Obituary: Robert Thomas Langford

8087003092?profile=RESIZE_180x180BOCA RATON — Robert Thomas Langford died at his Boca Raton home on Aug. 2. He was 74.
Known as Bob to many, Mr. Langford was the first executive director of the Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District, joining the agency, then known as the Beach Tax District, in the mid-1970s as its accountant. He retired in 2012.
Commissioner Bob Rollins, who served with him for nearly 20 years, likened Mr. Langford to the leader of an orchestra.
“He was a conductor orchestrating the commissioners to ultimately come up with the programming that met the needs of the community,” Rollins said in a statement.
During Mr. Langford’s tenure, the district bought the land that became Red Reef Park and the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Patch Reef Park, Sugar Sand Park and soon-to-open Ocean Strand Park.
He also was an active member of the Scottish Rite for more than 43 years, according to a notice in the Sun-Sentinel.
Mr. Langford is survived by his sons — Neilson, Thomas, Scott and John — and eight grandchildren.

— Staff report

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