William J. (Train) Taylor Sr., 49, a retired customer services representative for the U.S. Postal Service and a lifelong Washington resident, died of cardiac arrest Tuesday at the Washington Hospital Center. r

Mr. Taylor graduated from Dunbar High School in 1950. In 1954, he earned a bachelor's degree in Romance languages from Howard University, where he was a varsity athlete.

He started out as a clerical worker for the old Post Office Department in the early 1950's and was a customer services representive for its successor, the Postal Service, when he retired in 1975 for reasons of health. s

Mr. Taylor was a member of the Foreign Languages Club at Howard University, the U.s. Post Office Bowling League and Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Washinton.

His marriage to the former Barbara Martin ended in divorce.

Survivors include five daughters, Kathy E., Caolyn E. and Diane P., all of Washington, Sharon M., of Oxon Hill, and Donna, of Annapolis; a son, William J. Jr., of Oxon Hill; his father, George M. and three sisters, Marie A. Taylor, Dr. Olive T. Williams and Marion T. Bass, all of Washington; two brothers, George M. Iii, of Montreal, Canada, and Tony, of Washington, and two grandchildren.