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PASSINGS: Industry Veteran Donald Petroski Dies

LCT Staff
Posted on April 2, 2009

DEC. 16, 1938 to APRIL 1, 2009

ROCHELLE PARK, N.J. -- Donald M. Petroski, founder of Air Brook Limousine, Inc., died Wednesday night after a long battle with cancer. He was 70.

Petroski founded Rochelle Park, N.J.-based Air Brook Limousine, Inc. in 1968.

Petroski was an innovator in New Jersey’s transportation industry. His company was one of the first to offer shared ride service to Newark Airport travelers. Air Brook also was the first company to offer stretched limousines in New Jersey.

In 1982, Petroski’s company was selected by British Caledonian Airways to provide complimentary limousine service for premium class passengers. He followed this by providing the same to Virgin Atlantic Airways and internationally for Pan American Airways. Under his tutelage, Air Brook became a national provider of transportation services.

Petroski pioneered luxury motorcoach service in the 1980s to Atlantic City’s casinos. He also opened Air Brook Express in 1988 as a low-cost alternative service from Ridgewood to the Newark Airport. The service expanded in 1993 and remains popular with students and seniors.

Petroski’s son, Jeffrey, said, ”My father dedicated his life to Air Brook. He was extremely proud of the accomplishments of Air Brook in the ground transportation industry. He was a pioneer whose ideas were copied by many across the globe. He was respected and admired by his peers.”

Petroski had a loyal following within his organization. “He loved his employees and was very dedicated to them. Some of them have been at Air Brook for 30 years.”

Petroski will best be remembered for his kindness and the many people he touched in Air Brook and throughout the transportation industry.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Barbara, son, Jeffrey and his wife, Tricia, and grandchildren David and Zoe. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Source: Linda M. Moore, LCT Magazine

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