AB Taylor, James Sarmuk & Meredith Sirna passing in 2018

AB Taylor 1996 Reunion

It is with great sadness to report that AB Taylor passed away on New Year’s Day after a prolonged illness in California. AB was the adopted son of JB the renown chef of WMS for many years who lived in Pittsfield. He was beloved by alums who knew him from 1967 until he graduated in 1971 as very kind, charismatic and outgoing. He was passionate about music and enjoyed photography. Here is some other alums memories of AB:

Adam Scull … To the memory of my very best friend AB Taylor, who was as close to a brother as I’ve ever had. Not a day will go by that I don’t think of you. It’s still hard to comprehend this news. AB always reminded me that it was me that taught him how to play guitar, which he carried forth with great success. He’s walked the long road, and is finally at peace and suffering no more.

April Stewart … He had a very soft voice, which worked against him, but it was always on pitch with a nice vibrato. His performance in The Fantasticks was *wonderful*.

Betsy Smith … AB was there in ’70-’72. He would come up to our turret room in the Main House & play, sing & talk, talk, talk…

Meredith Passed away on March 28 in NY. She graduated in 1967 and always kept close ties to the WMS community, especially those alums on Facebook. Meredith befriended many attendees at the 2016 reunion, and had been a part of all the campus reunions from 1996 on. She, like AB and many others will be great missed.

James graduated in 1970, and was known as one of Windsor’s finest athletes. He passed away on May 23, 2018. The Berkshire Eagle ran this obituary:

James J.P. Sarmuk, 66, of Lenox passed away May 23, 2018.

Jim was born March 17, 1952, in Pittsfield to the late, William and Frances (Gromelski) Sarmuk. Jimmy was a great athlete at Windsor Mountain School in Lenox — he played three sports and was coached by Jack Brennan. After graduation, he attended Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Connecticut. Then he worked at New Britain Machine Company for many years. Later, he moved back to Pittsfield and worked at Rising Paper Mill. He helped take care of his parents in their later years, and enjoyed spending time with family. He will be greatly missed.

He leaves behind his sisters Mary Ann Bauchiero (Dave) of Southington, Connecticut, and Jean Kushi (Kevin) of Pittsfield; his brother William (Sandra) Sarmuk, of Canton, Connecticut; cousin Lou Oggiani (Joan) of West Stockbridge; his Aunt Helen Oggiani of Housatonic; and many nieces and nephews.