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Jerry Robbins, Boston Operator, 1956-2016

Tom Halligan
Posted on November 30, 2016

Robbins received the inaugural People’s Choice Carla Boroday Humanitarian Award in October 2013 for his community service and acts of charity (LCT file poto)
Robbins received the inaugural People’s Choice Carla Boroday Humanitarian Award in October 2013 for his community service and acts of charity (LCT file poto)
HEMPSTEAD, N.H.— Longtime and noted New England operator Jerald “Jerry” Robbins, owner of Weldon Worldwide since 1999, died of a heart attack on Nov. 29. He was 60.

Services will be held Thursday, Dec. 1 at Goldman Funeral Chapel, 174 Ferry St., Malden, Mass., at 1:30 p.m. Interment is at Lebanon-Tifereth Israel Cemetery in Peabody, Mass. Condolence calls may be made following the interment at the home of Arthur and Linda Robbins until 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in his memory may be made to New Hampshire S.P.C.A., 104 Portsmouth Ave., Stratham, N.H. 03885.

A member of the New England Livery Association (NELA), Robbins launched Newton, Mass.-based Weldon Worldwide in February, 2000. Prior to that, he was chairman of the Weldon Group Inc., a mergers and acquisitions company from 1984 to 1998.

A charitable man, Robbins was the first recipient of the LCT People’s Choice Carla Boroday Humanitarian Award in October 2013.

Robbins won the award for his many charitable contributions. He had been involved for many years with the Boston-based Ellie Fund, which provides support services for patients undergoing treatment for breast cancer, including providing free transportation and fundraising.

He was also involved with the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation’s community initiative, “Heroes Among Us,” where at each Celtics home game an individual is honored for his or her contributions to the community. Robbins was on the board of directors for the New Hampshire Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NHSPCA.)

Jerry Robbins receives a framed memento poster from Matt Meyersohn, the director of community relations and player development of the Boston Celtics' Heroes Among Us community outreach program in 2013 (LCT file photo)
Jerry Robbins receives a framed memento poster from Matt Meyersohn, the director of community relations and player development of the Boston Celtics' Heroes Among Us community outreach program in 2013 (LCT file photo)
Additionally, Robbins transported victims to and from medical appointments across the city and from the hospital to their homes once they had recovered fully. He provided transportation for a family member of a victim of the Boston Marathon bombing so he could have safe, reliable transportation to school while his family was recovering from their injuries and tending to their other child suffering from life-threatening injuries.

“I just feel it’s the right thing to do," said Robbins at the time. "There are so many people that need transportation, that are going to have to go to hospitals daily. There’s one mother who’s got two sons with legs amputated at two different hospitals. There are just so many scenarios. I just think any company who does business in such a great community as Boston needs to step up and do the right thing.”

Beloved by many operators, friends, and affiliates throughout the industry, Robbins' death has drawn numerous industry comments and memories on Facebook and social media channels.

Robbins is survived by his wife, Janet Brown-Robbins, and a brother, Arthur and his wife Linda Robbins.

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