MILLINOCKET – William Howard “Bill” Taylor, 94, passed away Friday, Oct. 12, 2007, at the Hospice House, Auburn. Bill’s kind, gentle and artistic soul will be sadly missed. Bill was born Sept. 20, 1913, the son of Sarah Fellows and George Taylor. Born and raised in Millinocket, Bill lived there until 1935, when he moved to New Jersey, to attend shipbuilding school. Upon completion of school, Bill returned to Millinocket to marry Gladys Mc-Farlane. Bill and Gladys relocated to New Jersey, where he supervised the construction of ships through the end of World War II. During his spare time there, Bill used his analytical mind to indulge in card playing and following professional sports. He was a longtime member of the Millinocket Chapter of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. After the war, Bill and Gladys returned to Millinocket to raise their family. Bill worked at Great Northern Paper Co., in the finishing room until his retirement in 1975. After his retirement, Bill started to flourish, gaining a greater app-reciation for the beauty and grandeur of the Millinocket area. Bill first climbed Mount Katahdin when he was in his mid-60s. He frequently returned to Baxter State Park to indulge his newfound passion for photography and love of nature. This passion would lead Bill on travels throughout northern and coastal Maine, where he would just disappear for hours or a day, sometimes to the consternation of his family. Bill launched into all of his interests with passion. He loved fishing and boating, and shared that love with his family at the camp on Ambajejus Lake. He would draw, garden, explore Baxter State Park and play cards with an infectious enthusiasm that would draw others to him. Bill was predeceased by his daughter, Sylvia Jeanne Small. He is survived by his wife, Gladys Mary; sons, William Jr. of Annandale, N.J., and Robert and wife, Teresa, of Waynesville, N.C.; daughters, Rox-anne DiMarco and husband, Gary, of Gardiner and Janice Nicholson of Newcastle. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Christy, Eron, Anthony and wife, Heather, Christopher and Elija. Bill will be greatly missed by his entire family and close friends, including Tom and Sharon Rideout, and Natalia Nattress. The family wishes to thank the staff at Central Maine Medical Center for their kind, caring treatment. They also would like to extend their gratitude and admiration to the staff of the Hospice House for their dedication and compassion for Bill and his family during his last few months. Friends are invited to visit with the family 9:30-10:30 a.m. Monday at Lamson Funeral Home, 11 Tamarack St., Millinocket. Graveside services will be held 11 a.m. Monday at Millinocket Cemetery. Gifts in memory of Bill may be sent to the Hopsice House, 236 Stetson Road, Auburn, ME 04210. Messages of condolence may be expressed at www.lamsonfh.com