Taylor Was Star Off and On Stage

Acclaimed Wheeling musician B.E. Taylor believed in keeping the spirit of Christmas throughout the year. He also made it a point to adopt the role of Santa Claus for many worthy causes.

Taylor, who died Sunday, was noted for his annual Christmas concerts, at which he urged people to “feel the love of Christmas all year round.” By all accounts, he did just that.

For many years, Taylor, 65, used his talent to help a long list of charities and other worthy causes, as we reported in a story Tuesday. Invariably, he shunned publicity for his efforts.

“He was one of the most compassionate, big-hearted men I’ve ever met,” recalled Becky Shilling-Rodocker, executive director of the Soup Kitchen of Greater Wheeling. Others who knew him echoed that appraisal.

He also was a man who felt blessed and, through songs such as “Jesus Is the Reason,” gently shared his faith with others.

For many people, the Christmas season will not be the same without Taylor, and not just because of his concerts.

Our condolences to his family, friends — and the many, many people whose lives he touched.