David Lewis Kaufman, 49, a loving and devoted husband, father, son, brother and friend, peacefully passed away on August 25, 2015, at his home in Raleigh, NC.
David was born on June 9, 1966, to Rita Kaufman and the late Sumner Kaufman, in Spring Valley, NY. He grew up in Trumbull, CT. He graduated from Trumbull High School and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.S. in Physics. David enjoyed a lengthy career in IT and Logistics Management at Railinc in Cary, NC.
David is survived by his mother, Rita Kaufman of Cape Cod, MA; wife, Rebecca of Raleigh; son, Isaac of New York, NY; brother, Adam Kaufman and wife, Eileen of Mt. Sinai, NY; sister, Dianne Kaufman of Cape Cod, MA; Uncle & Aunt, Paul and Bernice Kaufman of Houston, Texas; Father and Mother-in-law, John and Reva Yoakum of Marion, NC, and many beloved cousins, nieces and nephews.
David will be remembered as a kind, giving family man known for his sweet smile, brilliant mind, clever wit, exceptional loyalty and thirst for knowledge. David loved to travel, enjoyed a good read, collecting comics, outings in nature, and had a special affinity for music and guitars. In recent years, he was a joyful inspiration to those around him as he confronted a devastating illness with extraordinary courage and his signature positivity, determination, grace and humor.
The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Duke University Medical Center, the Duke Adult Bone Marrow Transplant Center & 9200 unit and the UNC Cancer Center for their special care and dedication to David. A special thank you to Mark, his donor, for his kindness and generosity that allowed us to have David with us these extra special past four years.
A Celebration of David’s Life will be held Sunday, August 30, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. in the Hill South Ballroom at The Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, NC. Following the service, please join the family for a luncheon reception to share memories and fellowship. Casual attire.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in David’s memory to the Salvation Army of Wake County, P.O. Box 27584, Raleigh, NC 27611, or the Raleigh Rescue Mission, PO Box 27391, Raleigh, NC 27611, to aid those in need. Condolences may be expressed at CremationSocietyNC.com.