Danielle Staub, Bethenny Frankel, Kelly Bensimon, and many other Bravo TV stars were at the funeral of the late Bobby Zarin, the husband of the former cast member, Jill Zarin. John Mahdessian and Dorinda Medley from the Real Housewives of New York came as well, and so did Patti Stranger from The Millionaire Matchmaker.
Jill held the funeral at the Riverside Memorial Chapel in New York along with her daughter, Ally Shapiro, 25. Jill and Bobby had other children including David Carin, Jennifer Zarin, and Jonathan who are 41, 38, and 35 respectively.
Reportedly, Bobby died after struggling with cancer. In a touching tribute to her now-deceased spouse, Jill said: “words can not express the hole in my heart.”
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
An insider at the funeral said, “Jill was incredibly upset during the ceremony but managed to keep her composure. Her speech in commemoration of him was amazing. It’s really sad to see Bobby go, but that’s life. People pass away sometimes.”
According to E! News, Jill will raise money and awareness for the International Thyroid Oncology Group so that someone who suffers the disease like Bobby will be able to fight it with a better chance.
Several other Bravo TV stars expressed their grief to reporters from E! Online including Ramona Singer from Real Housewives Of New York. She said, “he’s in a better place now.”
Sonja Morgan, a fellow cast member, revealed Bobby was a “cornerstone” of the family, and she is incredibly sad and devastated that he’s not there anymore.
Andy Cohen, one of the executives of Bravo TV as well as the host of Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen said he “always enjoyed Bobby Zarin’s calm and cool presence” and his steady hand. The exec claims Bobby was a man of tranquility.