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Funeral Details

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Dec

Funeral Details


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George J. Kerman


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OBITUARY

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


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My relationship with George was from Camp Ojibwa since 1960. Although he was 6 years older than me, he was always a presence during my summers because he was so likeable, happy, with a great sense of humor. Everybody loved George. He was my senior counselor in 1967 and my favorite. His musical knowledge and abilities were impressive and inspirational. Although we lost touch after my last year at Ojibwa, he found me after almost 50 years to inform me of the 90th year Camp Ojibwa reunion. It was great hearing from him and he was responsible I reconnected with old camp friends again after almost 50 years which was such a great thing for me. I was lucky to see him when I was in Chicago in 2019 and we had a wonderful visit along with other camp friends. Jovial, friendly, funny, and in good health. His sudden decline in health and passing was a shock and very sad. A model positive human being that everyone should try to be. Rest in Peace George.

Rory Minck
November 29, 2021
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