Gerald John Robustelli

August 31, 1954 - February 24, 2021

Gerald Robustelli

Gerald (Gerry) John Robustelli, 66 of Nederland, left his earthly home Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at Mid-Jefferson Extended Care Hospital in Beaumont. He was born August 31, 1954 in the Bronx, New York to the late Louise Rita Scuoppo Robustelli and the late Frank Arthur Robustelli.

Gerry started work at Texaco Marine’s mailroom the moment he was old enough to legally hold a job. He worked his way up the career ladder as a Chartering Manager where he assisted in regional and international barge chartering. When Texaco Marine dissolved, he transferred to Keystone Shipping. His charting career eventually came to an end, and he found himself as Lead Custodian at Hillcrest Elementary starting in 1999 and retiring in 2018.

Gerry was a firecracker, always willing to step in where others failed, to lend a helping hand or a gentle, but firm, word of advice or guidance to anyone he saw in need. He could see a problem from multiple perspectives simultaneously and come up with a near-perfect solution. Gerry could build anything, from a mock Rubik’s cube, to a swing set, and scroll out a dove in a wooden block. He was the best cook and could quite literally throw together anything, with some help from a couple YouTube videos if he wasn’t absolutely certain of steps.

Gerry was a fierce protector. He loved his wife and kids to the ends of the earth and beyond, and they knew it. He loved his kids’ friends like they were his own and ensured they always had a safe place to go, complete with hilarious stories of his childhood and a homecooked meal. He took on the role of “fill-in dad” for many children that weren’t his own. Their worlds will never be the same without hearing those stories, getting those high-fives and hugs, and knowing that Mr. Gerry was always just around the corner if they needed anything.

Gerry is survived by his endearing wife of 32 years, Toshia Robustelli; his daughter, Chelsea Robustelli of Nederland, Texas; and his son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Ashley Robustelli, of Belton, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his parents and mother and father-in law, Carolyn and Donald Boden, respectively.

A gathering of Mr. Robustelli’s family and friends will be held from 5:00pm until 8:00pm, Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at Broussard’s in Nederland, located at 505 North 12th Street. His funeral service will be held at 10:00am, Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at Broussard’s in Nederland, with Pastor Donny Robbins presiding. A private family committal will be held at Broussard’s Crematorium in Beaumont.

A Celebration of Life will also be held March 3, 2021 at 2:30pm at Life Church, located at 4600 Jimmy Johnson Boulevard in Port Arthur.

In honor of Mr. Robustelli’s legacy, memorial contributions may be made to Life Church’s Mission fund at https://www.lifemc.church/give or can be mailed in or given at the Celebration of Life. Please notate that the contribution is for Missions. Contact Lori Belair with Life Church at (409) 728-4666 if you have any questions regarding contributions

Please observe social distancing guidelines. By attending any public event you are acknowledging the risk of exposure to the Corona Virus. Please follow the guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control: cdc.gov.

Video

Gathering of Family and Friends
Broussard's Mortuary - Nederland
505 N 12th Street Nederland, TX 77627
Tuesday, March 02, 2021
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Funeral Service
Broussard's Mortuary - Nederland
505 N 12th Street Nederland, TX 77627
Wednesday, March 03, 2021
10:00 a.m.
Committal
Broussard's Crematorium
5150 Stivers Street Beaumont, TX 77705

Comments (7)

  • Scott Hargraves

    02 March 2021 at 17:05 | #

    R.I.P. Gerry!
    You will be missed my brother. Definitely one of a kind...the world would be a very much better place if there were more people like you in it! And don't worry about your lawn and hedges I have got your covered!

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  • Peter Janosik

    01 March 2021 at 20:12 | #

    Grew up with Gerry on Powell Ave in The Bronx . Street baseball, football, off the stoop, roller skating and bicycle riding with all kids did in our neighborhood! Always a fun guy to be around and had many good times! RIP!

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  • Frances Yates

    01 March 2021 at 00:47 | #

    It has been over 3 decades since I last saw Gerry. He was my co-worker at Texaco for 6 years, and I have so many fond memories of those times . He was bright, witty and fun to be around. A consummate professional, his good humor and grace kept the mood light when things in the office were stressful, never one to sweat the small stuff. He was well liked by his peers who missed him when he relocated from New York to Texas. He embraced life in the Lone Star state, a surprise to me thinking that they could never take the New Yorker out of him but it seems he didn't need to change - he brought his Bronx upbringing and infused it in the most positive way to impact those in his new surroundings. My sincere condolences to his family and loved ones. May he rest in eternal peace.

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  • Katrina Lambert

    01 March 2021 at 00:15 | #

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I worked with Gerry at Hillcrest around 1995ish when he first started. He always had a smile on his face.

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  • Lana McGrath

    01 March 2021 at 00:12 | #

    I had the pleasure of working at Hillcrest Elementary School with Mr. Gerry. I am the school nurse and always enjoyed daily visits from him! He was always sure to leave a smile on my face!! I loved watching him show the kids magic tricks and quiz them on math facts ! I had spoken with Mr. Gerry on Facebook since he retired and he was “looking forward to the day Covid was better so he could come read to the students again”. I just picture him in heaven now with a group of children sitting around him reading to them!! You will be missed Mr. Gerry!! Love, Always... Lana aka Nurse❤️

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  • Robert Bredow

    27 February 2021 at 02:12 | #

    Gerry and I go way back to the Texaco Marine Dept days of 1979 in Harrison NY and Danbury Ct. He was always a gentleman in business and as a friend. We shared many good laughs. After 20 years, in October 2020, I recently decided to reach out to Gerry and reconnect. It seemed like we were 25 years old again. My wife and I knew his mother Louise also. Rest In Peace Gerry. He will be missed.
    Bob Bredow
    Danbury, Ct

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  • Stefan Ong

    25 February 2021 at 22:15 | #

    A thing I’ll never forget about Gerry is his understanding and concern for me when I revealed a few things about myself to him. He wasn’t judgemental, but thoughtful and considerate. He was always sharing his smile with me and we shared our knowledge of maintaining property. He was proud of his New York heritage and he was a firm believer in God, Christ and the Holy Spirit. He was loved by the kids at Hillcrest Elementary School and he loved them.

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