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David S. Taub, Chairman of Palm Bay International, Has Passed Away at 72

David S. Taub, Chairman and CEO of leading wine importer Palm Bay International, passed away yesterday in Long Island, NY following a long and valiant battle with kidney disease. He was 72 years old.

A larger-than-life presence in the wine and spirits industry, David founded thriving import company Palm Bay in 1977 with his father, Martin Taub. Since 2005, his son Marc D. Taub has stood together with him at the helm of what is a quintessential family business in every aspect, a sentiment whole-heartedly embraced by the company’s passionate 200+ employees.

David was a man who lived every moment of life to the fullest. He was known and loved for his vision, exuberant energy and tenacity, and for his willingness to take on any challenge, no matter how seemingly insurmountable. He reveled in the wine and spirits business, blazing trails through the industry from the outset of his 50+ year career, particularly as a pioneer in the expansion of the world of Italian wine. His forward thinking developed the path for Pinot Grigio to become the number one Italian wine in America.

The close personal relationships he shared with suppliers, distributor partners and his employees were his greatest professional joy and asset. He will be lovingly remembered for his amazing capacity to inspire and motivate all those whose lives he touched.

His generosity was legendary. David was a dedicated philanthropist, actively involved in charitable organizations such as the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation, the Parker Jewish Institute for Health and Rehabilitation, the American Cancer Society, and the UJA Federation, to name just a few. His family shares and carries on this strong commitment to giving back. Recently, the Taub Transplant Research Fund was established at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

In 2011, Wine Enthusiast Magazine recognized David’s professional accomplishments with their Wine Star Lifetime Achievement Award. Of all the successes throughout his illustrious life, however, David always considered his family to be his crowning achievement.  He is survived by his wife of 48 years Linda, their three sons – Andrew, married to Suzanne, Marc, married to Sandy, and Joshua, married to Lisa – and six beloved grandchildren Matthew, Jake and Chloe, Trevor, Camille and Asher.

David S. Taub will be deeply missed. His indomitable spirit will live on in all of the many family, friends and acquaintances that brought such joy to his life.

Donations in David’s memory can be made to:

The Taub Transplant Research Fund, University of Maryland School of Medicine
100 North Greene Street, Suite 600
Baltimore, MD 21201

Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation
420 Lexington Avenue, Suite 825
New York, NY 10170