ONTARIO: Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude. Paul Kaufman's attitude of excellence was evident in his accounting practice, his personal relationships and his bowling game.
Paul passed away Tuesday morning February 26, 2013 in his Ontario home after a courageous six-year battle with cancer. He was 65.
Born July 6, 1947 near Lucas, he was graduated from Madison High School and earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Ashland University.
Mansfield accountant J. E. Moore took Paul into his practice, and Paul worked more than thirty years as a Certified Public Accountant. The accounting firm of Moore and Kaufman transitioned to Kaufman Accounting and more recently operated as Kaufman & Leach. Paul's attention to detail and amiable personality helped develop long-standing relationships with many of his clients. "He really liked to chat, while preparing your taxes."
Paul was an avid bowler. He bowled in several area leagues over the years, and most recently with the Thursday night league at Lex Lanes. Some of his best times in life were spent in bowling alleys. He never rolled a perfect game (he did bowl a 299 game and held a ring from the American Bowling Congress), but scored a perfect 300 by meeting his wife at Park Lanes.
He had been a member of Hilltop Community Church, where he served as an usher and deacon, and more recently was a member of Berean Baptist Church, where he also served the congregation ushering.
He is survived by his wife Nancy (Eckstein) Kaufman, whom he married November 27, 1971; their children Phil & Kelly Kaufman of Spring Valley, Joy Kaufman of Geneva, IL and Ben & Danielle Kaufman of Rock Hill, SC; grandsons Barrett Kaufman and Benson Kaufman; and siblings Betty & Mike Diemer of Lexington, Connie & Kyle Hootman of Perrysville and Larry & Sue Kaufman of Crestline.
His parents Howard and Elizabeth (McClurg) Kaufman are deceased.
The Kaufman family will receive friends Friday, March 1, 2013 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where his funeral service will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Craig Hamm will officiate. Burial will follow in Mansfield Memorial Park, where American Legion Post #535 will hold graveside military honors.
Memorial contributions to James Cancer Hospital may be made at the funeral home.
Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Kaufman family, and private condolences to them may be made online at: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com