• Nickerson Funeral Home
    Wellfleet, MA
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Preston G. Ribnick 1946 - 2013
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Tuesday, June 18, 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
Thursday, May 30, 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
Friday, 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.
Tuesday, 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.
Friday, May 17, 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.
Friday, 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.
Friday, 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
Wednesday, May 15, 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
Wednesday, 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
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Dearest Lilli,

Take my hand and listen closely.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
It is with a heavy heart that I add my voice to the hundreds of others who mourn the passing of a great man: Preston Ribnick. His vitality for life, his dedication to the well-being of others and his tireless energy and enthusiasm have been an inspiration to us all. May his passing not be in vein but spur us on to continue his work and his memory. With much love, Bruce Rapley, New Zealand.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Dear Lilli,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Of all the people I have met through Bruce, you and Preston were a delight. With all our love from here in New Zealand.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
So caring and attentive to others, so heartily involved in activities to improve the well-being of all, Preston knew how to deal with serious matters with his own light touch. When we think of Preston and of his relationship with Lilli, it seems to us he was just in his rightful place in the world.
With all our love, dear Lilli, from all the friends from France you and Preston met in March 2012.
Monday, May 13, 2013
Dear Lilli, Ben and Dov~~~

After reading all these beautiful, heartfelt and perfect descriptions of Preston we would only add that sometimes a person's spirit is so strong that it never really leaves the earth but remains scattered forever amongst those who love him. This is the essence of Preston and I have so much gratitude that our paths intertwined over the years. His life is a shining example of what a life well lived looks like. Rest in peace dear friend.
Monday, May 13, 2013
Mrs. Ribnick - Preston was very dear to us at Community Medical Providers (Fresno, California). We delighted in his teaching and visiting with him. I was picked to do a skit with him once in which I "thought" I could outwit him. I was humbly mistaken and had a wonderful laugh over it! Thank you for sharing your sweet hubby with us. May God rest his soul and give you peace and assurance that Preston is in HIS wonderful, loving presence.
With love,
Rhonda Malewski
Community Medical Providers / Pediatric Department
Monday, May 13, 2013
Ben, Dov, and Lilli,

PR was a very special man. He had one of the best and most unique personalities I have ever come across. Whenever I saw him, he always managed to make me smile and get a few laughs out of me. I will miss his trips to Southern California, his hospitality in Wellfleet, and joking around with him on speaker phone while driving around in Ben's car. He was a great man and I truly miss him. My deepest and most sincere condolences go out to you all during this time. I will always remember PR and love you guys!
Monday, May 13, 2013
My wife, Cynthia and I, were discussing the importance of knowing Preston. We concurred that Preston embodied decency, love and enthusiasm. That decency reaffirmed that life is special and precious and that one could succeed without acrimony. Preston's consideration for others was a rule, not an exception. Preston never wore his .love for family and the special bond that arises out of all family, as a duty - rather it was a welcome privilege. Enthusiasm of life and all those around him was easily seen in that easy sense of humor that was never biting, but laugh out loud funny and so inclusive-everyone was drawn in to that wonderful community that is Preston Ribnick. Preston, we'll miss you and cherish the knowledge that we could be friends for the last twenty-five years.

We share your loss Lilli, Ben and Dov and we are here for you.

Cynthia & Bill Chabb
Monday, May 13, 2013
I have been reading the warm comments about my brother Pres, and trying to reconcile my memories of a skinny- funny kid, w all of the thoughts of others. I think Pres was my Uncle Lenny- their personalities made both of them the family favorites. Pres and I shared a room w twin bookcase beds for 15 years- we fought constantly- those green beds would collapse ever time we wrestled. There are so many good memories- but what I will miss the most are the phone calls,and the hrs long political arguments. It made my day when he and Lilli emerged as pioneering anti wind activists. I will miss you Pres- your smile - and warmth. Your nieces- Kelly and Leah- will never forget the trip to London and Paris. Ben and Dov- you are wonderful young men and a tribute to your father. Lilli- thank you for giving him so many happy years.
Monday, May 13, 2013
Preston was truly a wonderful loving man that had a gift that made you feel special each and every time you spoke with him. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all.

Mark and Heather Finn
Monday, May 13, 2013
Dear Lilli,

We are so sorry for the sudden loss of Preston. It must be painfully difficult for you. Please know that we are thinking of you and will pray that your grief will ease with each new day and you can go an as Preston would want you to. He had such a zest for life and was so positive. He would want that for you as you move forward.
With deepest sympathy,
Brian and Kathy Elder
Monday, May 13, 2013
Hey guys,
Thinking of you all today, Preston was very special to me. Wish I could be there with you, God bless you all ...
Monday, May 13, 2013
Dear Lilli,
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss…our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Preston sent me an e-mail on April 2, and it was the first contact that we had since graduating together from Wichita Falls High School in 1964. We traded several e-mails in order to catch up on our lives. I was very pleased to have the opportunity to renew our friendship. He was a great guy and I was looking forward to sharing our friendship again.

