Jill Zarin held the service at the Riverside Memorial Chapel, and in attendance were many of Jill’s former Real Housewives of New York City castmates including Bethenny Frankel, Sonja Morgan and Kelly Bensimon. Dorinda Medley and RHONJ’s Danielle Staub were also in attendance.
Many had wondered if Bethenny would be present as her feud with former pal Jill is well documented. The good news is Bethenny not only attended but also shared a public embrace with Jill. Those photos are below.
Jill, 54, reportedly invited Bethenny, 47, to the funeral. And sources tell Page Six that Bethenny, who was on vacation in Aspen when Bobby passed away, immediately chartered a private jet back to New York so she could be there to pay her respects to Bobby. She arrived right before the start of the ceremony.
Not in attendance was Luann de Lesseps who is arguably the closest person to Jill out of all the current RHONY housewives. Luann however had good reason as she announced two weeks ago that she was heading to rehab. She did however pay a sweet tribute to Bobby on her social media.
Luann shared a photo with Bobby with the caption: “My love and prayers are with you @mrsjillzarin Bobby will never be forgotten ??The warmest, loving human with a huge heart that beat only for you Jill.”
Jill also penned a beautiful tribute to her late husband which partially read, “Rest In Peace my love. 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
Bravo cameras were reportedly on hand to film the memorial so it’s likely some of this will be featured on the next season of RHONY. RIP Bobby.
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