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Harry E. Taylor

July 1, 1931 — October 31, 2022

Harry was the son of E. Lawrence and Grace Clara (Morrow) Taylor, Easton, PA. He was married to the former Lorraine Karnish of Lansford, PA. Harry passed into God's loving care on Monday, October 31, 2022, with his family by his side. He graduated from Easton High School and Bliss Electrical School in Washington, D.C. Subsequently, He earned his BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from Oklahoma State University. He is a four-year Navy veteran with 3 tours to Korea serving proudly on the USS Mt. McKinley Flag Ship as an Electronics Technician First Class.

He is a member of the IEEE; Life Member Telephone Pioneers of America; Order of the Fleas and Citizens Hose, Easton; VFW, First Defenders, and the Notre Dame 55+ Club. He is also a member of the Masons and the following honor societies: ETA Kappa Nu, Sigma Tau, Phi Eta Sigma, and Phi Kappa Phi.

While at OSU he received the following honors: the very first and second annual Dresser Scholarships, a Sigma XI Scholarship, and Eta Kappa Nu Award to Outstanding Sophomore and Freshman. As an engineering freshman, he was named to the President's Distinguished student list. He earned his BS in 3 years, his MS the fourth, and worked toward his doctorate at NYU and Lehigh University. It was common to hear Harry exclaim "Can't you do it in your head?" as he tutored his children and grandchildren in math! Harry had awesome retention.

Harry was employed at AT&T Bell Laboratories retiring after 31+ years. He worked at Allentown and Reading as Engineering Supervisor in the Customer Service Dept.

He was able to fix just about anything large or small. No challenge was too great nor too trivial. Once accepted, he was relentless, stubborn, and determined. His avocation was bringing new life to old, broken, and discarded Gingerbread clocks. He was a Civil War buff, and an avid fan of all sports. First and foremost was his much-loved Oklahoma State Cowboys. He was a Cincinnati Reds fan, and he felt Pete Rose deserved to be in The Hall of Fame. He cheered on the Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies. He looked forward to annual family beach vacations, Mt. McKinley Reunions, and "cruising" the high seas with his wife.

Harry is survived by his beloved wife, Lorraine; sons: Lawrence (Mary) of Quakertown; and Stephen (Joni) of FL; daughters: Susan Pursel (Craig) of Pennsburg and Dana Shak-Bender (Paul) of Bethlehem, whom he helped raise; grandchildren: Kevin, Kyle, Dane, Michael Taylor; Matt, Megan Sikora; Luke, Ava, Eden Bender, Cori Pursel; great grandson, Michael Taylor; and brother-in-law, Michael J. Karnish, whom he considered a brother. He was predeceased by his sister, Frances "Nancy" John, and his beloved border collies, Rasan & Fergie.

Mass of Christian Burial at Notre Dame of Bethlehem, 1861 Catasauqua Rd, Bethlehem, PA 18018, on Tuesday, November 8, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. Calling period will be held in the church from 9:30-10:15 a.m. The Mass will be streamed using the link below, following a video that will be played at 10:15 a.m. on Zoom. Interment with military honors will be held at Bethlehem Memorial Park.


Contributions may be made to Notre Dame of Bethlehem, or Glenn Highland Farm, Senior Border Collie Rescue, 6699 Fox Centre Parkway, Gloucester, VA 23061, Attn: Lillie Goodrich. Please specify: In Memory of Harry Taylor. Condolences may be offered at

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Time: Nov 8, 2022 10:15 AM Eastern Time US

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Bethlehem Memorial Park
1851 Linden St.
Bethlehem PA 18017

Tuesday, November 8, 2022
9:30 AM - 10:15 AM
Notre Dame of Bethlehem Catholic Church
1861 Catasauqua Rd.
Bethlehem PA 18018

Mass of Christian Burial
Tuesday, November 8, 2022
10:30 AM
Notre Dame of Bethlehem Catholic Church
1861 Catasauqua Rd.
Bethlehem PA 18018

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245 East Broad St.
Bethlehem PA - 18018

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