Jill Zarin Shares Touching Tribute After Husband Bobby Zarin's Death
Bobby Zarin passed away Saturday, January 13 at the age of 71 following a long battle with cancer.
Jill Zarin, now 54 years old, shared a touching slideshow on Instagram to showcase the couple's many happy years together. "Rest In Peace my love. Words can not express the hole in my heart," Jill wrote in the caption. "Bobby taught me what true and deep love is. Thank you my love for sharing your life with me.. for raising Allyson as if she was your own, being an amazing father and grandfather and teaching me how to be a better person."
Rest In Peace my love. Words can not express the hole in my heart. Bobby taught me what true and deep love is. Thank you my love for sharing your life with me.. for raising Allyson as if she was your own, being an amazing father and grandfather and teaching me how to be a better person. You inspire those around you to be the best they can be. I will never forget you... your legacy lives on through your beautiful children and grandchildren . I will continue to raise money and awareness for ITOG ( international Thyroid Oncology Group) so maybe this won’t happen to the next guy who draws the proverbial short straw. I will continue to honor you and make you proud . You taught me so many lessons. I will turn the lights off when I leave a room and try not to lose my keys! Lists! Yes I will make lists now that you can’t remind me. Thank you to all our friends, family and fans for the most incredible love you have shown our family. The messages bring tears to my eyes and will continue reading them all in the coming weeks. I will continue my tribute in the coming days and weeks and if you want to share anything please leave messages. Tomorrow is the funeral so I will sleep now. Love Jill
Ally Shapiro, Jill's daughter from her previous marriage who we watched grow up on The Real Housewives of New York, shared her own heartfelt tribute on Instagram. "Thank you for giving me such a wonderful family and being the most incredible step-Dad anyone could ever ask for," she wrote. "I don’t remember a time without you, and you will not be forgotten. Every shot of patron, every time we listen to Hotel California, every vroom of a Ferrari you will be right there with us. You fought with dignity and courage, surrounded by all of us with love and respect till the very end."
We ❤️ Bobby... thank you for giving me such a wonderful family and being the most incredible step-Dad anyone could ever ask for. I don’t remember a time without you, and you will not be forgotten. Every shot of patron, every time we listen to Hotel California, every vroom of a Ferrari you will be right there with us. You fought with dignity and courage, surrounded by all of us with love and respect till the very end. You can rest In peace now, we love you so much. Service held on Monday 10am January 15, 2018 at Riverside Memorial, 180 West 76th st.
Bobby was first diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2009, and underwent radioactive iodine treatment. When that treatment process proved unsuccessful, he eventually had his thyroid removed. For years Bobby and Jill believed he had beaten the disease, but in 2013 they received news that the cancer had spread to Bobby's lungs. In 2016 Jill shared the news that Bobby was also diagnosed with a brain tumor.
In July 2017 Jill dedicated all of the proceeds from her famous Annual Luxury Luncheon to the International Thyroid Oncology Group. The event was attended by Real Housewives old and new from franchises all over the world (including The Real Housewives of Toronto's Kara Alloway).
Jill and Bobby celebrated their 18th anniversary just weeks ago on January 4, 2018.
Several Real Housewives stars have taken to Twitter to share their condolences and give their love and support to Jill, including her former RHONY costar Bethenny Frankel. Scroll below to read the kind words they've shared.
“Here’s to those who wish us well. All the rest can go to hell.” One of Bobby Zarin’s favorites. Another one: “It’s all good,” and Bobby, now it really is... #RIP
— Bethenny Frankel (@Bethenny) January 14, 2018
The first housewives producer who found me in the Hamptons just emailed me to tell me that it was Bobby who suggested me to her for RHONY.
— Bethenny Frankel (@Bethenny) January 14, 2018
— Andy Cohen (@Andy) January 14, 2018
I lost a great friend today #Bobbyzarin I will miss you forever. You were an angel on earth and will be in heaven! No one was more of a gentleman. I love you and don’t worry i will take care of of sister @Jillzarin.
— Patti Stanger (@pattistanger) January 14, 2018
— Simon van Kempen (@SimonvanKempen) January 14, 2018
— Alex McCord (@mccordalex) January 14, 2018
RIP Bobby Zarin. Jill, he was such a sweet, happy, kind and generous man. I love you and we are… https://t.co/avgui6F6I0
— Alexis Bellino (@AlexisBellino) January 14, 2018
I ask all of my followers to please keep Jill and her family in for prayers at this difficult time https://t.co/xrEkA5ANUQ
— Kim ZolciakBiermann (@Kimzolciak) January 14, 2018