BURT, ROBERT V. "BOB," 86, died on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 in Winter Haven, FL.
He was the first city manager of Davenport, Florida and later served as Town Manager of Dundee, FL, where he lived after his retirement 25 years ago.
He was born August 1, 1927 to Howard and Adele Burt. A native of Bronx County, New York, he enrolled in City College of New York but was drafted at the end of World War II and served in the U.S. Army in the Panama Canal Zone. He then returned to graduate from CCNY.
After graduation, he studied public administration in three southern colleges and then joined the Kentucky Department of Revenue as head of the Excise Tax Section. Moving to Richmond, Virginia, he spent six years as Budget and Planning Officer for the city manager. He spent several years as Finance Director in Wethersfield, CT, before returning to Kentucky, where he worked in the Planning Division of the Kentucky Department of Commerce, served as Assistant City Manager of Frankfort, and worked for the University of Kentucky as a consultant to cities on budget and finance matters. He subsequently worked for the City of Louisville for ten years before moving to Florida.
While with the Kentucky Department of Revenue, he married Charlotte Rodgers of Frankfort, KY. They had four wonderful children: Adele Brown, Versailles; David Burt (Theresa), Nicholasville; Ellen Burt, Louisville; and Brad Burt (Amie), Atlanta, GA. He had six granddaughters, Erin Perry, Jenna Noetzel, Rebecca Brown, Melinda Borie, Carrie Burt, and Harper Burt; one grandson, Fisher Burt; and one great-granddaughter, Charlotte Noetzel.
In retirement, Bob traveled extensively, making several trips to the Philippines and Russia, cruises in the British Isles, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Canada, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Puerto Rico, Central America, Antarctica, Hawaii, Alaska, Borneo, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, and Gibraltar, as well as traveling to Argentina, going on safari in Kenya, and visiting Israel and Egypt with a group from his church. Between trips, he also spent several months as Interim Town Manager of Polk City, Florida. In retirement, he remained active in Dundee; at various times he was Secretary and later Vice Chair of the Town's Library Advisory Board and Secretary of the Charter Review Committee. Active in Dundee United Methodist Church, he served several terms as chairman of the Church Finance Committee. At the time of his death he was Chairman of the Dundee Planning and Zoning Board. He also volunteered as a tour guide at Bok Tower Gardens, sang in his church choir, and enjoyed performing with two organ ensembles. In his spare time, he took painting lessons and was active in the Lake of the Hills Garden Club.
In addition to his children and grandchildren, he is survived by his beloved cat, Mittens.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales, FL 33853 or Dundee United Methodist Church, 306 Merrill Avenue, Dundee, FL 33838.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 31, 2014, at 11:30 a.m. at Bok Tower Gardens with Pastor Debbie Mak officiating. To expedite entry kindly register on Bob's guest book at: www. johnsonfuneralhomelakewales.net
Published in The Courier-Journal on Apr. 3, 2014