2011-06-02 / Obituaries

Royal ‘Bud’ C. Taft Jr.

Royal “Bud” C. Taft Jr., 91, of Jamestown, died peacefully at his home on May 28, 2011. He was the loving husband of Joan Potter Taft. Bud was born in Cambridge, Mass., on Dec. 7, 1919, to Margue rite Wood Taft and Royal Claflin Taft. He was predeceased by his sister Barbara.

Bud served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He graduated from Brown University in 1949 where he was a member of the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity. After graduating from Brown, he was employed as a mechanical engineer by the firm of Andrews and Goodrich. He later became vice president of engineering at Barnstead Corporation and served as chief engineer at Goodrich Engineering. He specialized in designing industrial drying systems for the fabric industry.

Throughout his lifetime, Bud was an avid golfer, sailor and sports car enthusiast who was often seen driving his beloved Alfa Romeo with his dog Brewster by his side. Bud was a talented woodworker who enjoyed surprising his family with refinished antiques and pieces of his own design.

He leaves four children: Robert “Peter” Potter Patton and his wife Jackie of Hudson, Ohio; Peryntha “Perrie” Patton Bigwood of Marstons Mills, Mass; Amy Wood Taft and her husband E.W. Sterling Graham III of Jamestown; and R. Cushing Taft and his wife Jackie of Valencia, Calif. He was the grandfather of 12 grandchildren: Chelsey, Meggie, Sally, Justin, Trevor, Harry, Amanda, Jessica, Jamie, Ephraim, Abby and Bradley.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Odyssey Hospice of Rhode Island.

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