Bernard Taylor was born on December 23, 1940 in Washington, DC, to the late Charles Snowden and Ersalete Shorter. Bernard was one of eleven siblings. During his early childhood Bernard resided in Silesia and Takoma Park, MD before moving to Chapel Hill, MD in 1949.
Bernard received his formal education in the Prince Georges County Public School system graduating from Fairmount Heights High School where he played on the football team.
He was an avid sports fan; enjoying all sports. He especially loved the game of baseball. He was a member of the Chapel Hill All-Stars in 1955 where he played shortstop. His second love was football where he enjoyed spending time with family and friends watching his favorite team, the Washington Redskins.
Bernard held several positions prior to working for the D.C. Government where he later retired from St. Elizabeth Hospital after working for 37 years as a Transportation Specialist. After retirement, Bernard most enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He especially enjoyed the time he spent with his grandchildren and telling numerous stories about them and his childhood.
Bernard met the love of his life and life-long companion Shirley Mason in 1965 who he later married. They were blessed with five children.
Bernard departed life peacefully at his home on March 31, 2011. He leaves to mourn and cherish his memory a devoted wife Shirley Taylor, his children Thomas, Anthony, Lynnetta, Verlisa, and Bernard, Jr., a devoted son-in-law Michael Thompson; daughter-in-law Latasha Taylor, seven grandchildren Michael “Trey”, Tyrell, Tanoa, Taylor, Rian, Reginald, and Jaila; sisters Shirley (Sidney), Jean, Jeanette, Evoral (George), & Veronica; two brothers Wesley (Willamena) & Alton and a host of sister & brother-in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He is preceded in death by his beloved mother Ersalete Taylor; Brothers Floyd and Richard, sister Eva Mae.