This month, the City of Lakewood lost one of its longtime residents, volunteers and supporters.
Jim Taylor Jr., “Mr. Tillicum” as he was affectionately but deservedly referred to, passed away peacefully in his home Sept. 12, surrounded by his loving family. He was 82.
His is survived by his five children, six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and his beloved dogs.
Taylor was a life-long resident of Tillicum, graduating from Clover Park High School in 1951, where he played ice hockey. He served in the Navy and continued his family’s third generation masonry business. Jim was a lifetime member of the BAC Local 1 WA and President of its Apprenticeship Committee.
He was also a long-time ice hockey coach at the Lakewood Ice Arena; served as a Pierce County Sheriff’s Deputy and was actively involved in his community as President of the Clover Park School District Board of Directors, as well as President of the Tillicum-Woodbrook Community Center. Jim was also a member of the Tillicum-Woodbrook Neighborhood Association and a member of the Lakewood Historical Society.
He also offered his to help to help the City of Lakewood and was a supporter of many of its efforts. According to The News Tribune, when residents of the Lakewood community voted on the City’s incorporation in 1996, Taylor spearheaded an effort to encourage Tillicum residents to support their inclusion into the City.
He served on the Planning Advisory Board from 2011 to 2014. Last year, the City honored Taylor as its Volunteer of the Year.
The City of Lakewood extends its sincerest condolences to Jim Taylor’s family and friends, as well as the entire Tillicum community.
The City also encourages residents to attend a celebration of Jim’s life is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 26 at 1 p.m., at the Tillicum Baptist Church, 8415 Maple Street SW.