ForeverMissed
On 3/8/2021 Robert Joseph Ribant, 55, was suddenly called home to join Lorraine Ribant (mother) and Ronald Ribant (brother) for his next journey. Robert, known as Bobby to his family, was a loving son, loyal friend and brother.

Although Robert made New York his home for the past 27 years, Bobby was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan where he is survived by:

Donna Ribant (sister)
  Ryan Kenneth / Jacqueline (nephew)
   Ava, Grace, Faith (great niece)
Amanda Wing / Robert (niece)
   Ally, Amelia, Luke (great nieces / nephew)
Elissa Robinson / Sage (niece)
Cal Kolen / Falicia (nephew)
   Abel, Levi (great nephews)

Connie Ravezzani / Carl  (sister)
  Kevin Ribant / Kylee (nephew)
     Oliver, Miles (great nephews)
  Jeremy Ravezzani (nephew)
  Anthony Ravezzani (nephew)

Lorra Ribant / Theresa (sister)
  Christian / Renee (nephew)
     Cassius (great nephew)

Joyce Ribant (sister)
 Joslynn, Merrik (niece / nephew)
Posted by Steve Millington on March 26, 2021
I was so sad to hear about the passing of Robert. Robert and I worked together at Michael's Restaurant in New York for nine years. He was a dedicated and powerful figure. I learned many things from Robert. His integrity to detail and his craft of being a chef were unparallelled. We worked very hard together to make Michael's a successful operation. I in the front of house and he in the back of house. We shared many wonderful and difficult times. Robert was a great chef and some of the best meals I ever had were made by him. We had some fun times together. I remember when we went to California to celebrate the 25 year anniversary of Michael's Santa Monica. He loved good food and we shared many a meal in gregarious rapture. However, the dinner that we had on our way back to NYC after the celebration ended was an exceptional one. We went with Robert's wife and I to a place at Santa Monica airport called "The Hump" a renowned Japanese sushi restaurant. We had Omakase and drank several bottles of sake with the meal. We ate prodigiously, laughed and were very close. I was surprised as I wasn't sure if he really liked me. In all honesty we never had a very close relationship. But it was always respectful. He taught me about being a leader and I looked up to him for that. I am sad that I didn't get to spend some more time with him after he left Michael's. The restaurant business tends to beat you down over time. Robert was a tough man with a very soft and kind heart. Rest in peace old friend. With Love, Steve Millington
Posted by Sharise Schwartz on March 24, 2021
Sending my deepest condolences to you Lorra & Terri...I too, have lost a brother..so I feel ya ♥️ ...be gentle with your hearts..love & squeeze hugs. Take care..

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Posted by Steve Millington on March 26, 2021
I was so sad to hear about the passing of Robert. Robert and I worked together at Michael's Restaurant in New York for nine years. He was a dedicated and powerful figure. I learned many things from Robert. His integrity to detail and his craft of being a chef were unparallelled. We worked very hard together to make Michael's a successful operation. I in the front of house and he in the back of house. We shared many wonderful and difficult times. Robert was a great chef and some of the best meals I ever had were made by him. We had some fun times together. I remember when we went to California to celebrate the 25 year anniversary of Michael's Santa Monica. He loved good food and we shared many a meal in gregarious rapture. However, the dinner that we had on our way back to NYC after the celebration ended was an exceptional one. We went with Robert's wife and I to a place at Santa Monica airport called "The Hump" a renowned Japanese sushi restaurant. We had Omakase and drank several bottles of sake with the meal. We ate prodigiously, laughed and were very close. I was surprised as I wasn't sure if he really liked me. In all honesty we never had a very close relationship. But it was always respectful. He taught me about being a leader and I looked up to him for that. I am sad that I didn't get to spend some more time with him after he left Michael's. The restaurant business tends to beat you down over time. Robert was a tough man with a very soft and kind heart. Rest in peace old friend. With Love, Steve Millington
Posted by Sharise Schwartz on March 24, 2021
Sending my deepest condolences to you Lorra & Terri...I too, have lost a brother..so I feel ya ♥️ ...be gentle with your hearts..love & squeeze hugs. Take care..
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My Brother My Friend

Shared by L Ribant on March 24, 2021
What can I say brother, I love you and I miss you. I don't have many childhood memories but I do remember you. I remember "football" with you in the living room, really it was just me running at you to see if I could get by and you would tackle me. I remember you rehearsing in the basement. I would sit out side the basement window while you played. I thought you were the coolest big brother. I remember making little cardboard buttons, taping safety pins on them with your bands name, Son of Sam, S.O.S, having know clue.

Fast forward to me being 15 and you brought JoJo into our lives and she got me my first and second job. I stood up for the first time in a wedding. You were so handsome and I felt so honored. Got myself into a jam and you and JoJo took me in, I was not ready yet. Life ended up getting in the way and before I knew it, you were gone. The band days were behind you and you started your career in the culinary arts. Again, I was so proud of you, I held my head a little higher when I spoke of my brother the Executive Chef at Michael's :) When you moved to New York in 1994, that was my brother! We let to many years go between once you left. Part of me has regret and the other part said you were gone for a reason and it might be for the best.

We finally came back together and as we caught  up, man you were funny. Once again I was so PROUD of my brother. Who survived himself and some pretty dark days and who was standing on the other side putting others before himself.

In the end as it was in the beginning I was PROUD to to have you as my brother.
With all my heart, Lorra