Steven Kushner
1957 - 2020
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Steven Kushner, of Granby, CT, beloved husband and father, passed away at home on Saturday, September 26, 2020 with his loving wife and sons by his side. Steven was born on April 28, 1957 to Stanley and Lillian Kushner. He grew up in Randolph, MA and went on to attend the University of Massachusetts/Amherst where he received his BS in Natural Resource Studies and MA in Regional Planning. For most of his career, he worked as the Director of Planning and Community Development for the Town of Avon, CT. He guided Avon's growth over a period of 26 years and was highly respected by commission members, colleagues, and the public. He retired in 2016. Steven was loving, kind, patient, generous and fair-minded with an adventurous spirit. He was devoted to and adored his family and was tremendously proud of his sons. He had a keen appreciation of nature and the outdoors: camping, hiking, fishing, boating, cross-country skiing, rockhounding. He shared these passions with his family. Some of the fondest memories from family vacations include trips to National Parks and rockhounding adventures, especially in Utah, Wyoming and Herkimer, NY. Steven and his wife, Helaine, fell in love with Lake George and camped there for many years before realizing their dream of owning a home in the area and spending summers at the lake. Time spent with family and friends at the lake was priceless. Left to cherish his memory forever are his beloved wife, Helaine (Smith-Kushner); his sons, Jason Kushner of Glastonbury, CT and Zachary Kushner of Longmeadow, MA; his mother, Lillian Kushner of Randolph, MA; brothers, Michael Kushner of Morristown, NJ and Richard Kushner of Jacksonville, FL; his mother-in-law, Joan Smith of Avon, CT; and other dear family members and friends. Steven, we love you like crazy. You are the best husband and father ever. May your memory be a source of strength and a blessing. Funeral services will be private. The family will observe a private period of mourning. Burial will be at Beth Hillel Memorial Cemetery in East Granby with Rabbi Philip Lazowski officiating. Donations in Steven's memory may be made to The Farmington Valley VNA/Hospice, 8 Old Mill Lane, Simsbury, CT 06070 or The US Holocaust Museum, P.O. Box 1568, Merrifield, VA 22116. Funeral arrangements provided by Hebrew Funeral Association, Inc, West Hartford.

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Published in Hartford Courant on Sep. 30, 2020.
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January 2, 2021
Just heard from Shelly. So sorry for your loss. Regards to you and your family. Its been a while. Forever in our prayers. Love Rob & Margie
rob kushner
Family
October 23, 2020
Our thoughts and love go to Helaine, Jason and Zach on the loss of a great husband, father and person. We miss our dear friend.
Love Ina and Jack
Ina Forman
Friend
October 6, 2020
To Steve’s family: Please accept my deepest sympathy. I worked with him many years ago and always had the deepest respect for him, his high standards, sense of fairness and integrity. - Ami Belsky
Ami Belsky
Coworker
October 4, 2020
I am so very sorry for your loss. Although I recall having met Mr. Kushner briefly a few times, I know he had to be a very special man due to the fine qualities exhibited by his two terrific sons, Jason and Zach. My deepest sympathy to Mrs. Kushner, Jason, Zach and the entire Kushner family.
Chris Saunders
Teacher
October 1, 2020
My deepest condolences to the Kushner Family. I am sure you know, Steve was a guiding light in Avon! Through his wisdom, foresight, balance, and ability to find clear consensus, Avon grew, and will continue to grow, based on Steve’s basic plans. As Council Chair I found Steve’s steadfast advice and friendship invaluable. He will be really missed.
Mark Zacchio
Friend
September 30, 2020
What a lovely, smart & kind man. He will be deeply missed by not only his family, but all who were lucky enough to know him. God bless.
Marilyn Stockton
Marilyn Stockton
Friend
September 30, 2020
Dear Helaine and all loved ones, I extend to each of you my sincere condolences. Steve was a terrific and creatively smart planner for the Town of Avon. Remembering now, I would have questions, as ‘what if ‘,,or ‘can we’, for the Town, patient he was, never making me uncomfortable, always kind in every way. And look at Avon today, so wonderful and well designed. Simply said, I respected him and loved his creativity, kindness and goodness.
May he Rest In Peace up in the heavens.
Sally Dengenis
Friend
September 30, 2020
Dear Helaine, Jason and Zachary, I am heartbroken and so sad for all of you. I am glad I got to meet your amazing, kind, lovely, and funny husband and father last year. Know you are in my heart and thoughts during this very difficult time. May Steven's memory be a blessings. Love, your cousin, Sue
Sue Shenkman
Friend
September 30, 2020
I am heartbroken for my best childhood friend, Helaine, and their sons. Steven was a wonderful husband and father, and I am grateful to him for making my friend so happy for so many years. His memory will truly be for a blessing.
I love you, Helga. We will all take care of her, Sven. Xox
Holly Lebed
Friend
September 30, 2020
I am heartbroken for my best childhood friend, Helaine, and their sons. Steven was a wonderful husband and father, and I am grateful to him for making my friend so happy for so many years. His memory will truly be for a blessing.
I love you, Helga. We will all take care of her, Sven. Xox
Holly Lebed
Friend
September 30, 2020
I am heartbroken for my best childhood friend, Helaine, and their sons. Steven was a wonderful husband and father, and I am grateful to him for making my friend so happy for so many years. His memory will truly be for a blessing.

I love you, Helga. We will all take care of her, Sven. Xox
Holly Lebed
Friend
September 30, 2020
To his Family:
Steve was a wonderful person. I worked for Steve on many Town projects over the years. We developed the ornamental light together that is now appearing in the older part of Town. We became very good friends. I truly loved him as the outstanding person he was. He was the most kind and honest person I ever worked with. He will be greatly missed.

Dean Johnson
Dean A. Johnson
Coworker
September 30, 2020
Helaine, Jason and Zachary
Sending our sincere condolences. May Steven’s memory be a blessing.
Cindy and Joe Cohen
Cindy Cohen
Friend
September 30, 2020
Family of Steven,

Our most sincere condolences on your loss of Steve....our thoughts and prayers are with you today and in the coming days. We have many fond memories of Steve....a great human and gentleman. Peace be with you...

The Olson Family
Dave Olson
Friend
September 30, 2020
I am very sorry for the family's loss of Steven. I am a Landscape Architect with the privilege of discussing and presenting many development projects to Steven for most of his years as Director of Planning and Community Development for the Town of Avon, CT. He was always well informed and helpful and offered positive critique and advice to improve the project for both the Town's and Applicant's interests. He also had a determined and gentle way of nudging one (along with a good sense of fairness and humor) with his suggestions to enhance a project's chances for approval. I fondly remember him as one of the best Town Planner's in the State.
Jeffrey A. Gebrian
Coworker
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