OBITUARY

Preston G. Ribnick

June 14, 1946May 5, 2013
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In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his memory to Fidelity Charitable, a charity at which a fund has been established to collect contributions in memory of Preston Ribnick. Please reference ‘The Preston Ribnick Memorial Fund’ in the memo field of your check." Checks may be made payable to Fidelity Charitable and may be sent to: Fidelity Charitable, P.O Box 770001, Cincinnati, OH 45277-0053.

Obituary:

PRESTON G. RIBNICK “PR”, 66, of South Wellfleet, MA passed away in the early morning hours of Sunday, May 5th. He was surrounded by his family and enveloped in love.

Preston was born on flag day, June 14, 1946 in Witchita Falls, Texas to proud parents Frank and Claire Ribnick. Preston graduated from high school in 1964. He received his undergraduate degree at the University of Houston and his master’s degree at Tulane University, in New Orleans.

Preston daily gave thanks to what he considered his greatest achievements in life which are his two magnificant sons, Benjamin and Dov. He was so proud they have become such fine young men who have followed their own unique paths to happiness and personal success. He felt extremely fortunate to maintain an almost daily communication with each since they live so far away. Preston and Lilli tried to support each son and even traveled to the ends of the earth to do so when possible. Conversely so, both sons consider their father a legend, rightly so.

In 1994 he married the love of his life, Lilli-Ann Green, in Chatham, Cape Cod. This has been a true partnership and high adventure on every level of human love, friendship, leisure, mutual respect and business. The bonds could not be deeper.

In 1979 Preston followed his entrepreneurial spirit and founded Professional Resources Group (PRG). PRG became a nation-wide health care information and consulting firm dedicated to improving patient care.

A prominent Medical Director and Chief Quality Officer of a large multi-specialty medical group that Preston worked with for many years stated that “this is a great loss for the family and for the entire country!! [Preston] was a wonderful part of building a culture of patient courtesy and I will always remember the brilliance that he brought to that effort. Not the least of this was the way he used humor to lighten his teachings.” He further said that “you cannot say more for any man than that he made such a difference in people’s lives that one meeting left a life-long positive impression. Preston Ribnick was such a man. His wisdom, kindness, humor, and love of teaching were instrumental in the change that has come to healthcare in the last 20 years, elevating patient satisfaction, patient courtesy, and the entire patient experience to one of our highest goals.” Preston was proud to live the unique and wonderful community of Wellfleet. He was extremely grateful for the protection of the Cape’s fragile environment through the Cape Cod National Seashore. His love of democracy led to continuous advocacy work since 2010 focused on protecting the health safety and well-being of the people living on Cape Cod, in our Commonwealth and around the world. Preston and his wife loved to travel and spent an extraordinary life together exploring foreign destinations around the world. Another great joy was traveling to “The Homeland” to see his beloved family and friends all across the great state of Texas. Preston also immensely enjoyed visiting family and friends wherever they lived or met with us. Preston is survived by his wife Lilli-Ann Green; his sons Ben Ribnick of Carlsbad, California; and Dov Ribnick of Sydney, Australia, and brothers Alan Ribnick of California and Keith Ribnick of Texas as well as a large and loving family.

Charitable donations may be made to Fidelity Charitable, a charity at which a fund has been established to collect contributions in memory of Preston Ribnick. Please reference ‘The Preston Ribnick Memorial Fund’ in the memo field of your check." Checks may be made payable to Fidelity Charitable and may be sent to: Fidelity Charitable, P.O Box 770001, Cincinnati, OH 45277-0053.

A memorial celebration of Preston’s life will be held at the Wellfleet Preservation Hall, on Main Street in Wellfleet on Monday, May 13th at 11:30 AM. The doors will open for contemplation at 10:00 AM. Rabbi Deanna Douglas will officiate. Marge Piercy has greciously offered to read her poem dear to the family. Denya LeVine has kindly offered her gift of song.

Preston was honored to be veteran of the United Stated Army.

