Willie Taylor Sr., the president and general manager of Robinson Terminal Warehouse, a newsprint handling and storage facility based in Alexandria, died Feb. 1 at his home in Springfield. He was 55.
The cause was brain cancer, said his sister, Cindy Foss.
Robinson Terminal started in 1939, and The Washington Post became a chief client, along with other newspapers in the area. Over the years, Robinson Terminal became a subsidiary of The Washington Post Co. It was part of the 2013 sale to Amazon.com founder Jeffrey P. Bezos.
Mr. Taylor’s father was a past president of Robinson Terminal, and Mr. Taylor started there in 1977 as a forklift operator and an alternate mechanic. He later was a truck driver until being promoted in 1998 to lead the maintenance department. He was named general manager in 2007 and then president in 2011.
Robert William Taylor was born in Alexandria and raised in Springfield, where he was a 1976 graduate of Robert E. Lee High School.
He twice was named grand champion of the national truck-driving championships, sponsored by the American Trucking Associations. He also won state championships in Virginia.
He was a past chairman of the Virginia Truck Driving Championships.
His marriages to Becky Workman and Betty Ruby ended in divorce.
Survivors include his companion of 13 years, Debbie Webb of Springfield; two children from his first marriage, Robert W. Taylor Jr. of Stafford, Va., and Christin Taylor of Culpeper, Va.; two sons from his companion whom he helped raise, Kyle Webb and Huston Webb, both of Springfield; his parents, Robert E. Taylor and Betty Taylor of Bealeton, Va.; a brother, Ronald Taylor of Sumerduck, Va.; two sisters, Cindy Foss of Manassas and Teri Adams of Springfield; and three grandchildren.
— Adam Bernstein