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“Jim was a loving friend. I enjoyed our conversations. He mentored me on many subjects. He was an inspiration to me. He was generaous. We were friends...Read More »
1 of 40 | Posted by: Red Clanton - King Salmon, AK

“Condolences to the family. ”
2 of 40 | Posted by: P. R. - none

“I just feel so sad I won't see him for a while. As was said about my father, " He was a gentleman and a gentle man" and oh so kind to those...Read More »
3 of 40 | Posted by: Jo Apthorp - tampa, FL

“Mrs. Taggart and family-My prayers are with you all at this time. May you find comfort and peace in the arms of our Lord, and may the good memories...Read More »
4 of 40 | Posted by: Rebecca - Tampa, FL

“Dear Linda, We were so sorry and saddened to hear of Jim's passing. You and Jim were so gracious and generous with your time; making the long trip...Read More »
5 of 40 | Posted by: Molly & Dusty Thompson - Spokane, WA

“I wish I had gotten the chance to know you Jim before you got sick. Some of the beautiful memories and funny stories Linda told made me feel close...Read More »
6 of 40 | Posted by: Glenda Evans - Tampa, FL

“Linda, please know how much you are in my thoughts and prayers. Bob Adams ”
7 of 40 | Posted by: Bob Adams - FL

“my deepest sympathy,Tampa General volunteer and liver racepient ”
8 of 40 | Posted by: Ronald Altenburg - san antonio, FL

“How lucky I am to have known Jim. Having dinner at the Temp with the two of you and Clyde and Carol was one of the best nights out a girl could have...Read More »
9 of 40 | Posted by: Misty Nichols - Boca Grande, FL

“Jim left a legacy at the University of Florida that few can match. He helped launch and then nurtered the Public Utility Research Center (PURC)....Read More »
10 of 40 | Posted by: Mark Jamison - Gainesville, FL

“Linda,Just wanted to send my regrets.Jim has now gone to his final resting place and is at peace. May the good LORD comfort you and keep you safe.May...Read More »
11 of 40 | Posted by: May Barnett - Tampa, FL

“Mrs. Taggart, I met you and Mr. Taggart a few times through my aunt, Carolyn Nabers. I want to extend my condolences to you and your family. The few...Read More »
12 of 40 | Posted by: Samantha Parkinson - FL

“Saddened to hear of Jimmys' passing. Myself along with Bill Smalley, Bobby Sherrill, Fred Woods and many others enjoyed many good times with Jimmy,...Read More »
13 of 40 | Posted by: Don Fielding - Maitland, FL

“Linda, please accept our sympathy and prayers for the family and you. ”
14 of 40 | Posted by: Harry and Bettie Karup - Tampa, FL

“Please know in this special time you are in our prayers and thoughts. ”
15 of 40 | Posted by: Anita Trosky and Dennis Trosky - FL

“Please know in this special time you are in our prayers and thoughts. ”
16 of 40 | Posted by: Anita Trosky and Dennis Trosky - FL

“Jim & I had a special relationship. It didn't matter what the subject, and we had many, from religion to politics and always business. But the...Read More »
17 of 40 | Posted by: Lou Goldfeder - Tampa, FL

“For over 60 years,every meeting with Jim gave me a warm lift. His memory will continue to do so. Paul ”
18 of 40 | Posted by: Paul DeWitt - Tampa, FL - Friend

“TO my best fishing buddy and i know you cought a fish on your last cast . You will be missed on my boat . jim so glad i was with you on your last...Read More »
19 of 40 | Posted by: capt scottmoore - holmes beach , FL

“The peace of the Lord be with you and your family now and forever. You are so blessed to have had so many wonderful years together. ”
20 of 40 | Posted by: Judy and Dick Mandt - Tampa, FL

“We remember Jim with fondness and sadness that his strength and generosity are no longer with us. Linda, we are praying for God's comfort to be with...Read More »
21 of 40 | Posted by: Jackie and Patrick Miller - NC

“Our deepest sympathies to Linda and the entire Taggart family. Our Harbour Island community has lost a great man, friend and neighbor. 2 Cor 4:16...Read More »
22 of 40 | Posted by: Jeff & Frances Tierney - Tampa, FL

“" Jim Taggart - What a Guy ! " - and "What a Friend" At Times Like This - Words Seem Empty - But Our Hearts Are Full of Love and Caring Thoughts - ...Read More »
23 of 40 | Posted by: Clyde & Carol Nabers - FL

“To a great person who did so much for the community specially Jesuit High School Rest in peace Luisa and Frank Cisneros ”
24 of 40 | Posted by: Frank and Luisa Cisneros - tampa, FL

“Jim's courage, stamina, and grace under pressure were an inspiration to us all. My thoughts are with Linda and his family during this difficult time...Read More »
25 of 40 | Posted by: Binnie Warshaw Coppersmith - FL

“I am so thankful for all of Jim's support, advice, and guidance during my childhood and youth. He was a strong influence in my life and helped shape...Read More »
26 of 40 | Posted by: Shara Brown White

“Jim was one of the most generous & caring persons I have ever known. It was a pleasure knowing him. God bless you Linda during this sad time. ”
27 of 40 | Posted by: Eunice Burnham - Tampa, FL

“I feel so fortunate to have gotten to know you over the past few months. My brief visits in passing were the highlights of my day. I will miss being...Read More »
28 of 40 | Posted by: Gary Guy - Lift Team/Team Leader

“Jim was THE prime mover in establishing UF's Public Utility Research Center, and in helping us in so many ways throughout the years. I was a teacher...Read More »
29 of 40 | Posted by: Gene Brigham - Gainesville, FL

