OBITUARY

Seymour Dubbs

June 11, 1929October 7, 2020

Seymour Dubbs, born June 11, 1929 passed away Wednesday October 7, 2020 at the age of 91.

Seymour is the beloved husband of Pearl, father of Alan and Eric, father-in-law of Debbie and Michele, grandfather of Alyssa (Nick), Jordan, Melanie and Tyler, and great-grandfather of Joella, passed away on October 7, 2020.

Seymour was a pillar of the community and had a long and distinguished career as an attorney in Rockland County, working with local business owners and residents to ensure community prosperity. He served as President of New City Jewish Center and was a proud member of the Jewish War Veterans.

Seymour’s sincerity and kindness was known throughout the county and he was someone you could count on for genuine advice and support. He was instrumental in donating to causes he believed in and valued. He will be sorely missed by those who knew and loved him, including family, friends, clients, and local business owners.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Hellman Memorial Chapels, 15 State Street, Spring Valley, New York. 845.356.8600. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.hellmanmemorial.com for the Dubbs family.

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, October 9, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Friday, October 9, 2020

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Gina Leonetti

October 21, 2020

I met Mr. Dubbs when I was serving jury duty in Rockland. I remember asking him (post trial) if his wife taught at Cottage Lane (Blauvelt) Elementary School. He said she did. My deepest condolences to you, Mrs. Dubbs. Your husband clearly is an example of a life well lived. I always will remember him, but not as well as I remember you from 5th grade over 50 years ago!

Bruce Jacobs

October 9, 2020

Baruch Dyan HaEmes, rest in eternal peace Seymour. You were the personification of the word gentleman. Truly, one of the most ethical and fair lawyers that ever practiced in Rockland County. Anyone who ever knew you is a better person for that. To your entire family, I extend my most heartfelt sympathy. Aleph HaShalom

Bruce Jacobs

Alexander Bursztein

October 9, 2020

Seymour was one of the first lawyers I met in Rockland County, when I started working for the Legal Aid Society in the fall of 1985.

Our office represents tenants. Seymour represented landlords. I don’t know in how many cases Seymour and I were on the opposite side; too many to count seems fitting. What I do know is that litigating against Seymour was always a pleasure. He was always civil and courteous; it was never personal when I appeared against him. He was also very competent and knew the ins and outs of New York’s landlord/tenant laws as well as anyone. His knowledge of what was possible made reaching reasonable settlements immeasurably easier.

Over the years, I got to know Seymour personally. He was such a kind, gentle and understanding man! When my elderly father came to live with me in 2010, the only lawyer I took him to meet was Seymour. Somehow, I knew that Seymour and my father would hit it off. Actually, I was not guessing that it would work. There is a common language spoken by older Jewish men and I don’t mean only Yiddish.

I’ll never forget Seymour urging my father to join Veterans of Foreign Wars and my father trying to explain that he did not feel right doing that because he fought in WWII as a soldier in the Red/Soviet, rather than the American, Army. I do believe that ultimately they came to understand each other, in no small part because Seymour was infinitely kind and patient.

I will miss Seymour not only as a wonderful lawyer and a formidable adversary in court but also as a truly kind, warm and gentle human being.

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