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Geoffrey Kamin (August 26, 1950-April 21, 2021)


Geoffrey D. Kamin of Bannockburn, IL passed away peacefully on April 21st, 2021 after a short illness.

Son of George & Virginia (nee Rusch) Kamin, Geoff was born on August 26th,1950 in Madison, Wisconsin.

In his 70 years of life, Geoff was known to fill his time with great adventures and travel, a lifestyle afforded to him as a result of hard-work, dedication, and a long successful career in sales.

Trips to Africa, Greece, Italy, Canada, Thailand, Spain, and more highlight a lifetime full of memories made with both friends and family. Whether he was enjoying the local cuisine, camping out near the perfect fishing spot, or exploring the land, Geoff was one to fully embrace the moment and submerge himself in the culture surrounding him. In his retirement, he enjoyed trips to Key West that gradually grew longer as Chicago winters grew colder.

Geoff was an avid tennis player, and more recently a pickle-ball player, with many friendships built (and threatened) by his devastating forehand. But it was the moments spent with friends before and after stepping on the court where Geoff truly shined.

An ultimate and most gracious host, Geoff always believed that with good appetizers, good wine, good music and good company, truly nothing else mattered. He was the life of the party, always made you fill your plate before he did, enjoyed talking to anyone about anything, and found great honor in being the one to count on for a good prank.

Geoff found great joy in both cooking and dining out, often planning meals days and weeks in advance. A great source of excitement in his retirement was his quest for the perfect cheeseburger, which the record will show to be his re-creation of Au Cheval’s famed dish.

Geoff spent 44 years married to the love of his life, Julie, and in that time they traveled the world, spent countless evenings with friends, and built beautiful lives in Evanston, Riverwoods and Bannockburn. But Geoff’s proudest achievement and honor was being the father to his beloved daughter Mackenzie. From daddy-daughter time on Saturdays, to being her coach and number one fan; from visiting her at college (conveniently when Dayton basketball had a game), to walking her down the aisle in August of 2019, Geoff found no greater joy than time spent with his little Pooh bear.

Though an only child, Mackenzie had stiff competition from her four-legged siblings, as Geoff had an undying love for his dogs, Gypsy, Cody, Scout, Molly, Roxie and grand-dog Lincoln.

Geoff is survived by his wife Julie (nee Yaney), his daughter Mackenzie (Trevor) Rohn, siblings Leslie Kamin, Brad (Lynne) Kamin, Glenn Kamin, Laura (Ted) Flis, nieces, nephews, and many cherished friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations to The Greater Chicagoland Food Pantry or Orphans of the Storm would be greatly appreciated

A visitation will be held on Saturday, May 1, 2021 from 9am – 12pm at Kelley and Spalding Funeral Home, 1787 Deerfield Rd, Highland Park, IL 60035. A reservation is required to attend the visitation, please click on the following link and pick a time to pay your respects. For info or directions please contact Kelley & Spalding Funeral Home at 847-831-4260.

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Due to COVID-19 Pandemic, Kelley & Spalding Funeral Home is dedicated to follow the guidelines from the Centers For Disease Control (CDC) to prevent the unintentional spread of germs. There will be a limit of 25 people in the building at a time, we ask that you extend your sympathies to the family and not remain in the building, allowing others who will be waiting to also pay their respects.

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-Face mask required
-Requiring anyone exhibiting symptoms of illness to stay at home
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