heart and Lung Center, P.O. Box 820, Browns Mills, NJ 08015.

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