Zarin Fabrics’ Bobby Zarin Dies of Cancer at 71

Posted on: January 15th, 2018 at 5:04 am by

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.

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.

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