David George Taylor, Jr.

January 13, 1999 - February 5, 2020 Chadds Ford, PA | Age 21

It is with deepest sadness that we announce that David George Taylor, Jr. (Dave) passed away suddenly in the early hours of Wednesday, February 5th 2020, in his lifelong hometown of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. He was 21 years old.

Dave was born on January 13th, 1999 at Crozer Chester Medical Center to mother Helen Catherine Taylor and father David George Taylor, Sr. He grew up in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, and was a loving son, brother, and friend.

From his earliest years, Dave loved cars, trucks, motorcycles, and learning to build and fix things alongside his father. He enjoyed being outside and never wanted to waste even a second of a bright, sunny day. He also loved animals, especially his childhood dog, Rex. As a teenager, he adopted his Labrador mix Diesel, and recently, his Golden Retriever puppy, Bella. He also took great interest in listening to the sound of coyotes howling in the night and found peace whenever he could be in the mountains.

As a kid, he attended Hillendale Elementary School and Charles F. Patton Middle School. He was a classic rock enthusiast who became quite accomplished with both the electric and acoustic guitar, which he played in talent shows, recitals, and school and community concerts. He was a 2017 graduate of TCHS-Pennocks Bridge (Auto Service Technology program) and Unionville High School. He scored at the Advanced Level on his Occupational Skill Assessment in the Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician career and technical education program at TCHS and went on to earn his Pennsylvania State Auto Emissions and State Inspection Licenses in 2017 and his Motorcycle Inspection License in 2018.

He was proud to work alongside his father, brother, and uncle at the family business, Taylor’s Service Center, where he was employed since he was sixteen, and went on to become the best, kindest and most thorough auto/ motorcycle technician anyone has ever known. He most recently became a business partner, and all of his customers loved him, not only for his work, but for his personable demeanor, kindness, and patience.

In his spare time, Dave could almost always be found riding his beloved motorcycles (especially his favorite 2011 GX750 sport bike and 2002 Harley Dyna) fixing up old pickup trucks, and his 1971 Torino GT convertible, and participating in the annual Hagley Museum car show. He often rode his motorcycles and dirtbikes on famous trails, like the Hatfield-McCoy trail system in West Virginia and Kentucky. Dave would most certainly want us to mention his extreme proficiency with riding his motorcycles on solely the rear wheel.

Besides his parents, David is survived by his older sister Juliet Rose and younger brother Nickolaus S Taylor, Grandmother Constance; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Frederick H. Taylor, Sr.

Dave was an unendingly kind and considerate person, with a beautiful, heart- melting smile, and friends who always talked about how much he prioritized treating other people with respect. If someone was having a hard time, Dave was the type of person who was the first to check in and make sure they were okay. He was also incredibly hilarious, and could use his sharp wit and sarcastic humor to make anyone laugh. He was loved by everyone who ever crossed his path, and would drop everything to help out someone in need.

If you’re wondering how best to honor Dave’s legacy, think about how you might spread a little more joy in the world, hold your loved ones close, always be kind, and never take life too seriously. In sharing our stories and memories, we honor his loving and compassionate spirit. Dave’s doing wheelies for the angels now and we do him great service in picturing him somewhere peaceful and beautiful. Heaven has gained a beautiful soul and angel.

Please keep the Taylor family and Dave’s many friends in your thoughts and prayers as they navigate this difficult time.

David’s service will be held at on Saturday, February 15th at Brandywine Baptist Church, 1463 Baltimore Pike Chadds Ford. Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m., with the service beginning at 11. He will be laid to rest alongside his grandfather and great grandfather.

Following the service, there will be a celebration of life, where there will be an opportunity for everyone to share stories of this beautiful young man.

In lieu of flowers, a scholarship fund has been set up in Dave’s memory.
Checks can be made out to: CCIU
In the memo portion please write
“In memory of David G. Taylor, Jr auto service scholarship fund”
Mail to:
TCHS Pennocks Bridge
280 Pennocks Bridge Rd
West Grove, PA 19390
Attn: Brian Hughes
The scholarship will be presented by his brother Nick during the spring awards ceremony.

