Kaufman, William Hutton

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Kaufman, William Hutton

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  • Kaufman, Bill

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1920-2005

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William "Bill" Hutton Kaufman was a third-generation businessman, philanthropist and community volunteer in Kitchener, Ontario. He was born on March 19, 1920 to Alvin ("A.R.") Kaufman and Jane Helen "Jean" Hutton in Kitchener, Ontario. He received his education in Kitchener and at the University of Toronto. He served as an RCAF flying instructor during WWII, and after the war ran Kaufman Furniture in Collingwood, Ontario. He succeeded his father as president of Kaufman Rubber Co. Ltd. (later renamed Kaufman Footwear) in 1964, after having worked in the company since 1952. In 1973 he again succeeded his father, this time as Chairman of the Board. In 1979 several companies were amalgamated to form William H. Kaufman Inc. William H. Kaufman stepped down as president in 1986 but remained as Board Chairman.

William H. Kaufman followed the example of his father and grandfather in his service to the community. In 1955 he became a member of the Kitchener-Waterloo Hospital Commission and in 1974 became the Chairman on the Waterloo Region District Health Council, serving for 35 years until 1990. The YMCA also benefited from his participation for more than 35 years: in 1954 he became a board member, served as president from 1978 to 1981, helped fund the A.R. Kaufman YMCA in 1982 and was named Honourary President in 1983. In 1996 he activated The William H. Kaufman Charitable Foundation to fund innovative projects worldwide in the areas of education, health, environment, and others.

William H. Kaufman's philanthropic and volunteer work earned him many awards, among them the Canada National Health and Welfare Volunteer Award (1986), National YMCA Council Fellowship of Honour (1983), Canadian Red Cross Society Distinguished Service Award (1987).

William H. Kaufman married Sarah Kathleen Kaufman on November 22, 1947. Together they had four children: David, Sally, Tom, and Elizabeth. They divorced in 1965. He was married for a second time on May 12, 1968 to Margaret "Peg" Isabelle Forbes.

William H. Kaufman died on October 8, 2005 and was buried at Woodland Cemetery.

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Kaufman Family

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Kaufman, A. R. (Alvin Ratz) (1885-1979)

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Kaufman, A. R. (Alvin Ratz)

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Kaufman, William Hutton

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1920-1979

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Kaufman, Jean Helen (1886-1971)

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Kaufman, Jean Helen

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Kaufman, William Hutton

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Sandwell, Helen Mary (1915-?)

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Sandwell, Helen Mary

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Kaufman, William Hutton

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Koetsier, Jean

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Koetsier, Jean

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Kaufman, William Hutton

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Forbes, Peg (1924-2016)

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Forbes, Peg

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Kaufman, William Hutton

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1968-2005

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Revised by NM in 2021.
Revised September 2021 by DR.

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