Alphonse D. Taillon, 87
Alphonse D. Taillon, 87, a World War II veteran and retired international financial executive, died Feb. 3, 2011 at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home in Maryland after a prolonged battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Alphonse De Vercheres Taillon was born in New York City and attended Regis High School where he began a life-long fascination with Greek and Latin literature. He entered the Army after graduating, participating in the European Theater of Operations as a member of the 103rd Infantry Division from 1944-45. He was awarded a Bronze Star. After the war, he received a bachelor’s degree and subsequently a Master of Science in accounting from Columbia University, and later earned a Master of Finance from Fordham University.
He was called back to duty during the Korean War when he participated in the Industrial Branch of the Army Audit Agency in Bad Nauheim, Germany, where he audited
French, German and Italian suppliers. Upon his return to civilian life, he worked as an accountant for Arthur Young and Company in New York City, and Republic Steel Company in Cleveland.
Taillon spent the next two decades working in international fi- nance. He served as vice president of finance for a group of ITT subsidiary companies overseeing the installation of telecommunications in Puerto Rico, Jamaica and Surinam. He also worked as executive assistant to the president of ITT Grinnell in Providence and as a manager of Special Projects monitoring ITT manufacturing costs worldwide. Previous to that, he was comptroller for major meat manufacturing plants in Argentina and Brazil.
During his retirement, he volunteered with the International Executive Service Corps in Romania and Moldova, assisting in the development of market-based industries.
He resided with his family in Jamestown for many years. He retired in 1986 to a busy life of volunteering abroad, studying classical literature, writing and playing golf.
His deepest pleasure was the many hours spent with his grandchildren, initiating them into the world of storytelling, old films, poetry, card games and chess.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Lillian G. Latowski Taillon; his daughter, Michele Taillon Taylor, and son, Victor Christian Taillon; his sister, Claire Reimers of Raleigh, N.C.; and six grandchildren.
Taillon will be interred at Arlington Cemetery on June 21. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Alzheimer’s Association, Chapter Headquarters Rhode Island, 245 Waterman Street, Suite 306, Providence, RI 02906.