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 Wichita 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 magnificent 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 graciously 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 www.nickersonfunerals.com
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Published in The Cape Codder from May 13 to May 20, 2013