Robert J. Kaufmann, age 79, of Ocean Gate died on Friday, March 8, 2019 at Community Medical Center, Toms River. Born in Philadelphia, he has lived in Ocean Gate for many years.
Mr. Kaufmann was a US Army veteran of the Vietnam War, and taught CCD at St. Hugh High School, Philadelphia. He was a graduate of North Catholic High School, Philadelphia, where he later taught night school. Prior to retiring in 1994, he was a self-employed painter and paper hanger.
He is survived by his wife, Maureen; his children, Robert Kaufmann and Shannon Ruiz; his step-children, Maria and Charlie Manning and David Gindel; 12 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren. Mr. Kaufmann was predeceased by his brothers, John, Charles and Thomas.
Viewing will be Thursday from 2-5pm and on Friday from 9-10am at Horizon Funeral and Cremation Services, 1329 Route 37 West, Toms River. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at St. Barnabas RC Church, Bayville. Interment with Military Honors will follow at Brig. Gen. WC Doyle Veteran's Memorial Cemetery, Arneytown.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Robert's honor to Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA.
You came into our lives when we needed you the most. You didn't have to make us your own but you did. Thank you for being my Dad. Rea and I were very lucky to have you in our lives! With Mom you made two beautiful babies! Thank you for Bobby and Shannon! When you left us, a part of me went with you, and I'll always have you in my heart. I love you Dad! Til we meet again! ?"
"I love you so much PopPop you will forever be in our heart"
"So sorry for the loss of your Dad, hold tight to those wonderful memories, they have a way of bringing a smile to your face every now and then! God Speed Mr. R. Kaufmann and I Salute You For Honoring and Defending The USA...??"
"Dad always said"life is easy. It's the assholes will make it difficult" . So true. Love you Dad."
"You loved and were loved,,.we miss our Philly boy.. thank you for everything you?ve done for us ?"