OBITUARY

Morton I. Kaufman

July 1, 1928February 3, 2021

Morton I. Kaufman of Sharon, MA, passed away on February 3, 2021 at the age of 92. Born in Fall River in 1928, he was the son of the late Simon and Rose (Cohen) Kaufman. The family moved to Nantucket Island when he was 2 years old. His family ran Cy’s Green Coffee Pot, a well-known establishment on Nantucket for many years.

He graduated from Nantucket High School in 1946 and graduated with a degree in History from the University of Vermont and a Masters in Education from Boston University. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps stateside from 1950-1952, reaching the rank of sergeant. He was a teacher and then elementary school principal in Sharon for over 30 years. He believed in the nobility of teaching and education and was renowned for learning the names of all of students in the school after only a few months.

An avid and outstanding baseball player in his youth, he loved swimming in the ocean, tennis and all things sports. But he also loved reading, theatre, music. He read the “New York Times” and the “Boston Globe” daily for over fifty years. He is predeceased by his beloved wife and friend of over 60 years, Dorothy, and leaves his children, Robert and Julie, and four granddaughters.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sharon Public Library or the charity of your choice.

The family is hoping to have a celebration of his life when the weather is warm and the world is on the mend.

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  • Funeral Services and Burial are Private

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Howard Glazer

March 5, 2021

So sad to hear of the passing of "Mr. Kaufman," father of my childhood friend Robert and the best principal I ever had, by a mile -- an understanding and funny man who appreciated a funny kid who would occasionally pick the wrong time and wrong teacher to put his humor to the test. Condolences to Robert and all the Kaufman extended family on the loss of a unique, great man and educator.

Robin Berger Rubinstein

March 1, 2021

I only think about Mr. Kaufman with total admiration. Besides being our friend Julie's dad, he truly was the coolest principal - when I attended the intermediate school (Pleasant St. school). As we say in the rabbinate, Baruch Dayan Haemet, blessed is the true judge and Zichrono l'vracha and may his memory be forever a blessing.

Rebecca Bailey

March 1, 2021

"Mr. Kaufman" was the principal of the Sharon Intermediate School when I arrived there as a student and my mother arrived there as a returning teacher. To this day, I recall his particular combination of kindness, humor, and strength, which made the school feel like a good place. For my mother, he was the kind of principal who helps you do your best, is a true ally. A life well lived. My condolences to my classmate Julie.

Sincerely,
Becky Bailey

Mark Brass

February 16, 2021

Mort Kaufman was a wonderful man. He had a wonderful smile that raised up your spirits. I always enjoyed playing tennis with Mort at the Sharon Tennis Club. He also showed great interest in my son Adam at East Elementary School. Mort showed great care and interest for all of his students at Eat Elementary School.

Rest in Peace my beloved friend,

Mark Brass

Weldon Lloyd

February 16, 2021

He was a man of all seasons. Every day I miss playing tennis with him and my children tells me stories about him as a principal and teacher with love.

Jim Berish

February 16, 2021

Sending our sincerest condolences to Mr. Kaufman's family. Mr. Kaufman was my Principal at East Elementary school. I have so many fond memories of an encouraging leader for all students. I remember him spending hours helping students after school when many educators are off the clock. My two favorite memories include his participation in the model airplane club like he was one of the fellow students. Many, many years later we met again on the tennis courts at Sharon Tennis Club. He remembered my name, asked about my parents, and wanted to know about my life after East Elementary.

Vera Jordan

February 8, 2021

Mr. Kaufman was the principal of East Elementary when my two sons were in the Alternative School (upstairs). As the president of the PTO of that school within a school for a few years, I often worked with him. I liked him so much. His primary concern was always the welfare of the students, he knew each of them by name, and greeted them each morning with a welcoming smile. Even years after his retirement, if we chanced to meet in the center of town, he always asked after my sons - by name. He was a good, good man and my condolences go out to his children and grandchildren.

Deena & Len Segal

February 7, 2021

Mort was a very special person who knew everybody! He was so thoughtful, kind, caring, and gave so much to so many through his participation in education and numerous organizations. He will be missed and remembered. We extend our deepest sympathy to Julie, Robert and their families.

Jeffrey Solup

February 7, 2021

What can be said about my cousin Morty Kaufman? First and foremost, he loved his wife Dorothy. I had the honor of being able to spend a lot of time with Morty the last few months of his life. In this time there wasn’t day that would go by without him telling me how much he adored and truly admired Dorothy. We got to spend some time driving to places, and he always had a great story to tell. He taught me so much in such a small amount of time...I will miss him dearly. Love you Mort.

Jeff

Hannah Rpsinsky

February 7, 2021

We all loved Morty he was funny yet caring for all his students. He told us if we wanted to to come to Nantucket come to his parents restaurant. That is where Morty spent his summer. Such good memories. Shalom Morty Oh by the way we did go to the restaurant and the food was great.0