General Information

Full Name: Eric Dranoff
Date of Death: Tuesday, April 4, 2023

We are devastated to announce the loss of Eric Dranoff, life-long resident of Rockland County,
New York, who passed away on April 4, 2023, at the age of 63 after a short battle with
pancreatic cancer. Eric is survived by his loving wife Debra (Debbie) and his four favorite
children Milicent (Mark Feier), Eddie, Harrison and Charles, his brother Kevin (Deborah) and an
incalculable number of friends, who he considered his family.
Eric graduated cum laude from both Albany law school in 1984 and American University in
1981, where he met the love of his life Debbie and began their journey together. He practiced
as an attorney for almost forty years, first as an associate at Bower & Gardner, and then as a
founding partner at Saretsky Katz & Dranoff, LLP. He was a litigator, specializing in insurance
coverage, employment law and the defense of municipalities. He sincerely valued all of the
many clients he worked with throughout the years across New York State.
Eric used his professional expertise to benefit many organizations and people, and was
particularly proud of his fifteen years with the Rockland Community College Foundation, where
he served as Chairman of the Board and was beloved by students and faculty alike. He was a
real man of the community, serving as Chair of the Industrial Development Agency of Rockland
in addition to various board memberships at the Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation, the
Rockland Economic Assistance Agency, the Rockland Economic Development Corporation, and
the Rockland Business Association.
Even with his busy schedule, he never missed any of his children’s sports games or music
concerts. Eric was quite the musician himself, drumming since he was eight years old and
flexing his musical ability in ensembles from rock bands to Mediterranean drum circles. The best
part of Eric was his big heart and his true concern for others. He loved life, being with his
friends, eating good food, traveling, watching sunsets, but what he loved most was being with
his family, who meant the absolute world to him.
He was loved and respected by so many, and will be missed beyond words.
Donations can be made in his memory to, or
Let’s Win, 422 East 72nd St., Ste. 9F, NY, NY 10021
The funeral will take place on Monday April 10th at 10am at Louis Suburban Chapel in Fair
Lawn, NJ with burial following the service at Cedar Park/Beth El Cemetery in Paramus, NJ.

Service Information

Monday, April 10, 2023
10:00 AM

Service at:
Louis Suburban Chapel
13-01 Broadway, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410

Burial at:
Beth El Cemetery
735 Forest Ave, Paramus, NJ 07652

Get Directions to Louis Suburban Chapel


  1. Harold Glassberg

    Eric was my friend along with Kevin over 60 years ago. We played a lot of table HICKEY with the older boys including his brother Kevin
    We would check in periodically and time would just melt away

    A good man
    A mensch
    May his memory always be a blessing

  2. Richie Decker

    My heart hurts. i think Eric and I first met and became friends in 1st grade. We were in the same class until 6th grade. We both hated our 5th grade teacher, Miss Mishkin, and i remember when she announced that she was getting married, Eric in front of the whole class asked her who the unlucky guy was. That dry sense of humor originated early. In 6th grade, we formed our first band (managed by Kevin) and played our first and only gig at a Republican convention for Eugene Levy arranged by Eric’s dad. We featured among others Monster Mash, Satifsfaction, Honky Tonk Woman and Wipeout. Eric and i went through Pomona together and were cheerleaders dressed in drag in the Ramapo senior talent show. He was much cooler than me in junior high and high school but treated me just like i was as cool as him. That is the kind of person he was but you know that. I just re read what he wrote in my HS yearbook and among other things he told me “Good luck in future–get what you want”. Very Eric. Our paths next crossed when we were both admitted to practice law in New York. Because i moved to Los Angeles in 1985, our paths rarely crossed until about 5-7 years ago when he began referring me legal work. It was like no time had passed. i would stop by his office when i came to NYC and our last time together was having sushi in Newport Beach when he came out to LA. Since then we texted semi regularly and his sense of humor always came across in his texts. We last communicated this past October around the time of the Ramapo reunion and i texted him about two weeks ago and didn’t get a response and didn’t think anything of it, Now i know why. I am so sad and so sorry. Condolences to Eric’s family from mine and I’m really going to miss you buddy. You truly were one of the great ones. Richie Decker

  3. Darek & Diane Willmann

    We are very sorry for your families loss. I didn’t know Eric well, but I had a very good impression from the times that I did meet him. I will miss seeing the two of you walking your dogs as I bicycle around Fairway Bay. You seemed like a perfectly matched, pleasant and very nice couple. We hope to see you here in Florida, and there is anything that you need you can count on us.
    Regards & Heartfelt
    Darek & Diane Willmann
    1920 Harbourside Dr, Unit 1003
    LBK, FL 34228

  4. Lisa Siegel

    Oh Eric! I’ll never forget you or the amazing memories through the years. Especially the car on fire in the driveway. Thank you for holding that secret for 35 years. Now I know it was my fault… you had a heart of gold and an amazing sense of humor. I wish I could ease the pain for Debbie and your children and everyone else that loved you…RIP to one of my faves…


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