2013 was a year of highs and lows for us here at Roberts Motor Parts and I will start with the good.
After years of saying it was real close, we finally launched our new website. Feedback has been very positive for the most part but has also been sprinkled with an occasional “ you need more pictures”. I want more pictures too and the continued development of the site is at the top of my goal list for 2014.
We are in the process of bringing back the Hood ornament for 1941-1947 Dodge trucks. This is was an extremely popular item when we had it last and it serves as a real compliment to the other exterior trim pieces that we offer for the W-series line. We have several other projects in various stages of completion and are we are very excited about the prospect of offering some new items.
We had a Pat Gaffney sighting in New England. On Columbus Day weekend Pat came to the Boston area for the wedding of an old Army friend. I had hoped to take him for a ride in the Plymouth but thanks to Boston Traffic it took him 3 hours to get here, oh and he only drove 50 miles.
He will be back for the seafood risotto.
Unfortunately, 2013 also brought the loss of our patriarch Merton “Grampy” Roberts. Mert Roberts was a Gunner in Company A of the 648th Tank Destroyer Battalion and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. When he returned from the war he joined the family business and became a Funeral Director. In this role he was a source of great comfort to generations of people in times of loss.
Mert had a great life, survived the war, raised a family, and even knew his great grandchildren. I can’t tell you how great it felt to have my grandfather into my 40’s and I miss the hell out of him everyday.
Overall we had a great year here and while we have to take some credit for that the opportunity to serve such a passionate and enthusiastic group of customers is a real privilege. Thank you for a great year and we look forward to hearing from you in 2014.
Gary Roberts Jr.