Robert M. Weintraub was born in the heart of New York City in 1924 and never really left. He passed away on March 29 as a result of pneumonia exacerbated by COVID-19.

At the age of 18, Weintraub joined the U.S. Air Corp to fight in World War II.

He went on to have an enduring career in imports and exports, which took him worldwide on business, especially to Europe. Despite his frequent travels on account of his burgeoning professional career, his heart remained in his beloved hometown, as it also did with baseball and the New York Yankees.

Generous and philanthropic, Weintraub gave graciously and unhesitatingly to a great many causes, serving for more than 40 years as a trustee of the Joseph Alexander Foundation.

In 2016, he expanded his charitable giving to found the Leonard & Robert Weintraub Family Foundation to support organizations that promote religion, health and other programs for those in need.

An avid golfer, he is remembered by those who know him best for “his kindness, good humor and the light that shined from his sky-blue eyes.”

He is survived by Helen Gootrad, and her children and grandchildren. He was predeceased by an older brother, Leonard (“Lenny”) Weintraub.

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