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BERNARDO EDWIN LEROY TAYLOR
July 23, 1912 -- January 1, 1990
January 5, 1990
John Thomas Funeral Home
11:30 a.m. 1:00 p.m.
Cathedral Church of All Saints
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BERNARDO EDWIN LEROY TAYLOR
July 23, 1912 -- January 1, 1990
Bernardo Edwin Leroy Taylor was called to his heavenly retreat
on Monday, January 1, 1990, at 9:00 a.m., after an extended battle
with Parkinson's Disease.
Bernardo E. Taylor was born in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands on
July 23, 1912, to Clarence and Esseline Blyden Taylor. He grew up
and attended school in St. Thomas, until the age of fifteen. Before
leaving St. Thomas, he worked at the A.H. Riise Apothecary from the
time he was ten years old. Here is where he received the title. "Mr. B.,"
since his age and size did not match his high level of responsibility.
At the age of fifteen, he moved to New York City, attended Boys
High School and graduated from Washington Irving High School. He
attended City College and New York University in New York City, and
took on a position as a biochemical technician at the N.Y.U. Dental
School. He was joined in that job by his wife. The low pay necessitated
his working additional jobs in the evenings and weekends at Food
Research Laboratories and ATCO Scientific Photographic Studios,
his brother Alvin's business. During this time, he joined Club 75, the
All Blue Club, and the Blue Ribbon Club, composed of people from
Among the other organizations that he joined were the Rotary Club,
the Free Masons Harmonic Lodge (a family tradition), React, AARP
(past president), Visually Handicapped Club (past president), the Board
of Directors of the Dorie Miller Housing Corporation (past president),
and the American Chemical Society.
After twenty-five years, Bernardo resigned from the post at N.Y.U.
He took jobs as a quality control chemist for various private photo pro-
cessing companies. When he moved back to St. Thomas with his wife
in December of 1977 to help care for her mother, he continued his in-
volvement in the photographic field, by working with the Photo III studio.
Bernardo; Bennie; Mr. B; Hon; B.T.; Daddy; Umpa; Grandpa; Papa...
by any name, he was known with love, and as a selfless and accom-
modating person. His friends were many. "How." they wondered,
"did he sustain his even disposition through such tremendous dis-
comfort?" It was his way, for a man can withstand anything for the love
of his family and the honor of God.
To mourn his loss, he leaves his caring, devoted and beloved wife,
Graciella; his daughter, Enid Lopes of Plainview, N.Y. and her husband,
Vick; his son Robert of Cambria Heights, N.Y. and his wife Lynette; his
seven grandchildren; his two great grandchildren; his sisters Uta
Mitchell and Dana Kahn; his brother Ector Roebuck; nieces and
nephews: cousins;,and a host of relatives and friends.
THE JOY OF LIFE IS SURPASSED ONLY BY
THE JOY OF ETERNAL PEACE.
Graciella Baa Taylor
Enid Taylor Lopes Robert A. Taylor
Crystal Lopes Holub / Celeste Lopes
Damian, Deric, Durahn, Armia and Dien Taylor
Melanie and Donovan Holub
Viater Lopes Lynette Smallwood Taylor
Dana Taylor Khan / Uta Taylor Mitchell
Enid M. Baa / Gerda Roebuck
Hussein Kahn / Frank Mitchell
Harmonic Lodge No. 356 E.C........ Rhys Hodge/Levette Ruan
Rotary Club of St. Thomas ............... Herbert Lockhart III
The American Red Cross ...................... Pedro Lopez
St. Thomas Rescue ...........................Albert Aubain
George Blackhall / Prutus Canton / Alton D. Cobette
Phillip L. Corniero / Aubrey Hansen / Austin Hansen
George A. Moorehead / Basil Moses / Aubrey Roebuck
Bernard Roebuck / Elmo D. Roebuck / Elmore Simon
A. Thaddeus Smallwood / Randolph Wilhelmsen
RESURRECTION MASS FOR
BERNARDO TAYLOR, R.I.P.