Arrangements by the Kuzo Funeral Home, Kennett Square, PA.

Memorial Donations

David G. Taylor, Jr auto service scholarship fund

TCHS Pennocks Bridge
280 Pennocks Bridge Rd
West Grove, PA 19390
Attn: Brian Hughes



February 15, 2020 10 AM - 11 AM Brandywine Baptist Church, 1463 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, PA 19317

Funeral Service

February 15, 2020 11 AM Brandywine Baptist Church, 1463 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, PA 19317


  1. Cathy & the Taylor family – I am so sorry for your loss. David seemed to be an awesome person although I did not know him personally. It goes to show we never know what how long are time is on this earth. God has a plan and even though we don’t know what it is and don’t always agree with it it is his plan and he has his reasons. I hope you all can find peace and comfort in your memories and know that David is at peace now. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Robyn, Scottie & Sean

    Robyn (Pannell) Welsh | March 4, 2020 at 8:51 AM
  2. We lift your whole family up in prayer. So sorry to hear of his passing. The Taylor’s have always taken care of my parents auto needs for years, always with smiles and genuine kindness. Thank you.
    With deepest sympathy

    Sue & Marty Drumheller | February 11, 2020 at 8:53 PM
  3. I recently discovered this heart breaking news of your son passing away. I’ve met David on two very brief encounters at Taylor’s auto shop and would agree he had an inner light that radiated out onto others. My initial encounter with David truly impressed me in how kind, caring, and genuine he was with me. I remember his beautiful smile and positive energy that you are immediately drawn too. It was so easy to carry a conversation with him and to witness a spin off from the entire taylor family. I send the entire Taylor family my deepest condolences in your loss and pray that God lifts your heavy hearts and provide each of you comfort during this difficult time.

    Carol Sipala | February 11, 2020 at 9:11 AM
  4. I never met Dave Jr., but sounds like he was a golden guy. The segment in the obituary about his fondness for wheelying caught my eye. In 1983, when I was 14, my Dad bought a YZ125 from Dave Sr. When my Dad brought it home, he said he didn’t ride it, but that Dave Sr. had “stood it up on the back wheel and wheelied through all the gears” ! Like father like son ! Again, my deepest sympathy for your loss.

    michael chambers | February 10, 2020 at 3:29 PM
  5. Helen, Dave, Juliet and Nick, My heartfelt sympathy for all of you in David’s passing. I pray that God grants you peace in the time to come. I remember when he was born, everyone was so excited! David is now in God’s arms and is your “special angel”. My heart and prayers are with you always. May God bless all of you and give you strength to endure.

    Janice Shane | February 8, 2020 at 10:38 PM
  6. Dave was a breath of fresh air. His smile, quiet demeanor, hard work, and love of family shone through everything he did. He was mature beyond his years and he was just beginning his life. Keeping the Taylor family in our prayers. Give them strength to get through this difficult time. Let them know that they are not alone. Rest in peace, Dave.

    Abner Cloud & Kristi Freischmidt | February 8, 2020 at 7:42 PM
  7. I did not know your son, but I knew Fred. There were 9 girls in my family, and he was very very kind to us. We would set up a lemonade stand on Fairville Road and each time he passed by he would buy a glass of lemonade. We were so young and became excited when we saw him coming up or down the road. We thought he loved our lemonade, not realizing he was being kind to some little girls. Your son must have had that type of kindness instilled in him from generations of kind people. He had the best place to grow up and the best life you could offer. We grieve with you for this young guy.

    Sally Atkins Dowell | February 8, 2020 at 12:59 PM
  8. Though I don’t know the family, I was extremely touched by reading about a wonderful young man who left this world way too soon. I will keep all of you in my prayers and I hope that those around you will lift you in with love and compassion. God Bless You

    Christopher Carozzo | February 7, 2020 at 5:26 PM

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