George J. Kerman
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George J. Kerman, age 76, passed away at home on November 26, 2021 with his cherished family by his side; after a lengthy and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. George was the very beloved husband of 51 years and best friend of Barbara nee Elliott. Devoted and loving father of Paula Julie Dobrin (Dr. Dennis Dobrin). Adoring Grampa/GG to Deena and Joshua Dobrin. Son of the late Max and the late Bea Kerman. Brother of Bernard (Iris) Kerman, the late Allan Kerman and the late Sharon Kerman. Brother in law of the late Larry Elliott. Uncle of Jay Elliott, Susan Savage and Bonnie Kerman. He was born in Chicago on April 18, 1945. Graduated from O'Keeffe Grammar School, Chicago; from South Shore High School (TARS) in January 1963 and from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa in 1967. He was a long-time devoted fan both attending and watching all the basketball and football games at Stevenson High School-Patriots, his Drake Bulldogs, Chicago White Sox, Bears, Blackhawks and Illini. A big and treasured part of George's life was his many years spent at Camp OJIBWA in Eagle River, Wisconsin. Starting as a camper at 11 years old in 1956, counselor, elected Chief in 1961. Spending great decades of the annual "Old Timers" weekend, there with his life-long camp friends. The past few years watching his grandson enjoying camp, like he always has, was wonderful for both of them. George loved music and was a drummer in a band during high school. He listened (and saw) lots of favorites: Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, Elvis, Beach Boys, Bobby Darin, Mel Torme, Ricky Nelson, Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich. He attended South Side Hebrew Congregation in Chicago and later B'nai Tikvah in Deerfield. Over the years his management positions were at a food-service distributor to airlines; at John B. Sanfilippo & Son and Stamar Packaging. George's great humor, tenderness & being such a kind, warm and likeable man touched so many throughout the years. He was a genuine and wonderful man. Our plentiful loving memories will help sustain our family from the heartbreaking loss, too soon, of our dearest George. May he rest in peace and know we will all someday be together again forever. Private graveside service Tuesday 12PM at Westlawn Cemetery, 7801 W. Montrose, Norridge (Eastlake Section) In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to charity of your choice. To attend the funeral live stream, please visit our website. Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals - Buffalo Grove Chapel, 847.229.8822, www.cjfinfo.com


Published by Chicago Tribune on Nov. 29, 2021.
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How I loved this man!!!!
Howie Miller
Friend
December 9, 2021
Barbara and family, I just heard about the passing of George and my mind is a circle of memories of our college days as roommates. You and your family have my deepest condolences and thoughts. What great times we had!! I thought of him today and several times this past week...dick
Richard Allbee
December 5, 2021
Dear Barbara and family, I was so sorry to hear of your beloved husband's death. He sounded like a most wonderful man and lived such a full life. I know what a valiant fight he must have made against the same dread disease which my sister died from. I can always remember what good friends you were through all those years at O'Keefe. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Linda Epstein Scott
Family
December 1, 2021
My sincerest condolences to the Kerman family. George has and will always have a special place in my heart. As far back as I can remember, George took me under his wing , first at Ojibwa, then at South Shore. He was an awesome mentor for me as I observed his positive and enthusiastic zest for life that couldn't help but rub off on me. George, and Bernie, too, touched so many . RIP, my good friend. Marc Liberman , fellow Tar,PAL, and Ojibwite.
Marc Liberman
November 30, 2021
George will be missed. Our first impression of George was how nice he was. He never had a bad thing to say. One memory we have of George was watching him take walks with Paula. When they went on their walks it looked like the rest of the world fell away and it was just the two of them enjoying each other´s company. It was so sweet to see.
Phil and Denise Dixon
November 30, 2021
George will be missed. Back to when I started Camp Ojibwa in 1984 the whole Camp would always look forward to the arrival of the Old-Timers for a few days. When I was only 10 years old at Camp, George would talk to me as he knew my dad and over the years (37 of them!) we became friends. I always looked forward to seeing George - his smile and his kind demeanor. He was always so friendly, kind and authentic. I was lucky to know him and fortunate to have met Paula and his grandson, Josh, because of him. I'm thinking of you all at this difficult time. Adam
Adam Boehm
Friend
November 29, 2021
George was a terrific neighbor and friend for 40 years. He was an amazing guy who was always positive, always ready to share a joke, talk sports, support our children, and support me with his friendship when tragedy struck my life. He truly knew how to conduct his life with grace. Barb, Paula, Dennis, Deena and Joshua my deepest sympathy for your loss. We all were blessed to have George in our lives.
Edward Krippes
Friend
November 29, 2021
Dear Bernie and family, Sorry to read about your brother's passing. I didn't realize that George and probably you and other sibs graduated from O'Keefe grammar school. SSHS I knew. Ulfur and I send our sympathies. Carol
Carol Thors
November 29, 2021
I worked with George at Sanfilippo for many years. We kept in touch after he left and I always enjoyed hearing from him. We laughed everyday together and I have such great memories of him. My deepest condolences to the family that he loved so much.
LORI MELEGOS
Work
November 29, 2021
I met George in the food business. We had lunch often and enjoyed going to White Sox games together. He was a real mensch. My condolences to his family
Martin Raisman
November 29, 2021
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