Leonard J Taylor Sr.
Len was born in Riverside, NJ on St. Patrick’s Day 1941. Residing in Burlington City for most of his life, he graduated from Burlington City High School in 1959 and enlisted in the US Army in 1963. A Vietnam veteran, he served as a Military Police Officer until his honorable discharge in 1966.
After attending the NJ State Police Academy in Sea Girt NJ for municipal police training in 1967, Len started a 31 year career with the Burlington City Police Department. During his career, he served as a firearms instructor, SRT/Tac team member and supervisor, and Patrol supervisor. He rose to the rank of Lieutenant while receiving many professional honors and awards, including a heroism citation from Westampton Township for assisting in apprehending an armed robbery suspect which ended in a shootout at Russo’s liquors. Len retired in July 1998 and stayed active bowling in several leagues in the area and was a member of the 300 pin club for his perfect game. He worked after retirement for Page Funeral home and in the construction field. Len was an avid outdoorsman; he loved hunting and fishing with his sons, grandsons, brothers and nephews. He was fond of travelling with his wife, Beverly, to the Poconos, upstate NY, the shore and even Ireland. Len loved spending time with his family and put them above all other things.
He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Beverly (nee Koon); sons Len Jr (Christine) and Christian (Kari); grandchildren Cassady, Daniel, Joshua and Luke; sister Joan Hullings; brothers Floyd Jr “Goose” (Hope) and Robert “Bob” (Barbara) and numerous nieces and nephews. Len was predeceased by his parents, Floyd Sr “Dutchy” and Estella (Matusiak); brothers Ronald and Edward “Tiny” and sister Caroline; and granddaughter Madison Paige.
A viewing will be held Thursday, March 31, 2022 from 5:30PM to 8:00PM and Friday, April 1, 2022 from 9:00 AM to 10:30AM at Page’s Funeral Home, 302 E. Union St, Burlington, NJ 08016 followed by a mass of Christian burial at St Katherine Drexel Parish, All Saints Church, 502 High St., Burlington, NJ 08016 at 11:00AM.
In lieu of flowers, donations are requested in his memory to the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (https://support.trcp.org/contribute), the Burlington County Chiefs of Police Association scholarship program, 295 Bordentown Chesterfield Rd., Chesterfield, NJ 08515; or the American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org)
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