Robert T. Potter, 40, an ocean import manager for Expeditors International, died Dec. 7 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J. Potter had fought several episodes of cancer since his teen years, and died as a result of a bacterial infection, said Christopher Quidore, a vice president at BAX Global who was a friend of Potter since they were classmates at St. John Vianney High School in Holmdel.
'He's just the kind of guy that deserves some recognition,' said Quidore, who later worked with Potter at DSL. 'He had cancer four times in his life and every time he fought it and came back. If I had to talk about one quality that he had, I would say it was bravery. One person should not have to go through all that.''He was a wonderful sales person,' says Quidore. Potter had worked for the American Consolidation Services (ACS) subsidiary of APL in customer service and then had held various sales positions in a territory that included Manhattan's Garment District.
'In a city where it hard to make a sales call and you have to have a thick skin' Potter was able not only to succeed, but make many friends, said Quidore.
Potter graduated from Glassboro State College with honors in 1983. After leaving ACS in 1991 he worked for Distribution Services Ltd. where he was sales manager for DSL's northeastern region before joining Expeditors two years ago.
Potter, of Howell, N.J., is survived by his wife, Debbie, and infant triplets Sean Patrick, Faith Marie and Erin Margaret. He is also survived by his mother, Barbara Potter of Hazlet, N.J.; brothers William of Ocean Twp., N.J. and John of Grafton, Mass.; and sisters, Elena of Freehold, N.J. and Stacy DeFalco of Hazlet.
Donations may be made to The Fund for the Children of Rob Potter, c/o Bank of New York, 61 West Main Street, Freehold, N.J. 07728.