For online condolences please visit Nickerson Funeral Homes in Wellfleet.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Monday, May 13, 2013
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June 19, 2013

Lilli, Ben and Dove: Please accept my condolences on the loss of your wonderful husband and father. I first met Preston in 1972 in Washington, D.C. and have treasured his friendship ever since. Please know that he and you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Dan Bent, Honolulu, Hawaii

Val Martin

May 31, 2013

I am very sorry to hear of Preston's passing. He is a great loss to his wife and family and to the campaign against the menace of industrial wind turbines. He
stood up for his beliefs. I met him and Lilly in Dublin and found him to be a true gentleman.

Val Martin, Irish Spokesperson European Platform Against Wind Farming

Benjamin Ribnick

May 24, 2013

Martin Smith

May 24, 2013

Preston and I (and Paul Shivery) went through Officer Candidate School together in 1970, at, as you know, Ft. Belvoir, Virginia. Preston was always one of the singular members of our platoon: outspoken, articulate, and excellent company. I greatly enjoyed being his classmate and his friend.

In recent years we've traded a emails and had a few phone conversations with the aim of getting together sometime. We always had a reason to defer a reunion until a later, more convenient time and now, of course, it is terribly too late. Missing a chance to see Preston again is always going to be one of the bitter regrets of my life particularly because with age I should have learned my lesson.

I'm so sorry for your loss. The other entries in the guest book are heartening in their sincerity and impressive in their worldwide scope. It seems clear that Preston made his time count for something and I hope you can take comfort from that.

John Kilgour

May 21, 2013

We remember with great warmth Lilli and Preston's visit to our site in Dunfermline Fife. Preston was a real Gentleman and so dedicated to his work on the impact of health issues caused by wind turbines. Lilli please do accept my sincere condolences.

Jutta Reichardt

May 18, 2013

Dearest Lilli,
grateful for the short time we spent together in 2012 here in Northern Germany, when we could welcome you in our home, as friends and allies in the fight against the tyranny of wind turbines. Three days in March, when we were close to each other, talking, laughing, fighting the same fight.
It was a great pleasure to see you both with so much love for each other. Since then, we think a lot about you both, and were sure, that we all would meet again one day.
Preston's wisdom, understanding, humor and compassion were unique. We are proud that he accepted us as friends.
What a loss for all, who knew him and especially for you, dear Lilly.
Whenever you need ears to listen, eyes to see, a bed to rest and a break - we have all this for you.
We will miss Preston so very much, and are so incredibly sorry about your loss.
Our thoughts are with you, dear Lilli and with the whole family.

Jutta and Marco, Neuendorf-Sachsenbande, Germany

On behalf of all our anti turbine fellows in Germany and our EPAW members, to whom your tireless work, your documentations and the Windwise-radio, brought help and support.

Keith and Dave Ribnick

May 17, 2013

Lilli, Ben and Dov, our love and prayers are with you as you cope with Preston's passing. He was a wonderful man and brother and he loved you very much. I cannot believe he is gone. I like to believe we will be with him again some day. Always know that Dave and I are with you in spirit and here if you need us.

May 17, 2013

Dear Lilli,

We wish you a lot of Love and Light for you and your family.
You're in our prayers
Janet Holtkamp and Bernhard Nessensohn, Nieuw-Buinen, Netherlands

Amelia Ribnick Kleiman

May 16, 2013

Dearest Ben, Dov, and Lilli,
Even as a Ribnick with a knack for words, there are simply no words to express the depth of your loss and ours with Preston gone. He was always my "brother from another mother", there in good times and bad, my forever constant with love, advice, as well as loving-teasing. I so looked forward to his phone calls, where we would catch up on our lives and share so much....I was so glad that Mom, Greg, Deb, Keith and I were able to come to Wellfleet to share in the memorial celebration. While the light that he brought to all of us may have gone, each time we remember him, a spark is re-kindled.....so my blessing is that the spark of Preston never goes out....and that it will shine for eternity in the hearts of all who knew and loved him.....and even those who didn't. Love you all so much....
Amelia, Eric, Brett, and Jacks

Jill & Murray Martin

May 15, 2013

Dear friend,
We cannot begin to imagine your sorrow Lilli. We were so sorry to hear of your loss of your "Biker boy". We will always recall a wonderful time with you both enjoying life the way we are ment to.You are in our thoughts. Jill and Murray