David Kaufman Ansell

March 11, 1937June 30, 2019

David Kaufman Ansell of West End, N.J. passed in peace surrounded by his loving family early Sunday morning at Monmouth Medical Center at the age of 82. He is survived by his beloved wife of 20 years Rosemary (nee Fratantonio), his former wife and mother of his children Susan, and three children, Mitchell (Mary), Allison, (formerly married to George Ryan), and Gena (Greg). David will be lovingly remembered by his seven grandchildren: Carly, Steven, Matthew, Lindsay, Jake, Max, and Griffin. He will also forever be missed by his brothers, Robert (Gabrielle) Richard (Debbie) and Jack (Beth) Ansell. Born March 11, 1937 in Monmouth County, he was the first son of Leon and Doris Anschelewitz. David graduated from Asbury Park High School, attended the University of North Carolina and obtained his law degree from the University of Virginia. David was senior partner and Chairman of the Matrimonial and Family Law Department at Ansell Grimm & Aaron. He devoted his entire practice to matrimonial law and was considered one of the top matrimonial attorneys in New Jersey, commanding the respect of his adversaries as well as the judges he appeared in front of. Mr. Ansell has been President of the Monmouth County Bar Association, President of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (New Jersey Chapter), and a Trustee of the New Jersey State Bar Association. He was also among the recipients of the 2007 Professional Lawyer of the Year award. In addition, Super Lawyers magazine named Mr. Ansell to its list of outstanding attorneys in the practice of family law in the State of New Jersey for the years 2005 through 2008. David was a long-standing member of Temple Beth El in Ocean Township and served on its Board of Trustees. He was also a member of the Hollywood Golf Club for close to 50 years and served on their Board of Trustees. David was well known for his highly contagious spirit and was often referred to as the “original Larry David.” An avid sports and music fan, his passion for the New York Giants, Rangers, and Bruce Springsteen was notorious among those that knew him. He was loved by all and will be missed by many. A celebration of David’s life will be held at 11am on Monday, July 1st at Congregation Torat El, 301 Monmouth Rd, Oakhurst, NJ followed by a burial at Beth-El Cemetery, 3351 NJ-33, New Jersey. Arrangements handled by Bloomfield Cooper Jewish Chapel, Ocean, NJ.


  • Funeral Service Monday, July 1, 2019
  • Committal Service Monday, July 1, 2019
  • Shiva Monday, July 1, 2019
  • Shiva Tuesday, July 2, 2019


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Joel Mason

July 6, 2019

So sorry to hear of Dave’s death.
Fond memories of growing up at Bond Street Grammar School and Asbury Park High School.
We had a close knit group and shared many good times.
RIP my friend, you will be missed
By family, friends and colleagues.

Harold Goldman

July 3, 2019

Mitchell and Allison,
I’m so sorry to hear about your father. May your good memories give you strength and bring you peace.
Harold Goldman

Jamie Von Ellen

July 3, 2019

Dear Alison and family,
my memories of David go back to when I was a puppy lawyer. He and Phil Jacobowitz the titans of the Monmouth courthouse and always in Al Lehar's courtroom. I loved to watch them in action. Seemed every case they had was with each other! David was so commanding but could never sit still:). he would pace and pace while arguing his motions. I remember Al once challenging him to stay still. He could not! Just laughed and continued as always.
As my practice move north I saw less of David but will always very fondly remember him.
My most sincere condolences to all of you,
Jamie Von Ellen