Celebrant: The Reverend Anath E. Jackson
(Cousin of the deceased)
OPENING HYMN NO. 208
FUNERAL ANTHEMS .....
PSALM 23 .............
THE HOLY GOSPEL ......
SERMON HYMN NO. 552
THE CREED .............
................ "The Strife Is O'er"
............. Prayer Book, page 491
................... W isdom 3:1-5, 9
Reverend Seminarian Deric A. Taylor
............. Prayer Book, page 476
.................... St. John 14:1-6
The Rev. Anath Jackson
............. "Fight the Good Fight"
. Prayer Book, page 496
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE ............ Prayer Book. page 497
OFFERTORY HYMN NO. 191 ....... "Alleluia Hearts and Voices
THE GREAT THANKSGIVING ........... Prayer Book, page 361
COMMUNION HYMN NO. 337 ........... "And Now, O Father,
Mindful of the Love"
PRE-ABSOLUTION HYMN NO. 194 .............. "Jesus Lives,
the Terrors Now"
FINAL TRIBUTE ................ "Battle Hymn of the Republic"
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Jesus said to his disciple, "You are saidfor a time, but I shall see
you afgan; then your hearts will revoke with a joy no one can take
from you." He sal, "Go now and grieve for a time."
HUMAN BEINGS DO NOT BELONG TO ONE ANOTHER.
We are all God's children. We belong to Him.
It is by God's sheer grace and love that we are together for a
time for a little while. We receive God's gift of another person in
our lives with thanksgiving. But we must realize that this person is a
gift. We cannot hang on, or refuse to let go of one of God's children
when He calls. The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away. Bernardo
Edwin Leroy Taylor Was A Gift. One Of God's Own Tiny Children.
And for a time, God gave Mr. B to the world. In order that two
human beings might have a child And, later, in order that a woman
might have a husband, and three children might have a father.
And seven other children might have a grandfather. And that two
other children might have a great-grandfather. And a woman came
to know what it means to have a husband. And because of Hon,
the world understood more fully the greatness of the love of God.
But now Daddy has died. And we won't see him again. That's
painful. And there is no way to minimize the pain. Jesus said, "Go
now and grieve for a time." We do not sorrow because God is unjuit
or cruel. The world did nothing to deserve Papa. God gave him to
us freely. Not because we deserved him, but because he loved us.
We are not sorrowing because God is unjust. We are sorrowing
because Grandpa is gone. And that's right. That's just right. Je-
sus said "Go now and grieve for a time." But joy will come in the
A part of us is dead. That part which we call our husband, our
father, our father-in-law, our grandfather, our great-grandfather,
our brother, our brother-in-law, our uncle and our friend. And
we know the pain and emptiness, and the guilt and the heartbreak
all too well. We will never be the same. And that's right too. We
can't ever be the same again.
We are here to say good-bye to one of God's tiny children.
Jesus said, "Go now and grieve for a time: but I will see you again
and your hearts will rejoice with a joy no one can take from you."
God loves Daddy and Daddy belongs to Him, He always has.
For a time the Lord gave him to the world. And now B has gone.
arus we Know me emptiness. That's the way it is with human beings.
We are here today, reluctantly, to offer Daddy back to God. In so
doing we are offering ourselves. We are here -- to dare to say "Our
Father" and to pray "Thy will be done." On Earth we are here to
trust God, and to love Him, and to realize how much He loves us.
We are here to say good-bye to Daddy. One of God's tiny children.
And today we must let go of his hand. But in so doing we give it over
to that of his heavenly Father. We cannot hang on. We must let go.
But God has hold of his hand, and he will never let go.
Through Christ we have eternal life.
Through Him we are reborn
So when one enters heaven's gates,
Why do we Christians mourn?
Because of Jesus' sacrifice,
Our death is but a sleep.
So when one takes that peaceful rest,
Why do we Christians weep?
In God's house there are rooms prepared,
For all humanity.
You know, then, that there is a place,
Reserved for Mr. B.!
So let our faith dry up our tears,
And all our doubts dispel,
So that the joy that he has now,
May be our own as well.
From the family by
Durahn Andrew Bernardo Taylor