Northeast Times

U. Holmesburg recalls legacy of Paul Kauffman

The Up­per Holmes­burg Civic As­so­ci­ation paid trib­ute to a re­cently de­ceased board mem­ber dur­ing the civic group’s monthly gen­er­al meet­ing on Sept. 15.

As re­por­ted in the Sept. 1 edi­tions of the North­east Times, 78-year-old Paul Kauff­man died of nat­ur­al causes on Aug. 22. He was a found­ing board mem­ber of the UHCA, as well as a lead­ing ad­voc­ate for, and vo­lun­teer care­taker of, the Trum­bette Play­ground at Tor­res­dale Av­en­ue and Tol­but Street.

“Paul loved kids, and everything he wanted to do was for kids. And he loved the com­munity and (worked for) it as long as he could,” said Bob Hall, a fel­low UHCA board mem­ber and close friend of Kauff­man’s.

When the long-idle civic as­so­ci­ation re-formed about sev­en years ago, Kauff­man was one of the early mem­bers and took a lead­er­ship role. He and Hall met civic lead­ers from oth­er areas of the North­east to ob­serve their or­gan­iz­a­tions and pro­mote solid­ar­ity among the neigh­bor­hoods.

“We traveled around to many civic as­so­ci­ations,” Hall said.

Fred Moore, pres­id­ent of the Holmes­burg Civic As­so­ci­ation, said he first met Kauff­man in the early 1970s when they worked for the same com­pany — Moore as a shop su­per­visor and Kauff­man as a main­ten­ance man.

They spoke a lot then and, after many years apart, re­united through their com­mon in­terest in com­munity ser­vice.

“He showed up with a smile on his face and love in his heart, and he meant it. He was not fake at all,” Moore said. “He just brightened the room, and you wanted to work for him and help him out.”

Stan Cy­w­in­ski, pres­id­ent of the UHCA, said the civic group had re­ceived 14 dona­tions on Kauff­man’s be­half and at his re­quest. Be­fore his death, Kauff­man had in­struc­ted his fam­ily to make the UHCA the be­ne­fi­ciary of any gifts.

“We’re grate­ful and we’re go­ing to work with some folks at Trum­bette Play­ground and maybe set up a me­mori­al mark­er,” Cy­w­in­ski said. ••

The next Up­per Holmes­burg Civic As­so­ci­ation meet­ing will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at St. Domin­ic’s Mari­an Hall, 8532 Frank­ford Ave.

Re­port­er Wil­li­am Kenny can be reached at 215-354-3031 or bkenny@bsmphilly.com

You can reach at wkenny@bsmphilly.com.

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