The man, the myth, the legend, Richard aka “Rich” or aka “Dick” Dinaburg, decided on September 25, 2020 it was time to be with his daughter, Jenn Dinaburg, who left her earthly body in 2012. He passed peacefully at home surrounded by family following a short battle with cancer.
Born on April 26, 1949, Dick was raised in Binghamton, NY, attended Clarkson University, and moved to Gloversville with his (former) wife (Julia Anne Rockefeller) to begin his career in accounting. Over the years, he worked as an accountant, both publicly and privately, serving in the leather industry and the bus industry in Gloversville and Staten Island, respectively.
Dick was known and beloved by many. His zest for life knew no bounds. He could be found hanging with his Zeta Nu fraternity brothers every summer, having a cocktail and meal at the Railyard, drinking with friends at Quigley’s, gambling in Atlantic City and Las Vegas, betting on horses at OTB, and cheering on the Cleveland Browns wherever he could. Dick was always ready for a Jack Daniels on the rocks, quick with a joke and wit, and a cigarette in hand.
When he wasn’t enjoying life with friends, he was with his family celebrating and having joyous times. He is survived by his daughter, Rebecca Dinaburg (Lewis) (Matt Lewis), his son, Josh Dinaburg (Amy Dinaburg), and his grandchildren: Violet (Lewis), Gibson (Lewis), Isaac (Dinaburg), Piper (Dinaburg), and Estelle (Dinaburg). He is also survived by his brother Robert Dinaburg, along with various nieces, nephews, and cousins. He loved playing cards and board games with his family. He endlessly spoiled his children and grandchildren. Nothing gave him more joy than being with family, except maybe gambling and drinking with his best friend Dominic or being constantly disappointed by the Cleveland Browns (LOL).
None of us have any idea how to fill the void his passing has left in our lives. He was a force of nature. His 71 years on this planet were not enough for any of us. The beauty of his life is he spent each day living his best, doing it his way, and he was beloved. What more could one ask for in this lifetime? In honor of his life and the absence of his annual fraternity golf tournament, he will officially be named the Zeta Nu FTL Invitational Golf Tournament winner, memorialized on a trophy. A feat he could never achieve on his own here on Earth.
A Zoom funeral, with Jewish traditions, will be forthcoming to celebrate his life and to share “classic Dick” stories with family and friends. In lieu of flowers, our family is asking for donations towards the Jennifer Dinaburg Scholarship at the University of Colorado at Boulder. https://www.colorado.edu/geography/donor-support.