Robert S. “Duck” Dickstein, age 78, a retired attorney and long time resident of Paramus, NJ passed away peacefully at Englewood Hospital on April 4, after a brief illness.
Born in New York City to the late Hilda Present Dickstein and Samuel Dickstein, Bob spent his early childhood in Washington Heights before moving to Teaneck where, in high school, his lifelong passion for wrestling began. His talent gained him a place on Columbia University’s wrestling team, which won the Ivy League championship in 1961. Upon graduating in 1962 with a degree in Economics, Bob became the freshman wrestling coach at Columbia and later went on to receive his Law Degree from New York University. His love of wrestling lasted his entire life, having spent countless hours refereeing as well as attending matches all over the country.
Bob had a successful law practice in Hackensack from which he retired in 1995 in order to focus more on his passions of helping people who suffered from addiction as well as mentoring countless students in sports, making them not only better athletes but better human beings. He opened his heart and home to everyone, always putting the needs of family and friends before his own. Bob had a special ability to connect with others and get through to them.
He was predeceased by his stepson, Scott Lagsdin, and is survived by his loving wife Janet, his brother Jerry and sister-in-law Ivette, two daughters Carol Manso and Holly Dickstein Pericoli, and four grandchildren. He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.
Family and friends will have a celebration of life gathering in the near future.
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