With a heavy heart we mourn the loss of Rich Rubenstein who lost his battle with multiple myeloma on March 1st.
We had the privilege of working with Rich since May 2017. He was a great employee and became a friend of everyone he worked with. His dedication to his family, work, and life was an example to us all.
I am friends with Rich’s son Michael Rubenstein. Over a beer, I was discussing my difficulty in finding an inside sales rep. Michael ask if I would be willing to consider his father. He explained Rich’s ongoing battle with multiple myeloma and that he would need some time off for treatments. He went on to explain that Rich would show up at 7:30 to make coffee and would be wandering where everyone was and probably leave after everyone else. After interviewing Rich we liked him and moved forward.
Over the time we worked together and learned more about him.
He was a dedicated Husband, Father, and Grandfather. During the summer he was able to go on a long cruise with his wife. He talked about that trip and the time they spent together often. I remember during the summer, his granddaughter had an internship near our office. Every Friday, he would take time to meet his granddaughter for coffee.
A sports fanatic, I don’t think I ever met someone that knew more about sports. Their family said sports was their language of love. He had many pictures of him with his son and grandson at sporting events. Even with his bad knees, he was a Panthers season ticket holder and made most of the games. We enjoyed getting updates on his grandsons accomplishments in baseball.
One of my big issues with the inside sales positions was getting them to actually work. This was never a problem with Rich. It was quite a change to hear him constantly on the phone and see the documentation in our CRM of the work he was doing. He was a great example of real work ethic to our younger employees. There were many times I could tell he was hurting but he never complained. During a heavy session of chemo toward the end, he worked from home. We wanted him to just rest, but he wanted to work. His wife told me that he was still getting up early to be in his home office by 7:30. Right up till the end we were expecting him to beat this and be back to work.
Although I only knew Rich for a short time, he made a lasting impression.
He lived his life to the fullest right up till the end. He never gave up and never complained. Let him be an example for us all. Cherish the time with family and friends. Be dedicated to the work you do, but take the time to make memories with family and friends.