Transportation industry veteran Gerald P. Toomey died
on Monday, November 19, at the Riverview Medical Center
in Red Bank
, NJ. He was 73.
During his long tenure inthe transportation industry
, Toomey was best known for his contributions at Sea-Land Service, Inc. where he worked from 1963 until 1974. There, he was instrumental in the development of the company’s Puerto Rico and Caribbean trades, and he ultimately served as Sea-Land’s group vice president, Caribbean. In 1974, when Sea-Land spun off its Puerto Rico/Caribbean division
, Toomey took the helm of Puerto Rico Marine
Management, Inc. (PRMMI) as president ofthe management company that operated Navieras de Puerto Rico, the Puerto Ricanstate-owned steamship line.
Toomey also worked withTrans Freight lines, a U.S. subsidiary of Thomas Nationwide Transport, Inc.;Consolidated Freightways
in Akron, Ohio; and he served as president of Contract Marine Carriers. Most recently, Toomey was a consultant with Columbia Coastal Transport in Liberty Corner, NJ where he was actively involved in the company’s labor relations.
A veteran of the KoreanWar, Toomey served in the Marine Corps. He was also past governor of the Downtown Athletic Club in New York City.
Originally from Los Angeles, he moved to Middletown, NJ in 1964. He is survived by his wife, Velma L.; a son, Michael S.; a daughter-in-law, Eileen R.; daughters, Donna M., Nancy E.and Laura J. Paden; a brother, Bernard;sisters, Claire Heard, Barbara Toomey and Virginia Russell; and three grandchildren.