Jill Zarin mourns husband Bobby's death: 'I will never forget you'

The couple celebrated their 18th wedding anniversary Jan. 4 prior to Bobby's death.
By Annie Martin Follow @littlemannie   |  Jan. 16, 2018 at 1:31 PM
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Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Jill Zarin is remembering late husband Bobby Zarin.

The 54-year-old Real Housewives of New York star broke her silence on Bobby's death in an emotional Instagram post Sunday.

"Rest In Peace my love. Words cannot 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," Zarin captioned a slideshow of photos with Bobby.

"I will never forget you... your legacy lives on through your beautiful children and grandchildren," she said, referencing Bobby's three kids. "I will continue to honor you and make you proud. You taught me so many lessons."

"Thank you to all our friends, family and fans for the most incredibly love you have shown our family. The messages bring tears to my eyes and will continue reading them all in the coming weeks," the star added. "Tomorrow is the funeral so I will sleep now."

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

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Bobby died Saturday at age 71 following a long battle with cancer. Jill, who said her husband raised her daughter, Allyson Shapiro, as his "own," attended Bobby's funeral Monday at Riverside Memorial in New York.

"I wasn't sure if I could stand up here today," she said, according to People. "[Bobby] was an incredibly great husband, a great father and grandfather, and [a] truly great friend."

Page Six reported Jill ended her feud with Real Housewives of New York co-star Bethenny Frankel at the funeral. The pair had stopped speaking in 2010 following conflicts on the Bravo reality show.

"Today is a sad day with a silver lining. I laughed. I cried. I saw old faces & watched a family come together surrounding a loss. 'I have a dream' that Bobby's death makes us realize what is important & treat each day as our last," Frankel tweeted.

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