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Ross Garfinkel
Goldman Funeral Group - Buffalo Grove Chapel
195 North Buffalo Grove Road
Buffalo Grove, IL
Ross Garfinkel, age 28, was the loving and loved son of Donna (nee Harris) and Glenn Garfinkel and the adored brother of Marni Garfinkel. He was the grandson of Roberta Garfinkel Nagel, the late Marvin Garfinkel, the late Robert Nagel, and the late Marilynne and the late Stuart Harris, the nephew of Jeffrey Harris, Michael and Lori Harris, and Scott Garfinkel, and the cousin of Maya, Jada and Josie Harris.

Ross was a graduate of Glenbrook High School, received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois and a Master's in Real Estate from DePaul University. During his time at the University of Illinois, Ross's leadership and wit shone brightly in his role as President of Sammy's fraternity. Following graduation, he developed a real passion as a real estate broker with CBRE where he was a proud member of a great team. Anyone he encountered instantly was taken in by his charm, smile and humor. He was a dedicated and loyal friend to so many, particularly with several of his closest friends who he first met in pre-school. The quality and depth of his friendships speak volumes to the true nature of his strong character, with close friendships remaining throughout his time at Camp Tel Noar, to the fast and firm bonds he developed in college with members of his pledge class, who he truly loved as brothers.

He was a joy to be around and will be missed so very much by all who knew him in his all too short life.

The graveside service and shiva will be private. The service will be livestreamed on Sunday, 12:30 p.m. CST at Under Recent Services, click onto Ross's photograph and scroll down to Service Details to view the service. The livestream will be up approximately 15 minutes prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers (and food) please make donations to The ARK ( or a charity that has meaning to you. Info: The Goldman Funeral Group (847) 478-1600.

Published by Chicago Tribune on Oct. 24, 2020.
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Tonia Rodriguez
November 17, 2020
Martha Silberman
November 16, 2020
Tracy Robinson
November 6, 2020
Nicholas Korn
November 2, 2020
Donna and Glenn,

I am so very sorry to hear this devastating news. I struggle to find the right words, I hope that your loving memories with Ross can provide you with the comfort you need. Sending so much love and hopes that his memory may be for a blessing
Nancy Englebert
October 29, 2020
Ross was always someone who made his presence felt even when he wasn't saying anything. He was friendly, caring, and cool. He excelled at everything he did and led by example.

Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends
October 29, 2020
I don't know what to say or how to say it... there are no words. Be well, stay strong.
Don Luster
October 28, 2020
May his memory be a blessing. Our deepest condolences.
Laura Immergluck
October 26, 2020
Glenn, Donna and Marni, we just heard this sad news. Words fail to express the heaviness of our hearts and thoughts for your family. Even though we only had a short time with you while you lived in CT, it was enough to see Ross was a force to be reconned with. There was never a dull moment when he was around.
Ginny & Doug Imri
October 25, 2020
Glenn and Donna, I am simply heartbroken by your loss. There are no words and I simply cannot imagine what you are going through. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Larry Stern
October 24, 2020
Glenn, Donna & Marni,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May his memory be a blessing.

Jeff Schreiber
Jeffrey Schreiber
October 24, 2020
Ross was a wonderful person. I always felt like he was part of our family. Jonny always loved Ross like a brother. Ross was the definition of a mensch! I will always treasure the times Jonny and Ross shared together. May he rest in peace. Love David Bulwa.
David Bulwa
October 24, 2020
Ross was one of the many boys i watched grow up.I will always remember his contagious smile. I’m heartbroken and beyond sorry for your loss he will be greatly missed
Tracy Robinson
October 23, 2020
Jay Heller
October 23, 2020
So so sorry for this terrible loss! Our hearts go out to all of you!
Lori Heller
October 23, 2020
Ross was magnetic. He made this world a happier and better place for those around him. RIP brother.
October 23, 2020
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