“Tim and I remember Jim with fondness and gratitude. We will never forget Jim's kindness and quick action when Tim received a diagnosis of glaucoma....Read More »
30 of 40 | Posted by: Robin Kennedy - Tampa, FL

“"No man is an island, entire of himself" is so true, for when we lose a friend like Jim Taggart, we are all so much the less. Many words will be...Read More »
31 of 40 | Posted by: Tom and Sandi Draude - Lorton, VA

“You were a Blessing to many and God has rewarded you by welcoming you into His Kingdom. My prayers for all the family and loved ones Deacon mike ”
32 of 40 | Posted by: Deacon Michael Solomon - friend

“Our memories of Jim will remain fond ones. We had a boss / subordinate relationship where I discovered what a hard driving perfectionist Jim was as...Read More »
33 of 40 | Posted by: Anthony & Diana Tripolino - Tampa, FL

“Jim was and will always be a true gentleman and friend. My memories of our adventures will live on. My thoughts and prayers are with Linda and...Read More »
34 of 40 | Posted by: Jonathan Alpert - FL - friend

“Is With great sadness that I received this news, but at the same time I remember his smile all the joy that I felt every time I work with him. "The...Read More »
35 of 40 | Posted by: Denny Fernandes

“Daily I see the fruits of my neighbor, Jim Taggart, in that his gardening green touch on the green plants/vines on the third floor of our condominium...Read More »
36 of 40 | Posted by: Suzanne Pratt - Tampa, FL

“Memories of dinners at the Doubles Club and the University Club, Café des Artistes in New York, Buccaneer Days in Tampa - Sid and Jim dressing up as...Read More »
37 of 40 | Posted by: Nancy Holland - Chatham, NJ

“Bonnie and I shared the friendship of Jim and Linda for more than 25 years, while Carl went back much further. Jim's historic battle as the Miracle...Read More »
38 of 40 | Posted by: Bonnie and Carl Seligson - NY

“How blessed we were to have had Jim as such a good friend for so many years. So many swell memories of so many fun times. We go back a long while. ...Read More »
39 of 40 | Posted by: Peg and Tom Mulry - Gulf Stream, FL

“Jimmy was a good freind and fellow officer in ROTC at Plant with me. He will be greatly missed! My condolences to his family. ”
40 of 40 | Posted by: Kent Harrell - Dade City, FL


TAGGART, James Knox, 74, a lifelong resident of Tampa, passed into eternal life on April 7, 2011. Beloved father, brother, friend, and husband, Jim was preceded in death by his parents, James W. and Marguerite K. Taggart. Jim is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Linda S. Taggart; his son, Mark Wilson Taggart; his two beautiful and gifted granddaughters, Lindsay Anne and Taylor Lynn Taggart; and stepdaughters, Jennifer Brown Novellas and Shara Brown White. Jim’s brothers and their families include: Joseph and Suzanne Taggart, their son, Joseph (Mary), and daughters, Teale Smith (Trey), Jolyn Lively (Derek), and Paige Taggart; John and Barbara Taggart, and their son, Jason (Jennifer) and daughter Jessica Diehl (Cain). Jim and Linda are members of Saint Lawrence Catholic Church. Jim attended local public schools, graduated from H.B. Plant High School in 1954, and the University of Florida in 1959 earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Jim held a Florida C.P.A. license. He began his professional career in 1959 with the Bogue, Compton, and Vass C.P.A. firm, becoming one of ten partners in 1963. Jim was honorably discharged from the United States Army in April. 1965. In 1966 Jim joined Tampa Electric Company becoming controller and treasurer in 1970. He served in a variety of capacities including: VP of Finance and Chief Financial Officer (1974); Senior VP and Chief Financial Officer for TECO Energy, Inc. (1980); Vice President and Group Executive for Transportation, Coal and Strategic Planning for TECO Energy, Inc. (1986); Executive VP of TECO Energy, Inc. and President of TECO Diversified (1987-1994). Jim was nationally recognized as an expert in the utility industry for his knowledge and experience in utility diversification, finance, management, and regulation. Jim also served on the boards of Barnett Bank of Tampa and Paradyne Corporation. He held leadership roles in many social service, professional, and community organizations, including: founding member of the Public Utility Research Council (PURC) at the University of Florida receiving PURC’s Distinguished Service Award in 1991; chair of the United Way allocation committee; member of the Children’s Home Board; president of the Tampa Club; finance council chair for Sacred Heart Catholic Church; and as a board member of several Harbour Island community organizations. Jim enjoyed a lifelong affiliation with the University Club, the Tampa Yacht Club, the Merrymakers Club, and Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla. In retirement Jim volunteered his time, talent, and tutoring in support of quality education and student scholarship programs at Tampa’s Jesuit High School, Saint Leo University, and Academy Prep Center of Tampa. Jim’s gifts to the community also included his inspiring example as a liver transplant and cancer survivor. Jim credited is “faith, family, and friends” as the source of his strength and perseverance in the face of serious illness and suffering. Jim’s family is forever grateful for the expert and tender loving care Jim received from the Mayo Clinic (Jacksonville) and Tampa General Hospital medical staff and communities. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation in Jim’s name to student scholarship funds at Tampa’s Jesuit High School (4701 N. Himes Ave., Tampa FL 33614), Saint Leo University (PO Box 6665, MC 2187, Saint Leo FL 33574-6665), or Academy Prep Center of Tampa (1407 E. Columbus Dr., Tampa FL 33605). A funeral Mass will be offered for the repose of Jim’s soul at 12 noon, Monday, April 11, at Saint Lawrence Catholic Church, 5225 N. Himes Ave., Tampa, Monsignor Laurence Higgins officiating. Visitation with the family will take place at the Church from 10 a.m. until the start of Mass at 12 noon. A private internment service will follow at Myrtle Hill Memorial Park.