‘The last of a dying breed’: Beloved Mr. Okra passes away

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NEW ORLEANS -- The streets of New Orleans are quieter. The beloved produce delivery man, Mr. Okra, has passed away.

Who could forget his colorful truck, slowly rolling down the city streets? Or that wonderful voice, calling out the fruits and veggies of the day. Arthur Robinson Sr. was 75-years-old.

"I go get my fresh vegetables for them. Then I get my coffee, then I go on my route and call them out. Let 'em know I got oranges and bananas," said Mr. Okra in a past interview with WGNO.

Mr. Okra was just as colorful as his delivery truck packed with produce. Family and friends are still reeling from the loss of the local legend.

"I was with my daddy every day, and now I don't have him. Right now I just feel so empty. I feel empty. He left me alone. He left me by myself," said Sergio Robinson, Mr. Okra's daughter.

A.J. Benandi owns AJ's produce in the Bywater. He was Mr. Okra’s supplier and spoke fondly of the iconic New Orleans figure.

"The last of a dying breed. Hate to see him go. I really do. But you know we all got to go some time, huh," said Benandi.

Last summer, Mr. Okra’s business had to take the back seat. His health kept him from working as much, and he couldn’t pay for repairs to his truck.

"He just kept on getting worse and worse. My daddy had a massive heart attack," said Robinson.

Mr. Okra may be gone, but this spirit will live on.

"I want people to remember him as a good man, a happy man, a kind man," said Robinson.

Mr. Okra had nine kids and lots of grandchildren.

It's unclear what will happen with the produce truck or the business.

The family needs help with funeral services. If you'd like to donate, please call Craig at 504 410 4890.

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