DUSTIN J. DRAPKIN
DRAPKIN--Dustin Joseph, 23, passed on March 5, 2010 in Snowmass Village, Colorado. Dustin was born December 2, 1986 in Bayonne, New Jersey to Donald and Bernice Drapkin. Dustin was raised in Alpine, New Jersey, where he attended Dwight Englewood School. He graduated in 2009 from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a dual major in Management and Music. Dustin was set to embark on his passion to become a chef, having recently been accepted to the French Culinary Institute. Dustin had a passion for life that was contagious to all who had the fortune of knowing him. While his life was certainly too short, those who were touched by him understand that the quality of existence far exceeds the quantity of time in which one lives. His smile, humor and passion for life brought so much joy to both family and friends. Dustin is survived by his loving parents, Donald and Bernice of Alpine, New Jersey; devoted sisters and brothers Matthew, Dana, Nicole, David and Amanda; beloved brother-in-law, Josh and sister-in-law, Annie; adoring nieces and nephews William, Lilly, Annabel, Emma and Charles. Funeral Services will be held at Temple Sinai of Bergen County, 1 Engle Street, Tenafly, NJ Monday March 8th at 10:30am. Funeral under the direction of Quinn Hopping Funeral Home, Toms River, NJ and Gutterman and Musicant Jewish Funeral Directors, Hackensack, NJ.

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Dear Don and Bernice,

I just found out about your tragic loss. I am heartsick for you. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Barbara (Gertz) Humphreys
April 6, 2010
Dear Don,

i am so sorry for your loss. I have no words that can possibly make up the anguish you must be going through at this time. I know you loved your family and children and this must be a difficult time. I wish there was something i can do or say..but please know you are in my thoughts and i wish only the best for you and your lovely family.

Stuart Ehrlich
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stuart ehrlich
March 24, 2010
Dear Bernice, Don and family,

I am so sad to hear the terrible news of Dustin. I hope the wonderful memories of Dustin will help relieve your sorrow. May God bless you during this difficult time.

With deep sympathy,
Megan Cote Lachance
March 24, 2010
Dear Donnie and Bernice,

I was distressed to hear about your very sad loss. You are wonderful people and I pray that you be comforted in the great memories of the son who no doubt was a wonderful person. His soul will live on forever in a tribute to you and everything you stand for. G-d bless you and your family always. My deepest sympathies are with you.

With love,
Eddie Trump
March 22, 2010
Dear Bernice and Don,

We just learned of your tragic loss of your beloved son, Dustin. There are thoughts and memories too deep for tears and inexpressible in words. Mom and I are remembering the love Grandma Helen had for your children. Dustin
is with her and his grandfather now and will keep watch over you with them.

You will be in our prayers at this sad time.

Mary Meaney

Noel Meaney
mary /noel meaney
March 21, 2010
Dear Bernice and Don,

We were very saddened to hear of your loss. Nothing can be worse than the death of a child. Please accept our deepest sympathies.

Stan & Renee Furst
Stan Furst
March 15, 2010
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
Camp Friend
March 15, 2010
Dear Bernice and Don,

This is a tragedy that no parent should have to endure. We believe that our souls are energy that is neither created or destroyed. Sit quietly and let Dustin's soul wrap you in his love and know that he will always be with you.

Our prayers are with you and your entire family.
Janet, Paul, Laura, Rachel & Sarah Keshishian
March 14, 2010
Dear Don and Bernice,
Having been to all the family gatherings over the past 23 years during the Holidays and other times I too share your loss of Dustin. Prayers were said at Mass on the Island of Hawaii when I heard the news. He will be truly missed.
God Bless - Ed Just (Havi, Hawaii)
Edward Just
March 14, 2010
Dear Don and Bernice,
We were shocked and sadddened by the news of the loss of Dustin.We want to express our deepest sympathy.Our thoughts and love are with you during these difficult times.
Ulises and Jaimee Sabato
March 13, 2010
DEAR BERNICE AND FAMILY, Please accept my heartfelt condolences upon the loss of your son, dustin. I know that words cannot begin to express a tragedy of this magnitude. I hope that the memories of your son continue to burn bright forever and ever. dotty ghelman.
dotty ghelman
March 13, 2010
Dear Bernice and Donald,

