Jules Taylor, Jr.
Sunday, May 3, 2020
Queens Civic Leader Jules Taylor, Jr. (58) passed on May 3, 2020. He fought a good fight, but God wanted him home. We are relieved that his transition was peaceful and painless.
Jules Taylor, Jr. was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on January 19, 1962 to proud parents Jules Taylor, Sr. and Rénee Augustin. At the age of 6 years old, Jules immigrated to the United States with his mother and brother Lionel Antoine and was raised in Brooklyn, New York. He received his high school diploma from the Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree from Pace University and a Master of Science in Human Resource Management from The New School University. He began his career in Human Resources and worked in various positions over the course of his more than 30-year career. His last position was at East Side House Settlement in the Bronx as their Human Resources Manager. He really enjoyed working with his team, made wonderful contributions and was very proud because his ideas were valued and recognized.
Many may not have known the many sides Jules had to his persona. Among them was his "life of the party" persona. Jules loved to sing and dance, and he especially loved to perform "Michael Jackson-style." You have not seen the Moonwalk unless you saw Jules do it! He was also a comedic storyteller. Blessed with a hearty and genuine laugh, Jules loved to tell stories about his childhood. He had tons of funny stories about things that happened as he was growing up in Brooklyn. Were all of them true? Who knows? But they were definitely funny!
Jules was a happy and hilarious godfather. His goddaughter Sylvie loved to hang out with him whenever he would come to pick her up on weekends. It was Jules who took her to her first Michael Jackson concert and bought her a replica of the famous Michael Jackson red jacket! They also went to Broadway shows, saw the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall, and even went to see the Lion King. Jules was always willing to be generous with his time.
In 2000, Jules was blessed to meet the love of his life Emmlynn at a funeral of all places. While she was helping at the repast after the wake, she served him some Haitian patties and he thanked her by saying “Merci Cherie”, a term generally used if you are dating someone. After their first date on September 30th, he told his best friend Frank that he had met the girl he was going to marry. He proposed to her 3 months after their first date and the two of them had a planned elopement 1 year after and were married in Maui Hawaii on September 30, 2001. They often joke that they got “Maui’d”. Their elopement was just the first of many trips and vacations he and Emmlynn enjoyed together during their almost 19 years of marriage.
Jules and Emmlynn share a commitment to community service. After settling in Rosedale, Queens, NY, Jules and her became active with the JFK Rotary Club, and rose to become its president in 2008 to 2010. During his time as president, he assisted in helping the biggest fundraiser for the JFK Rotary Club the “5K Runway Run” go from 150 runners to 1,500 runners and from $10,000 to $40,000 in 5 years.
In addition, he was the past president of the Brookville Park Tennis Club. Jules was instrumental in securing lights for the tennis courts so residents could play at night. He and his wife made an annual trip to the opening night of the U.S Open at Flushing Meadows, an event they both looked forward to each year. He was also on the Board of the Rosedale Civic Association, Inc. where he held the positions of second vice-president and co-chair of the fundraising committee.
Jules was an avid sports fan who loved all sports, but especially baseball and tennis. He knew more stats and history than you would believe - this would at times infuriate his wife because he could not remember the simple things, she told him. He was a long-suffering New York fan of the Mets, Jets and Knicks. When he was not watching sports, Jules enjoyed reading, going to the movies, and spending time with family.
The 2020 global pandemic of COVID-19 was an event nobody ever imagined. We especially never imagined it would have such an impact close to home. Jules contracted the coronavirus and fought it for 29 days at North Shore University hospital, some up days and many down days. Through it all, there was no doubt that God was with him as prayers on top of prayers went up on Jules' behalf.
Predeceased by his parents and brother, Jules Taylor, Jr. passed from this life to go home to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 3, 2020. He left behind to cherish his memory, his loving wife Emmlynn, his step brother Murat (Francoise) Antoine, nephews Lionel Antoine, Jr. and Richard Vincent and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family and friends whose lives he touched.
Life is but a stopping place, a pause in what’s to be, a resting place along the road, to sweet eternity. We all have different journeys, different paths along the way, we are all meant to learn some things, but never meant to stay. Our destination is a place, far greater than we know, for some the journey is quicker, for some the journey’s slow.
But when the journey finally ends, We’ll claim a great reward and find an everlasting peace, together with the Lord.