The Rev. Mr. Taylor E. Roth

The Rev. Mr. Taylor E. Roth

Passed on Saturday, 08 February 2020
The Rev. Taylor E. Roth died suddenly on February 8, 2020.  Taylor leaves behind his devoted children, Martha Kovat and husband Peter of Sharon, Deborah Margarite and husband Steve of North Easton, Taylor Roth, Jr. and wife Eileen of Braintree. Stepchildren Chris Whitney and wife Jeanne and Diane Whitney and husband William, all of Needham. Four grandsons and one great-grandson and seven step-grandchildren.

Taylor was born in Chicago and graduated from Denison University where he studied psychology and was a member of Tau Beta Beta Fraternity. Upon graduating he moved to Massachusetts to attend Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Center. He thrived in his studies and the intellectual and theological climate. As a student, he served as an assistant minister to The First Baptist Church in Boston. There, he met his first wife Alice Grace Notz, a nursing student at Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing. Taylor was called to serve as pastor in North Grafton, MA, and to the Stratford Street Baptist Church in West Roxbury. After a thriving and rewarding ten year pastorate, Taylor left to join the faculty of Northeastern University. He then had a brief stint in the business sector but then returned to church ministry, answering his real calling. He spent over 18 years as Pastor of the Allin Congregational Church in Dedham, during which time he was married to his second wife, the former Janiece Caldwell Whitney. In 1995,he left Dedham to reside in Needham, where he served in a part-time position as Minister of Caring at The The Congregational Church of Needham. In 2013, Taylor left Needham to reside at Lasell Village In Newton. This senior living community was a perfect fit for Taylor as this community is filled with active life-long learners. He particularly enjoyed his classes in Shakespeare, music, art appreciation and the Cosmos. Five days before his death, he was practicing with his beloved Voices of Experience for their next musical performance, West Side Story.

There are visiting Hours on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 from 4:00-7:00pm at the George F. Doherty & Sons Wilson-Cannon Funeral Home, 456 High St., Dedham, MA.

Memorial service is at the Allin Congregational Church, 683 High Street, Dedham, MA on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 11:00am.  Relatives and friends kindly invited. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Allin Congregational Church, 683 High St., Dedham, MA 02026. 

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