Graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1977; retired from U.S. Post Office

Published in the January 27, 2016 edition

Obit-Taggart-webWAKEFIELD — Sadly and with not enough years on this earth, William Steele Taggart, 57, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 20, in his sleep.
Born in Revere in 1958, Bill was raised and educated in Wakefield. He was the loving son of the late James F. Taggart and Madaline Morgan Taggart of Wakefield. He is the cherished brother of Jennifer M. and Carol A. Taggart of Lynnfield, James F. Jr. and his wife Mary and Robert J. Taggart and his wife Roberta of Wakefield and Virginia Taggart of Reading. He is survived by his loving nieces and nephews John McElderry, Greg and Andrew Cerretani, Lindsey Taggart O’Donnell, Jennifer Taggart Schiff, Ethan Laramie and Megan and Liam Taggart, who were so much a part of his life.
Bill did most of his growing up in Wakefield, and a part of him will forever be somewhere in the Moulton Playground. He spent his youth in the park programs and ball fields. As a young man, he coached Babe Ruth League Baseball, bringing his teams to championships. He was a baseball player himself, for the ever memorable, Moulton Lava baseball team. For Bill, many a night was spent swinging a racket on the town tennis courts. Bill was an avid baseball and football fan. He lived for his Red Sox and Patriots games, his music and movies. He was a voracious reader, which rendered him unbeatable at Trivial Pursuit. He embraced life fully.
When disease struck his heart, he fought back courageously. An avid bicyclist, he cycled from Boston to Florida. He then went on to twice take that two-wheeled trek across country and back again. He was a goal setter. He pushed himself hard. He was self-disciplined and strong-willed.
A graduate of Wakefield High School class of 1977 and The Control Data Institute in 1979, Bill was retired from the U.S. Post Office.
He is loved and will be missed by his family and friends.
Services will be private. Interment will be at Forest Glade Cemetery in Wakefield.