Kurt Kahofer of Wainscott died of natural causes on January 28, 2013 at the age of 80.
Mr. Kahofer was born and raised in Pernitz, Austria. Following World War II, he attended school for hotel and restaurant management in Wiener Neustadt. Upon completion of his studies he pursued his love of travel by working at various ski resorts in Austria, Switzerland, Italy and Germany, becoming fluent in five languages.
In 1959 he emigrated to the United States and was employed by Restaurant Associates in New York City. During the summer months he was a Maitre D’ at Herb McCarthy’s Bowden Square in Southampton while his family lived in Southampton Shores. He and his family settled in Maspeth, NY, and after 35 years of service at the ‘21’ Club in New York, retired to the East End of Long Island.
Among Mr. Kahofer’s many interests were oil painting, fishing and playing the violin, harmonica, squeeze box and piano. He was very handy and loved working on the upkeep of his house and property.
Mr. Kahofer is survived by his brother Karl of London, England, wife Mina of 54 years, children Lisa Cory of Wainscott, Kurt Eric of Southampton, Heidi Varucene of Water Mill, Amy Dalsimer of Moretown, Vermont and Karl of New York, New York; five grandchildren, Nicole, Karrin, Amanday, Cory and Cora; and two great grandchildren Isabella and Ava.
A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, March 16 at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Old Whalers’ Church, 44 Union Street, Sag Harbor. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Old Whalers’ Church or a charity of choice.