Philip Kaufman
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Philip Kaufman

Monday, March 30th, 1942 - Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019


Philip J. Kaufman,77, passed away on Tuesday October 22nd at the Joan Nicole Prince Home in Scotia, NY.

Born and educated in Buffalo, NY, Philip was the son of the late Herbert and Cornelia (Schwab) Kaufman.

A Vietnam era Navy veteran, Philip was employed by the Schenectady City School District for more than 21 years as a plumber prior to his retirement. An avid golfer and bowler, Phil was a member of the Schenectady Merchants Golf and Bowling Leagues.

Beside Philip’s parents, he was also predeceased by his brother Herbert Kaufman. He is survived by his beloved wife of 27 years, Leslie A. (Zeh) Kaufman who he married in 1992, his 4 children; Philip Kaufman Jr.(Clarisse) of Glenville, Mary DeStaffan (Peter) of Raleigh, NC, Kathleen Burns (Jim) of Loudonville and Suzanne Kaufman (Jim Kunkle) of Burnt Hills, his sister; Joan Ellis of Buffalo, NY and his 3 grandchildren; Olivia Burns, Briana DeStaffan and William DeStaffan.

A celebration of Philip’s life will be held on Saturday morning October 26th at 11 am at Bond Funeral Home, Broadway & Guilderland Avenue, Schenectady, NY. A visitation will be held at the funeral home from 10 to 11 am prior to the celebration.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Philip’s memory to the Schenectady City Mission, 425 Hamilton St., Schenectady, NY 12305 or to the Joan Nicole Prince Home, 22 Glenview Dr., Scotia, NY 12302

Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, October 26th, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Bond Funeral Home
    1614 Guilderland Avenue
    Saturday, October 26th, 2019
    10:00am - 11:00am
  • Service

    Saturday, October 26th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Bond Funeral Home
    1614 Guilderland Avenue
    Saturday, October 26th, 2019
    Celebration of Philip's Life
    Fr. Larry Anderson
  • Interment

    Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery
    200 Duell Road
    Schuylerville, NY
    Interment will be held at a later date.

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Susan Cromer

I am so sorry to hear this sad news, Leslie.
I enjoyed seeing you and Phil at local eateries from time to time. You enjoyed each other’s company so much. What a blessing.
Susan Cromer
Comment | Posted at 08:46am via Condolence

Sharon Cournoyer

I remeber when you both got married. I am so sorry about Phils passing. May he rest in peace. Prayers are for you and his family. Sincerly Sharon Champagne
Comment | Posted at 07:40pm via Condolence

Christopher Bentrovato

Our deepest condolences, the Bentrovato family.
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Kathleen Gautie

Thinking of you. Sorry to hear about Phil. I’m out of the country. Wish I could be there with you. Will be in touch when I get home. Love you.
Comment | Posted at 05:02pm via Condolence

Kathy Gautie

Hi,Leslie. The previous comment is from Donna Przezdziecki. We are in Aruba and I, too, am so sorry about Phil. I always quote him when I am playing golf. “Hit it Alice”. He was a precious soul and will always be in your heart❤️
Posted at 06:36am

Bob Cavanaugh


So very sorry for your loss. Phil was a good friend and great mentor. I met Phil more than three decades ago and he has been a guiding influence in my life ever since . I live in Florida and won’t be able to attend the services, but I’ll be there in spirit.

Bob Cavanaugh
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