Fred Taylor, 91, Marine veteran

Fred Taylor, 91, passed away on May 30, 2014 in Vero Beach, Florida.

He is survived by his wife, Beverly; sons James S. (daughter-in-law, Denise) and John “Jeb” Taylor; daughter Sue Sawtelle (son-in-law, David Sawtelle); stepsons Christopher Frew and Bradley Schwartz; grandchildren Michael, Jeb, Tad, Travis, Zach, Whitney, Hannah and Matthew; five great-grandchildren and six step-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Louise Taylor.

Taylor was born in New York City and was raised by his grandparents in Greenwich, Connecticut and Winter Park, Florida. He graduated from Staunton Military Academy before serving with the US Marine Corps in the Pacific in World War II. After his release from duty he attended and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School of Business.

Taylor began his Wall Street career as a young boy, where he had the responsibility of sharpening J. P. Morgan’s pencils. Upon graduation from Wharton, he joined Kidder-Peabody and worked in their New York, Chicago and Los Angeles offices. He was responsible for the initial public offering of diverse companies and formed life-long friendships with many of the principals of the companies he helped launch.

Prior to his move to Florida, Taylor (and his first wife, Louise) were active members of La Cumbre Country Club, where they had many wonderful friends. Taylor (with his second wife, Beverly) were members of the Orchid Island Golf and Beach Club and the Vero Beach Bridge Center.

Taylor loved the out-of-doors and enjoyed hiking, walking his dogs on the beach, golf, sailing, canoeing, squash, gardening and exploring. He also loved card games and was accomplished at both gin rummy and bridge (becoming a Life Master of Bridge). His family and friends fondly recall his patter and gestures during gin games, his insistence at calling himself “Champ” rather than “Fred” on the score pad and, without exception, agree that he was a terrible winner.

Taylor came of age in the Great Depression, served his country in World War II, attended college on the GI Bill and went on to have a distinguished business career where “deals were done on a hand shake.” Fred Taylor (and his wonderful sense of humor) will be missed by all of those who came to know him.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the National Audubon Society at 950 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10022.

Arrangements are by Strunk Funeral Home and Crematory, Vero Beach. A guest book is available at

—by the family

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