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Family remembers 'magnificent' life lived by father who died in Camp Fire

Julian Binstock lived in Paradise with his dog, Jack, until the Camp Fire tore through on November 8. His family later learned he died in the fire at his cottage home at the retirement community.

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In the 10 years he lived in Paradise, Julian Binstock was awarded a plaque every year at the Feather Canyon Retirement Community for being the "Funniest Resident."

His family said, "his love of humor and desire to make others laugh made him a popular gentleman at the center."

Binstock lived there with his dog, Jack, until the Camp Fire tore through on Thursday, Nov. 8. His family later learned he died in the fire at his cottage home at the retirement community. Instead of focusing on how he passed away, his family is sharing memories of the life he lived before the tragedy happened.

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Binstock's daughter, Christina Lamb, told ABC10 News he was the pinnacle in their family and he lived a wonderful life.

"My father Julian Binstock was a magnificent man. Tall, with jet-black hair and dark blue eyes, he was movie-star handsome. Raised nearly penniless, he was the first member of his family to attend college, which he did at Harvard on so many scholarships he was able to give money back each year. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna cum Laude with a degree in Romance Languages, having also acquired the polish and charm that characterized the rest of his life. He became manager of foreign distribution for Paramount Pictures, operating as a business-diplomat, working ten years in Brussels where his youngest three children were born, then three years in Tokyo and a year in Paris, before returning to the United States where he wrapped up his career in Hollywood as Vice President of Warner Communications, the parent company to Warner Bros. A truly gifted linguist, he imparted a love of words, language, and eloquence to his four children."

Binstock loved his rescue dogs. His latest dog was named Jack.

"He adored his dogs, all of whom were rescues, starting with Kilo (since we got him at the pound) through more dogs with metric-themed names — Two-point-Two (“Tutu”), Gram, Millie and so on — to his final beloved companion Jack, a gentle border collie mix who died by his side," Lamb said about her father's dogs.

Binstock was married for roughly 60 years to his late wife Elisabetta. They married at the age of 23 after meeting at Thomas Cook Travel Agency in New York City. They had four children together and are survived by them, including two grandchildren.

Binstock's family is asking for continued prayers and support during this difficult time. They are also asking for donations in Binstock's name to be made to the North Valley Community Fund to continue his legacy and help other families affected by the Camp Fire.

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