Sunday, February 19, 2012

William T. Stitt - Tyrian Lodge No. 333 Springfield

William T. STITT 

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Taylor Stitt
SAN ANTONIO, TX - William Taylor Stitt, born June 26, 1915 passed away peacefully in his home in San Antonio, Texas on the morning of February 14, 2012. He was surrounded by his closest friends and immediate family members.
Taylor, as he was known by all, was born in Williamsville, Illinois and was the first of two sons of Wilson B. & Ruth Taylor Stitt. He attended Williamsville High School, played the coronet in the band and was a star on the high school basketball team. Taylor later graduated with a B.S. degree from the University of Illinois in 1938.
Soon after college, Taylor was hired as an agent with Northwestern Mutual Life but with the onset of World War II, Taylor's calling turned to defending his country. He enlisted with the United States Navy and proudly served with his comrades in the elite Seabees with Construction Battalion Unit #571. While defending the Russell Islands, in Operation Cleanslate, their unit was swiftly dispatched to the Pacific Theater. Fighting alongside the distinguished First Marine Division they achieved great success during the Battle of Peleliu in the final days of WWII.
After the war, Taylor returned to his position in the insurance industry and in 1954 married Donnie Fraser, of San Antonio, Texas. After briefly living in Springfield, Illinois, they relocated to Texas and called San Antonio home. Taylor quickly developed a skill in negotiating the sale of farms and ranches, a befitting vocation as his love for the outdoors was surpassed by his passion for hunting and fishing. On any given day after showing ranch properties, and being the angler that he was, you may very well have found Taylor, fishing pole in hand, enjoying the day by a nearby lake or pond.
Taylor had a zest for life and embraced it with abundance each and every day of his 96 years. He always had a kind word towards others, loved a great anecdote and had quite the honed wit. He especially enjoyed the company of his closest friends many of whom he met while serving others. He was a member of the Mason's, Alzafar Shrine #6, The San Antonio Board of Realtors, Veterans of Foreign Wars, The American Legion and the Tyrian Lodge #333 of Springfield, Illinois. With these and many other affiliations, Taylor impacted so many lives including those of his loving family. When you saw William Taylor Stitt, your heart smiled!
Taylor is survived by his younger brother Robert Wilson Stitt, son Fraser Taylor Stitt, first cousins Donna Stitt Primm of Springfield, Illinois and Charles R. & Susan Taylor and family of Tremonton, Utah. Taylor's youngest son, Tobin Wilson Stitt, passed in 1996.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Right to Sight International Fund. This organization proudly assists individuals domestically and abroad to help fund the research and treatment for various eye diseases including glaucoma. Please mail your donation and make checks payable to: San Antonio Area Foundation, 110 Broadway, Suite 230, San Antonio, TX 78205. Attention Cynthia Hamilton. Please reference your donation is for Right to Sight International.
The Stitt family would like to thank the very kind staff of Odyssey Hospice. Your dedication and excellent care is so very much appreciated. Taylor not only enjoyed your company but you made things extremely comfortable for him. The family especially wishes to thank life-long friend of the family, Mr. Larry Hagy, whose contribution as Taylor's personal caretaker of the last four years was an act of love, compassion and from deep within his heart. Thank you Larry for the wonderful relationship you had with Taylor. You are indeed part of this family and you will always have a very warm place in our hearts. Bless you.
Services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Monday afternoon February 20, 2012 at First Presbyterian Church on 404 Alamo St. San Antonio, Texas 78205. 210-226-0215.
Our family will always carry your memory and your passion for life in our hearts.

Published in The State Journal-Register on February 19, 2012

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