Our heartfelt condolences on the loss of Dustin. You are truly wonderful parents and we know how much love you gave him.
Michael and Barbara Greenwald
March 13, 2010
Dear Bernice and Family,
My heartfelt condolences to all of you on the loss of your son,Dustin. May your happy memories of Dustin help to console you in your time of grief.
Marlene Moskowitz
March 12, 2010
Dear Bernice, Donald, David, Amanda and all who love you,
The news of Dustin's passing is overwhelming and unbearable. Words are but a small way to express the sympathy we feel for the loss of your beautiful son and brother. G-d bless you and Dustin, a remarkable young man. He lives within our hearts.
Amy, Gary, and Perry Goldman
March 11, 2010
Donnie and Bernice, we were saddened and shocked when we heard last night of of Dustin's sudden passing . Our heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the two of you and your entire family .
Carol and Gil Goldstein
March 11, 2010
Dear Bernice and family,
I am not sure you will remember me Bernice, but i worked at Classy kids for many years. I helped you clothe your beautiful children. My heart is broken for all of you. I will continue to pray for your strength every day. God Bless You now and always.
Ria Leone
Ria leone
March 11, 2010
March 10, 2010
Dear Don, Bernice and Family,
What has happened to you is certainly a parent's worse nightmare. My heart truly goes out to you all. I will never forget the kindness you showed in helping us when Gordon died nearly 10 years ago. If there is anything I can do - please let me know. Fondly, MaryAnn, Max and Alex Rich (Demarest, NJ)
March 10, 2010
Dear Donald,

I was so saddened to learn of Dustin's passing. Please accept my heartfelt sympathies. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Bernice and the rest of your family.

Sincerely,
Steven Glauberman
Steven Glauberman
March 10, 2010
Dearest Don, Bernice, and Family,

Sending you my heartfelt sympathies and deepest condolences on the loss of your beloved son, Dustin. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

As always,
Ellin Jarmel
March 10, 2010
To Laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty,to find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
To know that one life has breathed easier because you have lived.

This is to have succeeded.

As this poem was being read at Dustins service, it truly was how he led his life.
Your family's remarkable love and devotion for one another will see you through the weeks and months ahead,as well as the love and support of all your friends.
Steve K
March 10, 2010
Dear Mr.Drapkin
To you and your family my heartfelt condolences.
Stuart Ellison,Mgr. River Palm Terrace
March 10, 2010
Dear Bernice, Don, Matthew, Dana, Nicole, David and Amanda,
Ross, Brooke and I were so saddened to hear about Dustin.
I remember Dustin as a young boy when we would ski with you and your family in Snowmass. Even as a young boy he had an infectious smile and a real love of life.
May your memories of Dustin and knowing he was so adored by so many help you through this difficult time.
Alexandra, Brooke and Ross Cohen
Alexandra Cohen-Hartenbaum
March 10, 2010
Though we have never met, our hearts are breaking for your loss. Dustin was a dear friend to our son, Jamie. We pray God will give you the strength to survive the greatest loss a parent can ever know. We will keep you in our prayers and Dustin in our hearts.

Sincerely,
The Shkolnik Family
March 9, 2010
To Don, Bernice and family. Please accept
our deepest sympathy. Our hearts are
breaking for you. We send you our love. Steven, Stephanie, Eric and Amanda Richman.
Stephanie Richman
March 9, 2010
Dear Bernice, Don & family
Our deepest condolences and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. Your hearts are broken for the loss of your precious son. He's in the arms of his angels. God bless you. We're thinking of you all.
Bernice & Phil Lavigne
March 9, 2010
Dear Bernice & family,

I only met Dustin a few times but he instantly made an impression as a kid 'going places'-confident, outgoing, warm & funny.
Can't imagine what you must be going through-my prayers are with you.
Paul Chaplin
March 9, 2010
Dear Mr.Drapkin, Bernice & Family,
I will never forget the kindness that was shown to my family during the illness and loss of my father, Robert Wright. I remember meeting your son Dustin as a young boy, I was shocked to hear of his death. May God wrap His loving arms around you during this difficult time. God Bless You.