My deepest condolences go out to his family.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
The world is a lesser place today. For me, PR's presence was strongest when times were hard; those times when true character is measured.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Dear Lilli,
I was so saddened to hear about Preston's passing. He was such a unique man, it was a pleasure to know him. He always went out of his way to greet me and make me feel important by talking to me. My thoughts are with you and your family.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
The thing about PR was that he had a great soul, a huge spirit, and a love of life. His light shines on...and for those of us who love and cherish his memory, he will live forever. Ben, Dov, and Lilli, you are in my thoughts, today and always.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Dearest Lilli, I cannot imagine your sorrow. I am so thankful that you have so many wonderful memories of the times you two shared together, and I hope those memories will help you as you grieve. Even though it does not compare to the loss you are feeling, I also experienced the loss, the loss of a very dear friend. You know how much John and I enjoyed being with the two of you. In fact, John had said that for his 70th birthday, he wanted to cash in a bucket list request. That request was to take a trip with you and Preston. John said he did not care where the destination was, only that the trip was with the two of you. I, of course, agreed. I appreciated and enjoyed Preston's friendship and sense of humor very much in high school. I am so glad that we connected back in the late 90's. He had, and still has, a very special place in my heart. John and I love you both, and we will miss our dear friend Preston. You two were a special couple.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Dear Lilli-- We were so completely devastated to hear about Preston and the ordeal you have gone through. We will be forever grateful that he and you were able to come to our wedding and share one of the happiest days of our lives. Both he and you are a blessing to the lives of so many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you across the miles.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Ben & Dov: So so sorry for your great loss; PR was a very special Dad. I am thinking of you both with love & prayers.
Stephanie (Betsy & Kayte's Mom) Curtis Gill
Sunday, May 12, 2013
We are so sad.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Dear Lilli, Even tho we didn't see Preston that often he was a presence in our lives. I'm so happy that I got to talk to him a short while ago and was anticipating a visit from you both in the near future. He was gentle and kind
and he will be greatly missed and a loss in our lives. Shirley and Harold Podolsky (Palm Desert, Ca.)
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Dear Lilli,

I was so sorry to hear of Preston's passing. My thoughts and prayers to you and Preston at this time. The world has become a better place because of Preston.

Lydia Manter
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Dearest Lilli,
When we heard of Preston's passing our hearts were broken for you and his sons. We were so happy for you when Preston came into your life and we shall never forget the beautiful wedding you and Preston had. A special memory for us will always be the time the four of us were together at the Cape. Never forget how much I love you and truly care. We send our deepest sympathy. Love, Diane Green & Freddy Aponte.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Dear Lilli - I am so very sorry about the passing of Preston. His life was well lived. May the memory of Preston and the life you lived together always be a blessing for you.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Dear Lilli,

I only met you once but followed your escapades weekly through WindWise Massachusetts. Your support along with that of others helped save Ylkun Ridge and Lenox Mountain in Lenox MA. If Preston were as spirited, committed, and dynamic as you, he was a real change agent. I am so sorry about your loss.

Best

Jo Anne Magee
Sunday, May 12, 2013
It is difficult to describe how much Preston will be missed. He was a caring and loving presence in our lives and the lives of our children for over forty years. We are grateful for the blessing of so many wonderful memories of Preston. We pray for the strength and courage of Lilli, Ben and Dov, and so many other family members and friends who will miss Preston beyond words. In the stars we will always see the twinkle in his eyes, in the sun the warmth of his heart, and in the moon the coolness of his wonderful humor and approach to life. He will always be with us and continue to influence us in so many ways. With love, Barbara and Arnold Saltzman
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Dearest Lilli, Ben and Dov, I loved Preston so much and can not imagine a world without his wit, wisdom and fire. We are so sorry to hear he is gone from us. He was a well loved man.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
I met Preston in the late 70's. He was in charge of Public Relations for East Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Metairie Louisiana. I was selling display advertising for a local newspaper. I called on his account at least twice a week. Preston liked my persistence and offered me a job when he first started his own firm. And while I never managed to sell Preston an ad I did manage to sell myself to his administrative assistant Lori whom I was lucky enough to marry. We moved from Louisiana in 1981 and after quite a few stops have settled in Sandwich MA. We both remember Preston as a gentleman who treated friends and collegues as family. He was a good guy. Tom and Lori Sheridan
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Dearest Lilli,

We were so saddened to hear of Preston's passing. He was a wonderful leader, mentor, teacher and advocate for improved quality of the patient experience in healthcare. His contributions are incredible and lasting and his infectious humor will be missed. You and Preston have been a loving and inspirational couple and we feel tremendously fortunate to have met you and worked with Preston. Please accept our sincere condolescences and hugs.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Preston is a personal hero of mine. I met him during our fight against the insidious & destructive Wind Turbine Industry. His sense of humor kept us sane while we fought the greed of the WT Industry and the foolish choices of our local officials. He was clever, quick witted, with a gentle nature; but he had a will & determination that was strong as iron. Everyone who met Preston loved him, & our lives will be less bright & hopeful without him. I offer my sincere & profound condolences to Lilli & the rest of Preston's loving family.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Deepest sympathy to Preston's family from a 1964 classmate at Wichita Falls High School. He is leaving behind some wonderful memories.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Lilli, Ben, and Dov,

I loved PR like a brother, and his wit, wisdom and spirit will be greatly missed. He is looking down on all of us and smiling.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Sincere sympathy to you and your family in the lost of Preston.. I was on the planning committee for our 50th Reunion. His imput will be greatly missed by each of his classmates. May God comfort his loved ones during the difficult days ahead.....
Patricia Apple Anderson, Class of 1964, El Dorado, AR.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Lilli,
Sending our condolances and love to the most wonderful people. I loved Preston like a brother I never had. He will be missed by all that knew him.
Love,
Larry and Marianne Hinson
Saturday, May 11, 2013
We are so honored to have known Preston and called him friend, if only for a short time.
His courage, compassion, hospitality, and sense of humor will always be an inspiration to us.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
My heart goes out to you, Lilli. Preston was one of the finest men I've ever known. I'll always remember his gentle spirit and wonderful humor. It was my privilege to know him...Sheila
Saturday, May 11, 2013
My deepest sympathy Lilli-Ann, in the loss of your dear husband, Preston. He was a beautiful man and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Linda Stevens
Friday, May 10, 2013
We wish to extend our deepest sympathies at this difficult time.
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