The New York Times published an obituary over the weekend confirming that Robert (Bob) Larimer, owner of Metrokane, passed away on August 14. He was 85.
In 1983, Larimer’s wife, Riki Kane Larimer, founded Metrokane Inc. and together they built the business into a leading barware company focusing on wine accessories, specifically the Rabbit and Houdini brands. Metrokane was sold to Taylor Precision Products last November, though Kane and Larimer were to remain with the company for 15 months to facilitate the operational merger.
Larimer’s background in advertising, which included founding the Nadler & Larimer advertising agency in 1964 with Arch Nadler, played a role in the success of Metrokane, the article stated. The company found worldwide recognition with its brand advertisements in The New York Times Magazine and The New Yorker.
In addition to his advertising and business savvy, Larimer was also a musical theater enthusiast. Over the years, he created several off-Broadway and one Broadway show, “But Never Jam Today,” directed by Vinette Caroll, the article stated. As of June, Larimer had completed a concept album “Maxie’s,” an original jazz musical featuring vocalists Billy Porter, Jason Alexander, Heather Headley, Shirley Jones, Ruben Studdard, John Schneider and Jennifer Holliday.
Larimer is survived by his wife, Riki Kane Larimer, his son Neil, daughter Cheryl, granddaughters Heather, Vanessa and Gabriela, grandsons Alan and Robby, great-grandson Carter and brother-in-law Michael Kane.