Vanessa R. Wright & Family
Passaic N.J. & Stone Mtn. Ga.
Vanessa R. Wright
March 9, 2010
Dear Bernice and family,
Our deepest condolences and prayers are with you in this terrible time of grieving. We remember Dustin with great affection. Our hearts go out to you all.

Marilyn, Alex, Ben and Rachel Ehrlich
Marilyn Ehrlich
March 9, 2010
Dear Drapkin family , Our warmest sympathies and be comforted knowing that God is "near to those that are broken at heart, and those who are crushed in spirt he saves". (Psams 34:18)
M.
March 9, 2010
Dear Bernice & Family,
My deepest condolences are with you as you grieve. No bond is as great as that between a parent & child. May God bless you.

Sharyn Mark
Sharyn Mark
March 9, 2010
Dear Drapkin Family,
I met Dustin when we were campers in New Hampshire, and was fortunate to have kept in touch with him since. His kind soul, genuine enthusiasm for life, infectious curiosity, quirky, independent spirit, brilliant mind and magnanimous presence will be forever remembered by those who knew him. He lived a life so much larger than his 23 years. Please accept my deepest, heartfelt condolences.

Anna Salzberg
March 9, 2010
To the Drapkin Family,

I remember having Dustin in my 5th grade Hebrew school class and what an absolute pleasure it was to teach him. His face really did crinkle up in the most wonderful way when he smiled. I remember how thoughtful and kind he was to everybody. I ushered at his Bar Mitzvah and was incredibly impressed by his demeanor and confidence when he gave his speech on the bimah. I am profoundly saddened by the loss of this special young man and I send my deepest condolences to your family.
Lynn Wisnia
March 9, 2010
One of Dustin's gifts was the way he made you feel by knowing him. He made you feel special and important. The mutual love and loyalty that Dustin and his friends had for each other was enormous. In a way he is still leading them to be strong yet sensitive. We will miss him so much. We will always remember and honor him. He has helped shape who we are and made us all better for knowing him. We will always hold his memory in our hearts. Love the Birns Family.
March 8, 2010
Dear Donald & Bernice,
Dustin will be greatly missed by everyone who was lucky enough to get to know him. After our Moonshine project went awry, he got me involved in his DJ project. He then gave me the exciting news re chef school. We are shocked and saddened by this news. He was so excited about Chef school. And the DJ League before that .. And Moonshine before that. :) He had such an infectious attitude and it was my honor getting to know him. Great memories. We had a long day together in NY after Wine 2.0 in Nov... my wife entertained us with live music at a bar and Dustin and I had discussions about how to build businesses from the ground up.

Our deepest condolences to you both and to the whole family.

Kind Regards,

Smoke & Anitra Wallin
Smoke Wallin
March 8, 2010
To The Drapkin Family, please accept my condolences and know that I am praying for you, I belive God will actually swallow up death forever and he will certanly wipe the tears from all faces, Love,Norma from Aspen.
Norma Paniagua
March 8, 2010
To the Drapkin Family,

Hearing about Dustin this weekend brought me to tears yet also allowed me to reflect on our time together, meeting in Hebrew School and eventually graduating from Dwight-Englewood together. He was a delightful person who always had a smile on his face and I have nothing but positive memories with him over the past ten plus years I have known him. This is truly a loss but I cannot help but think that while he was on this earth with us, he was nothing but a gracious, kind, and loving being. My thoughts are with you during this mournful time.

