Scott Edmund Taylor
Park & Funeral Home
A Bradenton native-and a lifelong fixture in local school sports coaching and teaching-Taylor had seemed to be holding his own in a five-month battle with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. He is survived by his mother Naomi, daughter Kristina, niece Tina Ferry and nephews Clay Carter and Mike Ferry. He was predeceased by father Ed Taylor and sisters Sandi Taylor and Sheila Rae Carter.
A Southeast High School graduate in 1973, Mr. Taylor, after pitching for two years in the New York Yankees and Atlanta Braves minor league organizations, began a lifelong career in coaching, serving as the Southeast Seminoles' football offensive coordinator, as well as the Manatee High School Hurricanes' head baseball coach. He was also, beginning in 1978, a Sugg Middle School physical education teacher.
He will be missed by the scores of young men who, largely as a result of his efforts, went on to enjoy successful college and professional sports careers, and who feel they've lost a friend, a mentor, and an inspirational teacher. His loss will also be felt by the thousands of students he has taught and helped over the years.
Visitation will be Friday, March 5, 2010 from 4 to 8 PM at Manasota Memorial Funeral Home on 53rd Avenue, East, in Oneco. Funeral Services will be held Saturday at 1:00 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church on Manatee Avenue, West, in Bradenton.