Leo Kaufman, 86


CRANSTON – Leo Kaufman died January 9 at Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center in Providence. Born in Providence, a son of the late Morris and Gertrude (Broomfield) Kaufman, he had lived in Warwick, then Florida for 41 years, before moving to Cranston in 2009.

He served as a Navy Seabee during WW-II, stationed in Okinawa and China, and was a member of the Seabee Veterans of America. On September 28, 2013, he was among the largest contingent of veterans to be flown on The Honor Flight Network to Washington, D.C., to see the WWII Memorial.

He is survived by his daughter, Meredith Kaufman Ricci, his grandsons, David G. and Michael J. Ricci, his son-in-law, John M. Ricci, his brother, Melvin Kaufman, his sister-in-law, Francine Kaufman and many nieces and nephews.  He was pre-deceased by his seven siblings.

Contributions may be made to Seabee Veterans of America, 189 School Street, North Kingstown, RI 02852 or the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.