Sincerely,

Michelle S. Kramisen
March 8, 2010
To the Drapkins -- Please accept my sincerest condolences. Nothing can fully assuage the pain of your loss -- but if any comfort can be found in the knowledge that Dustin had a meaningful and positive impact on all those around him -- acquaintance and close friend, alike -- then these words have served their purpose. - Fellow D-E Alum
March 8, 2010
Dear Donald and Bernice,
We are overwhelmed with grief at the passing of your beautiful son. We wish you strength and offer solace. We know you a lifetime and wish we could lessen your pain. Our hearts and thoughts are with you.
Ronne and Alan
ronne fisher
March 8, 2010
My Daugter went to Penn and graduated with Dustin last Spring. My daughter was upset to learn of Dustin's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Fellow Penn parents - Cresskill NJ
March 8, 2010
Our Daugter went to Penn and graduated with Dustin last Spring. We are all unsettled to learn of Dustin's untimley passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Fellow Penn parents - Cresskill NJ
March 8, 2010
To the Drapkin Family,

Hearing this news left me speechless and deeply saddened. I know that no words I can offer could possibly ease the sorrow that you are experiencing now, but please know that my thoughts are with you.

The last time I spoke to Dustin was probably about a decade ago, but I remember him well; he was a wonderful person and will be dearly missed.
Danny Kelly
March 8, 2010
Like everyone in our community, we were devastated to learn of your loss. Dustin was an adorable young boy who grew into a charming, funny and wonderful young man. We know there are no words to ease the pain. We hope that you take some measure of comfort in knowing how many others were touched by Dustin and that we all mourn the loss. Your family is in our hearts and thoughts.
Steve, Cathy, Dan & Caitlin Abrams
March 8, 2010
Dear Bernice and Donald,
There seem to be no words to convey the our deepest condolences on the untimely loss of Dustin. Our niece got a call from a mutual friend, told her father in NY who called Amir and I in Miami. Natalie and Adam were with us and we were all in shock. Our prayers and heartfelt sympathies are with you, and can only hope that happy memories of your loving son Dustin will help you through this difficult time. Know that every life he touched he made better.
Sadly,
Joan Amir Natalie and Adam Cohen
Joan Amir Natalie & Adam Cohen
March 8, 2010
My deepest condolences to the Drapkin family during their time of mourning. I knew Dustin from high school and while we were simply classmates, I could see that he was not only very intelligent and charismatic, but also one of the nicest guys in the grade. He will be missed.
Samantha Soto
March 8, 2010
My daughter went to Dustin's Bar Mitzvah in middle school and they both just graduated from Wharton this past May. I remember seeing your family in the stands on that cold rainy Sunday morning for the Wharton graduation ceremony. How proud you must have been to see Dustin walk across the stage to receive his diploma. May those happy memories help to console you in your time of grief. Dustin was a tragic loss of a young life. My deepest condolences to your family.
A fellow Penn parent
March 8, 2010
Dear Bernice, Donald, David, Amanda and your family, our heart-felt sympathy is with you at this most difficult time in your life. Dustin will live on in our hearts and our minds. Marion, Jay and Carli Blau
Marion Blau
March 8, 2010
My deepest condolences go to your entire family. My thoughts and sympathies go to you all during this time of tragedy.
A friend of Davids
March 8, 2010
Dear Bernice,Don and family.The recent loss of your son,Justin, who has left at such a youthful age is certainly in the category of those hard losses for which there is so painful a reminder of what might have been.
I offer my sincere condolence and deepest sympathy on your loss. May the outpouring of sympathy, the kind acts of friends and strangers and the comfort in knowing that your loss is felt by many, help you through this difficult time.
I ask for God's blessings on you and your wonderful family. May you find the courage and strength to move forward in peace and confidence and in knowing that his life was a life well-lived.
Sincerely and in Peace, Yvette Kanatake
Yvette Kanatake
March 8, 2010
our family was saddened by the news about dustin and we are very sorry for such a terrible loss.
jon, caaron,alexandra and julia willinger
March 7, 2010
Dear Bernice, Don, Matthew, Dana, Nicole, David, Amanda, and family,
There are no words that can ease your sorrow on the loss of your dear Dustin. Our hearts our with you, and please know that we're thinking and praying for you, as is the whole community. Dustin was a remarkable young man.
Barbara and Ron Couri
March 7, 2010
Dear Bernice,and family. Our prayers go out to you and your family during this most difficult time. There are no words that can express the sorrow we feel for you and your family. I only hope that time will be a healer for all that loved your son Dustin. Bernice, I remember you so well, and I know you are strong, and I know that God will be there for you. Sincerely, Sandra, Sarah, and Michael Baruch
Sandra Baruch
March 7, 2010
Dear Bernice,and family.Our prayers go out to you and your family during this most difficult time.There are no words that can express the sorrow we feel for you and your family.I only hope that time will be a healer for all that loved your son Dustin .Bernice,I remember you so well,and I know you are strong,and I know that God will be there for you. Sincerely ,Sandra,Sarah,and Michael Baruch
March 7, 2010
Dear Bernice,and family.Our prayers go out to you and your family during this most difficult time.There are no words that can express the sorrow we feel for you and your family.I only hope that time will be a healer for all that loved your son Dustin .Bernice,I remember you so well,and I know you are strong,and I know that God will be there for you. Sincerely ,Sandra,Sarah,and Michael Baruch
Mrs Sandra baruch
March 7, 2010
I have had the pleasure of working with the Drapkin family for 24 years now----They are like my second family--& Dustin was very special to me--he was my buddy----I loved him as if he was my own---& to Don & Bernice I will always be there for you as you have been for me-----& my heart goes out to all the family members----Love Carson & Brutus
Carson Link
March 7, 2010
Dear Don and Bernice,
It was with a sad and heavy heart that I learned the news from D-E about Dustin. We were all touched by his spirit at school, and warmed by his success at Wharton. I cannot imagine what you must be feeling at this time. Regrettably I will not be able to attend the services tomorrow, but please know you and your children are in my thoughts and prayers.
In sympathy and with deep condolences.
Sally Powell
March 7, 2010
There are no words that can begin to express our
sadness when we learned of this terrible loss. Dustin's friendship meant so much to our son, Robbie. Our hearts and prayers are with all of you.

