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The Family Of Rickey 'The Pirate' Invites You To His Funeral

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The family of the Rickey "The Pirate" Taylor is hoping that everyone who knew and loved him will come out to his funeral this weekend.

Taylor grew up in Watts, but downtown is where he made his home and friends. His family would come up there for his birthday or during Art Walk to come see Taylor in his element. But they're looking forward to seeing all the faces that Taylor touched during his life at his funeral service on Saturday morning.

"I want to meet his friends," his younger brother Ronnie Taylor said. "I love them."

Ronnie says his brother's story is important. Even though he lived on the streets, Rickey brought people from all walks of life together, "His whole life he's been a people person. It was in his blood. It's worth people knowing that a transient can bring people together like that."

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His mother Floria Taylor, who Rickey always spoke fondly of and made his favorite peach cobbler, said she's been grateful for the outpouring of support for her son in the days after he died last week at age 60. She made sure he had a service at a place "big enough to hold everybody." Taylor is going to be dressed in white and gold—gold is his color—and his casket will match. (In fact, she's hoping that someone might be able to find his white and gold pirate hat that matches.)

There will be a viewing for Rickey Taylor this Friday, June 27 from 3 pm until 8 pm in the Inglewood Park Cemetery Mortuary. There will be a funeral service for him at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 28 in the Galleria at the cemetery. The cemetery is located at 3801 West Manchester Blvd., and for more information, you can call (310) 412-6500.

The Historic Core will also be holding a memorial gathering for the downtown community to mourn Taylor on Thursday, June 26th at 8pm at Spring Street Park.