Jim Katoff – Eulogy

6 thoughts on “Jim Katoff – Eulogy”

  1. This is such a beautiful tribute to your dad. I worked with Jim at Premins and was so so sad to hear about his passing. He had such an infectious and fun personality, and I am so sorry for your loss. Jim is very much in all of our thoughts and prayers and we will all miss him!

  2. Deborah Mark November 2, 2011

    You probably don’t know me, but I grew up with your Dad and Lynn on the LynJim and my Dad’s boat. Our parents became friends at the Temple and soon Lynn was my babysitter. She tought me how to smoke, and we did so out the front window of our house! My favorite memory of your Dad was the time Roy and Jan and my parents Amy and Jack took the boats out. We were off Jones Beach somewhere when the parents tied lines around our waists and tossed us over the side to go swimming. Meanwhile there were all these other boats coming toward us yelling to go back to shore. We didn’t find out until later that there was a shark alert and our parents used us for shark bait!
    I am deeply saddened to learn of your Father’s passing. I bumped into him and Caryl about 8 years ago. It was so good to see him at the time.

    He was taken way too soon. He is in my thoughts and prayers.

    1. Thank you for reading and posting a comment, Deborah. I’m not sure if we have met, but I do remember your father, Jack Mark, very well. He was at my Bar Mitzvah and a dear, dear friend of my grandfathers. If I remember correctly, he blew the shofar at Temple Gates on the High Holidays, right? I have a vivid recollection of seeing this on Rosh Hashanah as a child. Are you also related to Roger Blumenstock? I believe he was Jack’s grandson. I grew up with Roger.

  3. Chad,
    I am Roger’s aunt! He is doing well and is married and living in Queens.
    Thank you for remembering my Father also. Yes he blew the shofar at Temple for many years. He passed away almost 2 years ago. My Mom is still alive and I take care of her. Is your grandmother Jan still alive? Also, how is Lynn? Please pass on my deepest condolences as well. I also remember you and your brother when you were small children, but I doubt you would remember me.
    Again, I am so sad about your Dad. He was one of the good guys.

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