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John William Kaufmann

October 6, 1941August 10, 2019

John William Kaufmann, 77, a long-time resident of Wellesley Hills, passed away Saturday, August 10, 2019.

Born October 6, 1941, in Albany, NY, he was the son of William and Charlotte Kaufmann.

John was raised in western Massachusetts and graduated from Northfield Mount Hermon School. He was a proud and devoted alumnus of Brown University, from which he received an Alumni Service Award. He graduated from Boston College Law School and was an attorney, specializing in civil litigation.

He was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Wellesley Hills, where he sang in the choir and volunteered. Kind and easygoing, he was a people person who loved everyone. His hobbies included reading, theatre and music. An omnivorous sports enthusiast, he was a fan of the Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics, and especially Brown University football. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and hosting gatherings at his second home on the Cape. John’s sense of humor and genuine kindness affected everyone he met. He will be greatly missed.

Beloved husband of Katherine Stone Kaufmann for 50 years; loving father of Andrew Stone Kaufmann and his wife, Apple, of Natick, MA; Amy Kaufmann Ro and her wife, Ruth, of Montclair, NJ; proud grandfather of Oliver, Lucy, and Charlie Ro; survived by his loving sister, Mary Ann Hansen of Naples, FL, and her children, Blake, Tyler, and Whitney Hansen.


  • Brown University Sports Foundation
  • Unitarian Universalist Society of Wellesley Hills Music Fund


21 September

Memorial service

11:00 am

Unitarian Universalist Society of Wellesley Hills

309 Washington Street
Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts 02481

Luncheon reception to follow, location to be announced after the service.


John William Kaufmann

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Leah Fygetakis

August 19, 2019

Dear Kathy and family,

Kathy, I am so very sorry to learn of your husband’s passing. It must be so difficult to think about life without him. Although I did not know him, from reading his obituary, I can just tell that he was the type of person who lived his life with passion and likely brought joy and light to those who came within his orbit. I’m glad both for the time you had to share together on this earth and also because this means that you and your family will be able to draw upon many wonderful memories and feel the comfort and closeness of his presence in your hearts. May you always feel his loving presence within you.

My heartfelt condolences, to you and yours,

Leah Fygetakis

G. Michael Gardner

August 19, 2019

We grieve for the loss of John Kaufmann; we rejoice for having known him – enriched by his company, ennobled by his friendship.

Joshua Bretholtz

August 15, 2019

Jon was like a second father to me from ages 7 to 13. His warmth, kindness, dad-humor, and generous spirit made the Kaufmann home my default sleepover space throughout the 80's. He raised a son who was my bestest friend for almost a decade and instilled in Andy the same love and sweetness that marked everything Jon did. My love goes out to Kathy and Andy and Amy and to the Wellesley community of which Jon was such a sweet part. He will be missed on this Earth and a little part of my childhood seems so much more poignantly nostalgic for our collective loss today - a better sweeter world populated by kind adults who always had a silly joke and NEVER missed dessert. I love you, Jon, and I won't ever forget our first trip to Brown, Raiders OTLA nearly a dozen times in the theatre, and the bottomless drawer of candy in the TV room.

Ralph Leonard

August 13, 2019

John, remember? I was in first grade, you were older, you were in second. It’s been that long, that long for me with your steady, often wise friendship. There’s a hole in me right now. But I am thinking of your smile, your humor, your kindness and steadfastness; I know many of us are missing you similarly.