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Mount Sinai Obituaries and Services » David Rabuchin
December 13, 2013
Our beloved father, David Rabuchin, passed away on Dec 6, 2013. Born on October 12 1925 to Russian Jews who immigrated to New York City after WWI, as a child he grew up in the Bronx and worked at his dad’s liquor store. He was a member of the Greatest Generation in the truest sense. He frequently shared memories of time spent in France and Germany as he proudly served during WWII defending his country. After the war he lived with his parents in Arcadia CA and worked as a ballroom dance instructor, where he met and married his glamorous wife Jean. They moved to Pasadena CA and had 3 sons. Dave was a devoted husband and father, and worked nights at the post office and days selling insurance to give them the security he deeply felt he needed to provide.
He landed a job as teller at Santa Anita Racetrack, where he worked up to the highest window. At family gatherings, he would regale us, in a raspy voice that still carried a trace of a New York accent, with stories of the big spenders who frequented his window and came to call him a friend. In 1969 the Rabuchin family bought a house in West Hills CA where they were a well-loved fixture in the neighborhood. After Jean suffered a stroke, Dave left his job to care for her, and for over a year sat at her bedside 10-12 hours a day.
Dave was gifted with intelligence, class, common sense, a generous nature and sometimes wicked sense of humor. He had a scholar’s passion for history, and was an avid reader of mystery novels. By example, he instilled in his sons the value of devotion to family, scholarly pursuit and the importance of a strong work ethic.
The world was a brighter place with Dave Rabuchin in it, and he will be terribly missed by all those who loved him. He is survived by his sister Shirley, his son Brad and his wife Jennifer and their daughter Alexandra, his son Mark, and his son Steve and his wife Janis and their children Sydney, Riley and Brady, and also his extended family Doug and Shelly Boyle and their children Taylor, Abbe and Samantha.
Services Friday December 13, 2013 at 11:30AM
Mount Sinai Memorial Parks and Mortuaries ~ Hollywood Hills