Nelson Taylor Sr., steel worker, is dead at 82


A Mass of Christian burial for Nelson A. Taylor Sr., a retired steel worker who worked to improve Fells Point, will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, Broadway and Bank Street in Fells Point.

Mr. Taylor, 82, died Wednesday of complications following lung cancer surgery at Deaton Hospital.

Originally from the Eastern Shore, Mr. Taylor moved to Fells Point 50 years ago and had taken an active role in his community.

Over the years, he had been vice president and treasurer of the Fells Point Improvement Association and president of the South Durham Improvement Association, and he had worked on establishing the Thames Street Park and the Lemko House for senior citizens. He also worked on opening the recreation center on Ann Street.

Mr. Taylor was a familiar sight walking his black Chihuahua around Fells Point. Every year, he threw a Christmas party for more than 300 underprivileged kids, for which the American Legion honored him in 1977. He received a plaque from Mayor William Donald Schaefer in 1985 in appreciation of his community service. He also enjoyed cooking for family and friends, especially creating his fried chicken.

For more than three decades, Mr. Taylor worked in Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s coke ovens, where coal is melted in the steelmaking process. He retired in 1973.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, the former Anna Grodkowski; a son, Nelson A. Taylor Jr. of Fells Point; a daughter, Christine Reed of Dundalk; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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