Bernard Philip Kaufman
Bernard P. (“for perfect” as he would say) Kaufman, 76, of Bellingham, formerly of Medway, entered into rest on Monday, January 4, 2021.
He was the beloved husband of Loretta Kaufman, with whom he shared 39 years of marriage before her passing in 2004; subsequently, the husband of Joan Russo for 14 years. Born in Boston, he was a son of the late Saul and Lillian (Katzginski) Kaufman.
Bernie attended Boston Latin School and later Northeastern University for his undergraduate and Bentley College for his master’s degrees. He was a Certified Public Accountant for H.F. Hunter in Franklin, a truck driver for Canada Dry and an auditor for the Internal Revenue Service. Bernie was best remembered for his perpetual joking and laughing with his family and lifelong friends. He was an avid Boston sports fan, who especially enjoyed watching and attending his grandchildren’s events. He also enjoyed jogging and walking with his greyhounds.
Those left to cherish Bernie’s memory are his devoted children: Eric Kaufman and his wife Julie of Lake Orion, MI, Adam Kaufman and his wife Kristen of Medway, MA, and Robin Whealan and her husband Jim of Tewksbury, MA; his cherished grandchildren: Emily & Kevin Kaufman, David & Robert Kaufman, Cameron & Meredith Whealan; his two nephews Scott and Stephen Kiley of New Jersey; and his dear brother-in-law, Jim Kiley, all of New Jersey. He was preceded in death by his sister Janice Kiley of New Jersey.
Services were held privately, due to public health restrictions. A celebration of his life will be held when it is safe to do so.
Bernie’s family would like to acknowledge the wonderful care that the staff at Blue Hills Health and Rehabilitation Center in Stoughton provided to him, throughout his stay.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Bernie’s memory to Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452 or Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) PO Box 37920, Boone, IA 50037-0920
Arrangements under the direction of Stanetsky Memorial Chapels, www.stanetskybrookline.com.
Bernard Philip Kaufman
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January 17, 2021
Bernie & I were the same age, more or less. We both went to latin School. We both went to West End House Camp. He was the better athlete; good at basketball, great at baseball---3rd base), good at football. I remember when we visited his home with my parents . . .we must have been 8 or 9 years old . . . his dad, my uncle Saul, hit tennis balls out to us in the street, using his crutch (I think he had lost a toe or two, due to diabetes).
We would meet up from time to time, in Cambridge or Boston. I was driving a cab. He was driving a truck for Canada Dry. I would beep him, and he would pull over for a chat. He was studying nights for his accountancy degree.
There was not a person living in the world with more humility.
January 15, 2021
I'lll never forget all the fun we had as children ,as all our crazy pranks that we will take to the grave w/us. I'll always remember walking w/ our Boobie to pick u up from school. U were the greatest & kindest person I ever knew
May u rest in peace w/ ur sister & parents as well as Loretta! All my love forever! Cousin Linda
January 10, 2021
To the Kaufman Family,
Just heard about the passing of Bernie. My husband , who passed away last year, worked at Canada Dry with Bernie and they became very good friends. The Sunday morning breakfast crew met for years and even I was allowed to be a member. Bernie always had a joke and we enjoyed the times we spent with him. May he rest in peace.
Lois and the late Donald Dauley.
January 8, 2021
Adam and Kauffman Family . Sincerest condolences for your loss. Our Prayers, Peace and Love are with you during this time. ~ The Laprade Family
January 5, 2021
Sincere condolences to Adam and the Kaufman family, Bernie leaves a wonderful legacy. May loving memories ease the pain of loss.
January 5, 2021
It is hard to pick just one memory. All the holidays we shared, back yard cookouts, birthdays and meals. We were a family in every sense of the word.
Bernie always had a smile and a wise crack to keep things light. He was a quiet and steady participant in all our family gatherings. His smile and love will be missed.