OBITUARY

Dr. Louis H. Riina

July 13, 1962April 6, 2019

Louis H. Riina was born on July 13, 1962 and passed away on April 6, 2019.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, April 10, 2019
  • Visitation Thursday, April 11, 2019
  • Visitation Friday, April 12, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, April 13, 2019
  • Interment Saturday, April 13, 2019
REMEMBERING

Dr. Louis H. Riina

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Kelly Zimmerman

April 12, 2019

Dr. Riina, we will be forever grateful to you for saving our Ralphie. Your compassion and love for your patients and their families was truly a testament of your calling. May God grant you the peace and love you showed so many, and may God embrace your family and give them strength during this very difficult time. Rest In Peace.

Al DeMicoli

April 12, 2019

I'm very sorry for your loss.
Louis was so giving to his friends , family and his patients.
He will surely be missed by all.
I cherish all the good times I had with him and I will never forget him.
Love Al DeMo

Suzanne & JoAnn Gaskey

April 12, 2019

Dr. Riina,

We are so sorry to hear of your passing, I want you to know how much you touched our lives without you even knowing.
You cared for our Mother and will never forget how compassionate you were and caring .
We will never forget you.

Suzanne & JoAnn Gaskey

Timothy Callahan

April 11, 2019

Dr. Riina,

I owe you my life. My deepest condolences to your family. What an incredible doctor and man the world mourns. Very upset by your passing. Think of you often. Always will...

Marty Saur

April 10, 2019

Dr. Riina
In this crazy busy world you always took the time to say hello and check in with the guys. We enjoyed your short chats and jabs as they went both ways. We send our sincere condolences to your family, it's a sad day for all of us.
You are forever in our hearts and minds........the "phone guys" @ NUMC (Ron, Marty, Billy and Craig)

Rabbi Leslie Schotz

April 9, 2019

Gloria Riina and family. I remember the pride in talking about this son who helped so many people with the reputation as a phenomenal doctor. Your son had spoken with me about his own spiritual journey. May God comfort you and your family on this difficult loss. Chaplain Rabbi Dr Leslie Schotz. May Louis’ memory be for a blessing.

ALAN CANTOR

April 9, 2019

Lou:

I will never forget 1st time we 'met'. I was in midst operating on little 4 year old diasbled boys burned heel, and you , ummm, barged in barking 'suggestions' despite us never meeting. Something clicked, and we had one of our famous debates/discussions, however, little Tony benefitted! We helped establish finest team of wound/hyperbaric clinicians anywhere, more so being a facility who never said 'no to anyone": severe injuries or fearful aliens, we all practiced w humanity, compassion and sense of teamful pride. In humorous recall: 1. I loved writing you the 'love letter' posing as the weird female doc from Harvard during our Hyperbaric Training. Donna even mailed it upstate to her sister to mail to NUMC so 'the cover' not blown and zip code thru you off! Look on your face fearing a stalker? (Me)? Priceless! 2. How everyone of us: Donna, Keith, Steve, we all loved "Phillip". 3. How you asked me about fatherhood, and I told you greatest title on Earth? "Daddy"! About my love of Springsteen passed to Justin, taking him w me to concerts near n far, creating a bond words cannot convey. 4. Your ridicule of me n my bag Austin Powers dolls to bring laughter to the kids!!!! 5. And, Shea Stadium Bruce concert: tailgating Zorns n wine on tail of my truck when we told 40 NYPD Cadets n their Sgt to "keep walking, left then right foot" since odds of them ever 'wanting' to be flown into NUMC not likely. rest in peace Lou. Be well. I am now seeking a "Louis H. Riina Medal" be established in Nassau County! My mission to perpetuate you, your name n your Life. ALAN J. CANTOR

Bob Friedman

April 9, 2019

Even though I only knew Lou for 12 years we both said we felt like we have known each other our whole lives. I will never forgot all the fun times we had together especially staying up late playing guitar or dancing at amazing concerts. The time you took Gina and I out to Kismet was a day we will never forget. I am a better man having known you and I will think of you and miss you the rest of my life, especially when I pick up the guitar. You wanted me to play more often and I promise you that I will. Thank you for everything. You are my brother forever.
Love,
"Chestnut Bob" & Gina

Justin Cantor

April 9, 2019


Dr.Riina,

My dad was a fellow colleague of yours at NUMC Dr.Cantor. I've heard so many stories of you and how much of a great doctor you were and a great surgeon. I was shocked when I got a message from my dad yesterday hearing of your passing. My dad learned a lot about burn care from you. Rest In Peace Dr.Riina .

Sincely,
Justin Cantor
Son of Alan J. Cantor DPM Surgeon, Wound Center Burn Center Hyperbaric Medicine NUMC

Marie Ulcena

April 9, 2019

Retired Nurse (NUMC)

Dr. Riina,
I have worked with you for thirteen years, and it was such a pleasure working with you.
You will be missed for your love for others, your compassion and your persistence to help others. Nothing was impossible for you. Your words “make it happen” Your protective nature will be missed especially for the children. Your indiscriminatory ways made everyone feel welcome around you. Everyone was the same in your eyes. The way you took pleasure in helping people was uplifting. For you, it was never about the job; it was about the people. I remember the lights in your eyes when you talked about going to Haiti to help those scarred victims to give them new lives, and how water poured out of your eyes when you spoke of the children in Haiti that are being sold. You have lived up to God’s expectation of how we should live our lives by sharing it with others.
Thank You!