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 Donald K. Taylor, Jr

Donald K. Taylor, Jr

Death 28 Feb 1956 (aged 24–25)
Swampscott, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Marblehead, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
Plot Avenue K
Memorial ID 100049970 · View Source
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Boston Herald
Boston, Mass.
Wednesday, February 29, 1956
p. 3

Maitland Case Star Identified Son's Corpse

In a dramatic and heartrending scene at Lynn hospital, a Boston banker yesterday identified the body of his dead son, a victim of the Swampscott train wreck tragedy.

The body of Donald K.Taylor, Jr., 25, of 255 Lafayette St., Salem, had been brought into the hospital morgue. After rescue workers, using a huge crane, had pried open sections of the front Budd car to extricate it.

On a bench in a hospital corridor, was his father Donald K. Taylor, Sr. of Marblehead, a principal in the Maitland case, who had been found guilty, and is now free pending his appeal. The father had been waiting more than two hours.


Hospital attendants removed the covering from his son's body and brought the father into the morgue. Stunned, white-faced, staring vacantly, the father whispered: "My God. My God."

A nurse gently led him into an anteroom, where he collapsed, sobbing bitterly.

The heartbroken father's appearance was far different from his appearance as a well groomed, prosperous banker during his testimony at the Maitland trial. Yesterday, he wore an old corduroy jacket, a battered felt hat and work stained trousers.

Witnesses to the tragedy of which Maitland was a victim, had previously given vivid accounts of the heroism of survivors, many of whom ignored their own painful injuries to aid in the rescue work.

"They were hurt and bloody, but their first thought was to help others," said Swampscott Fire Capt. Frank Maitland, one of the first to reach the wreck scene.

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Boston Herald
Boston, Mass.
Thursday, March 1, 1956
p. 38

TAYLOR -- In Swampscott, February 28, Donald K. Jr., husband of Mary Jane Taylor, of 160 Lafayette St., Salem, age 24. Funeral services will be held at St. Michael's Episcopal Church, Marblehead on Friday at 2 p.m. Relatives and friends invited. Friends may call at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Donald K. Taylor, Lafayette St., Salem, at their convenience.

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