The Sadow Family
Susan Sadow
March 7, 2010
Donald and Bernice,

Lauren passed on the sad news this morning and we want you to know how deeply sorry we are to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this incredibly difficult time.

Curt and Wendy Lyon--Aspen, Co
March 7, 2010
Mr.& Mrs. Drapkin.....Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family at this most troubling time. Please know that as our family was in need with the lost of a family member, you and your family stood by our side. Our family will always be there for you and your family at this time and any other time. This is what "LOVE" is about...
"LOVE ALWAYS", The Wright Sisters - Wilma, Jeanette, Dolores, Jean, Carol and Francines and Family (Robert Wright- Passaic, NJ)
March 7, 2010
My deepest condolences.
A Friend Of Amanda
March 7, 2010
With deepest sympathy from our home to yours, may the love of family and friends help guide you through the difficult roads ahead.

With loving thoughts,

The Stein Family
Steins
March 7, 2010
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
Bob Carberry
March 7, 2010
Dear Mr. and Ms. Drapkin,
It was with sadness that I learned Dustin's passing. My condolences to you and your family.

Sincerely,

Bob Carberry
Bob Carberry
March 7, 2010
MY PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU.
IN THE BOOK OF LIFE THERE IS NO CHAPTER FOR THE LOSS OF A CHILD ......SO, THERE ARE NO WORDS..........ONLY LOVE AND FAITH IN KNOWING DUSTIN IS AN ANGEL
MUCH LOVE ALWAYS
DEBRA LORINS
March 7, 2010
In My Pocket

I have memories in my pocket.
They rattle among the change.

My memories of you are treasures I carry wherever I go.

They are stored in bits and pieces, parts of a beautiful whole
They give me comfort when I think I am alone.

Yes, I have memories in my pocket, like so much other stuff I keep there.

But of all the treasures I have, it’s the memories of you that are the most precious.
Carl Lorins
March 7, 2010
To Bernice and Donald, Having known Dustin since pre-school, he was such a cute kid, always the perfect gentleman, kind and courteous to our children Leslie and Andrew, always that little turned up smile on his face. As an adult my kids raved about him and valued their friendship. Andrew was so excited to be visiting him at Snowmass. Our family is greatly saddened by the loss of this shining light and we send our deepest condolences to you both and your children. Leigh & Charles
Leigh & Charles Merinoff
March 7, 2010
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
Friend of Dwight-Englewood
March 7, 2010
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