H. Taylor Riegel

CAMP HILL, PA. — H. Taylor Riegel passed away on Dec. 23, 2011, at Camp Hill, Pa.

Born in Philadelphia on Jan. 25, 1918, the son of R.B. and Margaret Draper Riegel, he spent his early life in Delaware and Chester counties. He died at age 93.

When he was six years old, he began the study of piano, and at age 15, began pipe organ lessons. He played and led choirs in several Philadelphia area churches, the longest being at Calvary Presbyterian Church in Highland Park, Upper Darby.

His career was in banking and he retired in 1980 from the First Pennsylvania Banking and Trust Company as an assistant vice president. He then moved to New Hampshire, and then in 1988, to Newfield.

During WWII, he served in the U.S. Navy at the San Diego Naval Hospital chapel. His work was in the chaplain’s office, as well as directing choirs and playing for church services. In retirement, he traveled to Great Britain, Europe, and played many organs in England and Scotland. Not only did he love church and classical music, he also loved trains. He collected toy trains and enjoyed Reading Rail Rambles and walking old rights-of-way, especially narrow gauge railroads in Maine.

He and his wife, Florence Chase Riegel, were married for 71 years and are survived by four children, Virginia Trotman of Ocean City, N.J., H. Taylor Jr. (Skip) of Waterboro, David of Raymond, and Deborah Barrett of Camp Hill, Pa. They have eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Services will be private with burial in the town cemetery in Tuftonboro, N.H., this spring.

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