LEWISTON – Beloved father, friend, and community member, Conrad Taylor passed away peacefully after an illness with his son and daughter by his side on Jan. 11, 2015, at Central Maine Medical Center.
He was born in the town of East Dixfield on May 11, 1941, a son of Walter and Marion Taylor Sr. On Jan.14, 1961, he married the late Carol Wetmore. They built their life together with two children, Lori and Jeff.
Conrad was an avid and active member of the stock car racing community starting with his own racing career in the 1960s and then supporting his son, Jeff, as crew chief though nine pro-stock championships at Oxford Plains Speedway and through his racing career in the Busch North Racing Series. Conrad was awarded the Nascar Crew Chief of the Year award and in 2012 was inducted into the Maine Motorsports Hall of Fame.
Conrad supported his family as a logger, a truck driver, and owned the Sunoco gas station in Farmington before owning Conrad’s Auto Repair at his home in Chesterville. Following the closing of his auto repair shop, Conrad supported his son Jeff as an employee at Distance Racing in Fairfield.
Conrad took the most pride in his family, including his grandchildren Tally and Tate Hodgdon.
Conrad was predeceased by his wife Carol Wetmore Taylor in 2005, his parents Walter and Marion Taylor, his brother Walter “Sonny” Taylor Jr. and his beloved dog Sam.
Conrad is survived by his children Lori and husband Brian Robbins of Jay and Jeff Taylor and his wife Sherry of Farmington, sisters Patricia Williams, Betty Dudley, and Pauline Boothby, and sister-in-law and brother in-law Norie and Phillip Clement of Durham; grandchildren, Tally and Tate Hodgdon and T.J. and Dustin Tyler and great grandson Riley Tyler, many nieces and nephews and his dear friend, Timmy “T-Bone” Bullen.
He will be greatly missed by his family and community, particularly the racing community. Tributes and condolences and a memorial video tribute may be shared on his memorial wall at www.wilesrc.com.
A Celebration of his Life will be held on Saturday, Jan. 17, from 4-7 p.m. at the Wiles Remembrance Center, 137 Farmington Falls Road, Farmington. Refreshments will be served. Private interment will be at Riverside Cemetery in Farmington in the spring. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Victory Junction Gang, a camp for children with disabilities and illnesses, 4500 Adams Way, Randleman, N.C. 27317.