Robb Tyler, trash-hauling magnate

March 10, 1993|By Robert A. Erlandson | Robert A. Erlandson,Staff Writer

Robb Tyler, whose slogan "We Never Refuse Refuse" helped make him the largest trash hauler in the Baltimore area in the 1960s, died Saturday at his Caribbean winter home in Providentiales, in the Turks and Caicos Islands. He was 84.

Mr. Tyler, who died of heart failure, was cremated yesterday in Miami. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. today at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Boyce and Carrollton avenues in Ruxton.

A Baltimore native, Mr. Tyler attended Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Va., and started in business by opening several gas stations in Baltimore.

In the 1940s he bid for several city ash-collection contracts to launch Robb Tyler Inc. His slogan became a local byword as the company moved into general trash hauling and his fleet of trucks operated throughout the metropolitan area.

In 1970, Mr. Tyler sold his company to Browning-Ferris Industries, the Texas-based nationwide trash giant known now as BFI. The company also inherited Mr. Tyler's biggest headache, the Norris Farm Landfill on the Back River near the city's sewage treatment plant.

When retirement palled, Mr. Tyler started Modern Trashmoval Inc. to compete with his old company, but left its operation to his son, Alfred Tyler II. The younger Mr. Tyler bought out his father in 1980 and later sold Modern Trashmoval to BFI.

Mr. Tyler, a member of the L'Hirondelle Club and the Bachelors Cotillon, was married twice. His first wife, the former Elizabeth Worthington, died in 1987. The following year he married the former Virginia Halliday, who was with him when he died.

A longtime Ruxton resident, Mr. Tyler moved to Owings Mills in 1985. Besides his Caribbean winter home, he had vacation homes in Duck Key, Fla., and at Raquette Lake, in New York's Adirondack Mountains, where he spent much of his time.

Mr. Tyler loved the water and spent much time cruising the Chesapeake Bay aboard a succession of boats. When he moved south in the winter, he frequently took boatloads of friends with him through the Inland Waterway aboard his 58-foot yacht-fisherman, Elizabeth W.

Surviving Mr. Tyler, in addition to his wife and son, are his daughter, Mary Tyler Doub of Baltimore; his sister, Anne Tyler Pierpont of White Plains, N.Y.; and two stepchildren, Richard Stallings of Plymouth, Mich., and Elizabeth Alden of Worthington, Ohio.

Also surviving are four grandsons, George C. Doub III, Robb Tyler Doub, Alfred Tyler III and John Poe Tyler; a granddaughter, Elizabeth Gabriel Tyler; and a great-grandson, George C. Doub IV.

The family requested that contributions be made to Planned Parenthood of Maryland or the Chesapeake Bay Foundation in lieu of flowers.

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