A former mayor of the City of Braidwood who dedicated years of his life to the betterment of Braidwood has passed away.
Harvey Taylor, mayor from 1999-2003, died Thursday, May 17, at the Franciscan St. Anthony Health Center in Michigan City, Indiana.
By the time Harvey was elected as mayor of Braidwood, his two children, Lynn and Aaron Bailey, were already grown. Harvey and his wife Sandy were both involved in community politics, and Harvey was the outspoken voice of the Braidwood Concerned Taxpayers. As mayor, Harvey worked out of City Hall every day.
"He just loved the city, and he took pride in where he lived," Sandy said. "As mayor, he played by the rules, he was a square shooter. The rules were the same for you as they were for me; the rules were the rules for everyone," Sandy continued.
Harvey also helped manage a youth baseball team for the BBSA for more than 15 years. He volunteered at the schools and the local food pantry, and was an active member of the Braidwood Lions Club.
"If there was anything going on and he could help, he would," Sandy said.
Taylor's life was full of memorable events. He was drafted for a brief stint into the major leagues, spending time as an outfielder for the St. Louis Browns. While his time there was short, he loved baseball, and was an avid Cubs fan.
In the early 1990's, Taylor helped to organized a welcome home celebration for local soldiers home from Operation Desert Storm, an event that was so large and successful that it even gained the attention of the Chicago news media.
Sandy said her husband was simply "Harvey" a popular guy in Braidwood - when he went down to the Good Table for coffee, he sat at a big table, because before long, it would be full of like-minded individuals wanting to discuss politics and local current events.
Harvey Taylor was 77 years old.
Mayor Taylor's full obituary can be found on page 5B of this week's newspaper.