John "Jack" Leveridge Taylor Jr. of Rowayton, a former Darien resident who worked the securities industry, died Wednesday, April 18, surrounded by family at Stamford Hospital, following a battle with cancer. Mr. Taylor, 81, was the husband of Roberta DeFilippo Taylor.

Born in 1930 in New Rochelle, N.Y., Mr. Taylor grew up in Glencoe, Ill. He graduated from New Trier High School and attended the University of Virginia. After moving to Connecticut with his family, he lived in Darien, Stamford and New Canaan for many years before moving to Rowayton in 2009.

Mr. Taylor's worked in the securities industry with Smith Barney, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, and most recently with Source Capital Group in Westport. A sports enthusiast, he was an avid golfer and paddle tennis player at Wee Burn Country Club in Darien. Mr. Taylor was vice president and a longtime member of the Westchester Kennel Club and a member of The Dinosaur Club of Greenwich.

In his later years, he enjoyed spending time and boating around Sanibel Island, Fla., his family said.

Besides his wife of 43 years, Mr. Taylor is survived by two sons, Breck Taylor and John Hap Taylor; three daughters, Laura Taylor, Lisa Lane, and Jennifer Maurillo; a sister, Jill Heath of Lake Forest, Ill.; and 10 grandchildren.

A service in celebration of his life will be held on Thursday, May 10, at 10 at St. Luke's Parish, 1864 Post Road, in Darien.