Obituary: Garrett Kaufman

Obituary: Garrett Kaufman

At age 32, he had been a chef in restaurants and resorts, at major gold tournaments, and for celebrities.

Garrett Benjamin Kaufman, age 32, of Atlanta passed away unexpectedly Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, and will always be remembered as a son, brother and friend with a kind heart, sweet soul and fun-loving nature.

Truly, he was one of those people everyone enjoyed being around. With a penchant for providing hospitality to others, Garrett spent most of his professional life as a chef, which allowed him the opportunity to serve some of the country’s finest restaurants and communities. Whether at Atlanta’s own Pricci, at the St. Regis Hotel in Aspen, with the leading caterers in Charleston, or even as a personal chef to Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell, Garrett was most at home in the kitchen and used his creativity and empathy to ensure others had memorable and enjoyable dining experiences.

Garrett Kaufman

Golf was one of Garrett’s favorite pastimes, and he considered himself fortunate that he was able to combine his personal and professional passions by lending his cooking talents to the world of professional golf. He counted the U.S. Open and PGA Championship as two of the favorite events he catered. Animals were another of Garrett’s great passions, and he genuinely felt that his dogs were man’s best friends.

Garrett is survived by his mother and her husband, Wendi and Tom Lowry; sister Michelle Vizurraga and her husband, David; sister Lauren Kaufman; grandmother Mildred (Mili) Katz; and grandfather Richard Katz and his wife, Jean. He was predeceased by his father, Richard Louis Kaufman; a grandfather, George Kaufman; and a grandmother, Shirley Kaufman-Birnbrey.

Sign the online guestbook at Graveside services were held Wednesday, Nov. 22, at Crest Lawn Memorial Park with Rabbi Eliyahu Schusterman officiating. Those wishing to make contributions may do so in Garrett’s honor to City of Hope, 1500 E. Duarte Road, Duarte, CA 91010,, or to the Atlanta Humane Society, 981 Howell Mill Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30318, Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.

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