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   Vol. 23 No. 23
Thursday May 9, 2024

Bob Arens Is Fondly Recalled

Bob Arens

     We bid a fond farewell to this kind gentleman with the wonderful face, Robert Nicholas Arens, who died Monday, May 6, 2024 at age 82.
     We knew Bob for a number of years as a force for good and a genuine nice guy when he worked for Icelandair’s Al Shea at JFK.
          At the time we were building our brand, we would see him at work in one of those now long-gone cargo sheds that used to surround Cargo Building 80 (also long gone at JFK) where the Customs Brokers and some forwarders lived at the airport.
     Bob and I would banter about our last names being so familiar at a time he was dealing with the paperwork of air cargo and we were lugging around A VW Microbus full of newspapers, whixh we delivered college campus style to the cargo area on and off the airport.
     Sometimes we would go take coffee at Greg and Paul Poulos’ Sky Deli in Building 110, where all the cargo people hung out and we kept our newspaper rack filled with papers for the airlines, forwarder and brokers.
     We recall being really green in the air cargo business and Bob Arens extending a gentle helping hand and actually coming in with us and helping our small newspaper Air Cargo News for a time.
     Bob Arens always made us feel that the big, and at times, impersonal airport cargo business was manageable.
     Bob was also an advocate and active supporter of the JFK Air Cargo Association and served as an advisor for many years.
Bill Birnbach, Mort Downey, Bob Arens, Frank Otto, Larry Fleischer, Jim Larsen
     His friend Jim Larsen (Ex-Seaboard World Airlines), himself a legend of the formative days of air cargo, during the 1970s, when JFK International handled more than 70% of all the international air cargo moving in and out of the U.S., recalls his good friend Bob Arens.
     “I first came to know of Bob Arens at JFK. I’m sad to hear of his passing. Too many old friends have passed recently.”
     Bob was born March 8, 1942 in Richmond Hill, New York, son of the late Edward and the late Veronica (Donohue) Arens.
     He is survived by his beloved wife, Bernice (Piranio) Arens and his three loving sons, Michael E. Arens, Richard Arens and Daniel Arens and their extended families.
Services at Rocky Point Funeral Home, 603 Route 25A, Rocky Point, New York. Celebration of the Mass of Christian burial will be held 9:30 am on Friday, May 10, 2024 at St. Anthony Of Padua R.C. Church, 614 Route 25A, Rocky Point, New York. Burial will follow in St. Charles Cemetery, Farmingdale, New York.
Visiting hours will be Thursday, May 9, 2024 from 2-4 & 7-9 PM. Knights of Columbus Services 7:30PM and Wake Prayers offered at 8:00PM at the Rocky Point Funeral Home, 603 Route 25A, Rocky Point, New York. An online guestbook can be found at www.rockypointfuneralhome.com.

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