Richard Rebolledo, New York forwarder, dies

Richard Rebolledo, New York forwarder, dies

Richard Rebolledo, a longtime New York city forwarder who was a fixture of what remains of the lower Manhattan international trade community, died on Tuesday of a heart attack. He was 80.

Rebolledo, who prided himself on his impeccable honesty in an industry he once chided for cutting corners, began in the shipping business shortly after World War II, where he claimed to have been the first Allied soldier to reach the famous Maginot Line while scouting with the 100th Infantry Division in France.

His first job after the war was translating for Colombian engineers inspecting breweries in the U.S. Later he worked as U.S.-based traffic manager for the Colombian distributor for International Harvester, General Motors and other heavy-equipment makers. In 1952 he and a partner formed W. Loaiza & Co., a trading and forwarding firm.

In the 1960s, when the government required that forwarding businesses be separated from trading, the partners split up and he retained the forwarding end of the business, a business he remained in for the rest of his life. He once said that among his most memorable shipments was sand shipped to Saudi Arabia and Colombian coffee to Colombia. He once said his honesty probably cost him money, but he didn't care. "I'm not wealthy, but I've always had a job."

Over lunch he once introduced a reporter to the pleasures of Calvados, an apple brandy from northern France that he learned about after having landed there in the aftermath of D-Day.

Services will be held on Saturday at Waterbury & Kelly, 1300 Pleasantville Road, Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. The phone number is (914) 941-0838