BBI Founder Robert Taylor Sr. Passes

Robert Taylor, Sr.
Robert Taylor, Sr.

Fort Lauderdale, FL — Robert Taylor Sr., founder of Burdette Beckmann Inc. (BBI), passed away on Saturday, September 11th, 2021, at the age of 88.

Encompassing a 55-years career, Taylor worked with Liggett & Myers Tobacco Co. before moving into the brokerage business. He received multiple awards during his career, including the Florida Tobacco & Candy Association Bear Award, being named an AWMA Candy Ambassador, and multiple broker and salesperson of the year awards from various manufacturers. Taylor was inducted into the Candy Hall of Fame in 1995.

In a statement, Robert Taylor, Jr., BBI CEO, said: “We appreciate the support and kindness of those who share our feelings for Robert Taylor Sr. and are truly focusing on the many years and great times we had with an amazing father and terrific company leader.”

He will be remember for his generous contributions to charity, working closely with Sheridan House Ministries and other local charities. He was also an active member of the Sheridan Hills Baptist Church.

He was an avid bass fisherman, a quail hunter, and a loving respected family man. He is survived by his wife Sherry, his son Robert Jr., his daughter Robin Fleming, three grandchildren and a great-grandson.

“All of us at Burdette Beckmann Inc. are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend. Senior impacted so many lives with his positive and loving approach. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Sherry and his family,” says company president Pat Grant.

A celebration of his life will take place on Saturday, September 18th, at 2 PM at the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to two of Taylor’s favorite charities: Sheridan House Ministries and Habitat for Humanity of Broward.

A livestream of the services will be available for those who are unable to attend by visiting