Howard Robert Kaufman

Time of Service:

Thursday, June 4th, 2015 at 2PM at the Graveside

Place of Service:

Beth Israel Cemetery, Woodbridge, NJ

Burial Location:

Beth Israel Cemetery, Woodbridge, NJ
Judge Howard Robert Kaufman, 84, went to the big courthouse in the sky 29 May 2015. Beloved Father of Susan (Doug) Kaufman and Ilene (Luis) Rivera; Grandfather of Dante; Partner to Janet Nedoba, preceded in death by his Father Emil and Mother Helen (Levy) and Brother Carl; he spent his life serving others. A United States Marine; an Assistant United States Attorney General; First Chief of Consumer Fraud for the State of Illinois and finally a Cook County, IL Judge, he gave of his life in many ways. Through Volunteering and mentoring youth, through sharing wisdom, humor and his zest for life, he left a mark on all he encountered. Growing up in Brooklyn, NY, his childhood was the beginning of his lessons of life. As a student at American University in Washington D. C. and at Purdue University, he developed his love for physical education. Following Purdue he joined the United States Marine Corps and led his group of men as a 2nd Lieutenant, building a sense of duty, comradery and toughness that he carried throughout his life. Attending Law School at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL, he received his J.D. being one of the first to receive a law degree with a BA in Physical education. Proud of himself, yet not in a grandiose way, he was a self-made man. Practicing law as a Prosecutor in Elk Grove Village IL; holding private practice in Elgin and in Chicago, IL, he believed in justice. He had many colleagues including those in the legal field, in politics and other that were involved in the justice system. A dear friend to many, he leaves many lives touched in many places. He loved to travel, loved to play sports, and had a competitive spirit and a warm place in his heart for his dear rescue Greyhound dog, Chase. He loved a good conversation, and was not afraid to share his opinion on most anything. As a Father he instilled goals, direction and love to his children, as a Partner he was caring, loving and giving. All people that crossed his path remember Howard. He will be remembered in our hearts and minds forever. "It's good to be Chief."
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