Memorial brings comfort following tragic death of son

By CHARLES PEARL State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Richard Taylor, professor at Kentucky State University and a former poet laureate of Kentucky, stood at the lectern near the end of the memorial service and said it was the first time he could remember being at a loss for words.

Hundreds of friends gathered around him and his family in Cove Spring Park Sunday afternoon to celebrate the life of Richard and Lizz Taylor's oldest child, Philip Richard Taylor.

Philip Taylor, 24, died early Wednesday morning from injuries sustained in a freak accidental fall at his residence in Louisville. He fainted and fell backward onto a glass coffee table. The broken glass cut an artery. He was pronounced dead at University of Louisville Hospital.

A graduating senior at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law and a graduate of Hanover College, he was an honor student and an editor of U of L Law Review.

Richard Taylor said the Taylor family - including Philip's younger brother and sister, Willis and Julia - wanted to express thanks "for the outpouring of sympathy and support that has been bestowed on us."

"If April 30 was the darkest day of my life, May 4, today, thanks to you and the power of love, is one of the brightest," Richard Taylor said. "We are witnesses and grateful recipients of that love, and it has given us strength and comfort. I cannot tell you how much Philip meant to us, how much our children mean to Lizz and me. So I'm not going to try. We love each of you as we loved him."

He said Philip's friends planted a green ash tree in Cove Spring Park in his memory.

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