Zarin Fabrics’ Bobby Zarin Dies of Cancer at 71
Bobby Zarin, former owner of Zarin Fabrics and husband to Real Housewives of New York star Jill Zarin, passed away on Saturday after a years-long battle with thyroid cancer. He was 71.
“With the heaviest of hearts, we are devastated to share the news that our beloved Bobby Zarin passed away peacefully [Saturday] surrounded by family after a courageous battle with cancer,” the family said in a statement. “There are no words to describe how heartbroken we are.”
Zarin had been fighting the disease for many years, and underwent several procedures to remove tumors, according to published reports.
Zarin is survived by his wife and children David, Jennifer, and Jonathan, along with his stepdaughter and grandchildren.
Happy 18th! Anniversary to the love of my life Bobby Zarin. Bobby is the most perfect man I know. He never loses anything, never forgets anything and when I think he is wrong… he is always right! I will post some photos over the last 20 years… truly a Love Story. Enjoy! I will be on air The Lisa Wexler Show live right now. Call in! Google it!
The Zarins made their fortune with the store (and area real estate), but were catapulted into stardom with the Bravo show, Real Housewives of New York. Since then, Jill Zarin has been a household name.
Founded in 1936 by patriarch Harry, Zarin Fabrics allegedly became the first so-called “fabrics warehouse” and stayed on the Lower East Side when all the competition fled uptown to the garment district. Bobby had been the second-generation owner of the textiles company.
The company is now in its third generation ownership, under the tutelage of David Zarin.