The limousine industry lost a good one when Robert “Bob” Verdi of Bermuda Limousine International passed away on October 27 at 85.
Those who loved Bob say that he was the type of man who held onto the friends he had, never being scared to get a laugh out of a situation or even himself. Those in the industry lucky enough to know him had nothing but respect for his success and decades of refined expertise in running a business. He also had a big heart to complement his undeniable character, and would regularly provide transportation for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and others in need.
Bermuda Limousine International began in New York City in 1941 by Bob’s father, Dominic, with a single Cadillac Fleetwood Series 60 Special. Eventually, Dominic handed the business down to Bob, where the business experienced some of its best years. In 1987, Bob’s son, Peter, would also join the business as a third-generation family employee.
Bob’s death comes less than a year after the passing of his beloved wife, Lillian. Verdi leaves behind two sons, Paul and Peter, and their families. His funeral took place on October 31 in Bayside, N.Y.
Tampa Bay—Paradise Worldwide Transportation of Tampa, Fla., announced it will serve as the official chauffeur and transportation provider for Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort and Golf Club after the two parties agreed to a two-year partnership. Paradise Worldwide will handle all group outings and social events.
"I firmly believe that this relationship will equally benefit both organizations," says Paradise Worldwide Transportation Vice President Joel Prescott, "as each strives to accomplish their primary business initiatives and company goals."
Visit paradisewt.com for more information.
Shrewsbury, Mass.—Knight’s Airport Limousine Service showcased its eight new clean propane autogas-powered vehicles in late October at the event, Propane Autogas: Driving Knight’s Limo to a Greener Ride. The ROUSH CleanTech Ford E-350 passenger vans will service Logan International, T.F. Green and all New England and New York airports along with private events.
Among those in attendance were Mass. State Senator Michael O. Moore and Lt. Governor Tim Murray. The vehicles will reduce Knight’s Airport Limousine Service’s carbon dioxide emissions by 1.15 million pounds in their lifetime. To keep up with refueling, Knight’s also installed an above-ground 18,000-gallon tank at its Shrewsbury facility.
"As a part of our corporate commitment to reducing emissions and providing dependable, efficient transportation options to our passengers," says Knight’s Airport Limousine Service President Michael F. Hogan, "we’ve chosen American made propane autogas to fuel our new Ford vans."
Visit knightslimo.com or roushcleantech.com for more information.