Chick Kaufman

by | Oct 2, 2015 | Obituaries

Virginia Beach —Chick Kaufman passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, September 10, 2015.

Chick was born September 30, 1927 in Norfolk, Va. He is pre-deceased by his parents, Doris Broh and Charles “Chuck” Kaufman, his sister Barbara Rosenwald, and his brother, George Kaufman.

Chick attended Blair Junior High School, Stanton Military Academy, University of Michigan and Harvard Law School. Chick served in the U.S. Army at the end of World War II stationed in Korea as a communications officer and radio jockey. Chick was married to Carol Lampl for 58 wonderful years who pre-deceased him in 2011. Throughout their lives, Chick and Carol were most charitable to friends and to the local Hampton Roads community at large. Chick practiced law briefly with Kaufman Obendorfer before turning to his professional passion of business and investments, which he was actively engaged until his final days. Chick worked for Southern Materials and served on its board prior to establishing Kaufman Brothers, an investment brokerage firm, with his late brother, George.

Chick served on community and corporate boards, including serving as chairman of Cenit Bank. After selling Kaufman Brothers at age 50, Captain Chick with his first mate, Carol, enjoyed many years of incredible friends and often while happily navigating the Chesapeake Bay and Intracoastal Waterway. Despite his accomplishments, Chick was a humble man who lived life simply, fully and generously. Above all, Chick was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend.

He is survived by two children, Carolyn Kaufman of Chattanooga and Virginia Beach, David Kaufman of Virginia Beach; daughter-in-law, Kay Darby Kaufman; brother-in-law, Steve Lampl of Waynesville, N.C., his wife Sandy; sister-in-law Linda Hofheimer Kaufman (George); four grandchildren: Erika Kaufman Powell Yost (Andy); Jack Kaufman Powell; Carl Darby Kaufman and Kara Darby Kaufman, and nieces and nephews.

A graveside memorial service to honor the life of Chick Kaufman was held at Forest Lawn Cemetery. Rabbi Rosalin Mandelberg officiated. In memory of Chick Kaufman and his generosity, the family invites you to contribute to a charity of the donor’s choice. H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts. Online condolences may be sent to the family at