Laurence Donald Kaufman, age 56, of Newton, died unexpectedly, December 21, 2009.
Born in Glencove, New York on August 6, 1953, Laurence was the dear son of the late Stanley L. and Trudy A. (Lapidus) Kaufman.
Larry grew up in Sharon, MA and in Connecticut but for the most part he was a Sharon boy. He graduated from Boston State, now UMass Boston.
Larry was a man of many talents and much ambition. He was a cabby in Boston for many years mostly in the “Southie” area. Larry built and managed a Dial-A-Pizza in Somerville, which is still going strong after 15 years. Larry often talked of the many people he met through the pizza store and the celebrities that would stop in or that he would deliver to, mentioning that he once delivered to Roger Clemens. Larry was very visible in the Somerville Community, he would strike up conversations with people that you would never expect him to from celebrities or powerful politicians to his customers at the pizza shop or the homeless in and around Somerville, they all knew Larry by name.
An entrepreneur at heart, Larry also owned convenience stores in Malden and Somerville, he had a successful restaurant in Provincetown, a college bar in Plymouth, NH, and an Ice Cream Stand in Bristol, NH on Newfound Lake, and property in Medford and the South End of Boston.
He loved politics and worked on different campaigns, he also knew Barney Frank personally and often spoke of their conversations.
Larry also liked to travel spending several months traveling to Israel and Europe.
Larry was good to everyone, it didn’t matter who they were, and he had a personality that was infectious and powerful, you were either infuriated with him or he made you laugh so hard. He was always doing for others and was very kind to those less fortunate. His soul made him unforgettable and unique, he will be greatly missed.
Larry is survived by his husband Jose A. Ortiz of Newton and his brother Stephen Kaufman and his family of Lurey, VA, as well many friends.
Memorial donations in Larry’s name may be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701, the M.S.P.C.A. , c/o Development Office, 350 South Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130, or to a Charity of One’s Choice.
A Memorial Service will be set for a later date.