Warren R. Koseff

Died: Sun., Apr. 26, 2020


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Warren (Renny) Koseff, longtime Beach Haven resident and local business owner, died peacefully at his home surrounded by family on Sunday April 26th after a lengthy battle with cancer.  He was 74 years old. 

Born on August 17th, 1945 in Philadelphia, PA, he lived in Beach Haven for 55 years before moving to Sweetwater, NJ.   His family was well-known on Long Beach Island as owners of Koseff’s Department Store, Koseff’s Surf Shop, and later, Pier 18 Mall and Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream.  He was also involved in the Scuba Diving industry as a store owner, instructor, boat captain, and manufacturer’s representative.

He attended Monmouth University, was in the Air National Guard, activated in 1966 and served in Korea, where he was on the Fire Rescue Squad.  He was a lifetime member of the Beach Haven Volunteer Fire Company and served as Chief in 1974. He served as Beach Haven Police Commissioner from 1991-1994 and was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Beach Haven and the Royal Order of Jesters. 

His happiest times were being with friends and family, cooking, fishing, skiing and scuba diving.  He will be remembered as a warm and generous human being who taught us all that it is better to give than receive.

Renny is predeceased by his parents Benjamin Koseff and Irene (Cohen) Koseff and brother Ernest Koseff, brothers-in-law Mark Uhland and Robert Uhland.  He is survived by loving wife Helene (Uhland), children Stefanie Koseff (Manuel Sander) of Brooklyn NY, Zachary Koseff of New York City, Joseph Ayers of Gallaway and James Ayers of Holgate, and grandsons Desmond and Lucien Sander.  In addition, he is survived by sister-in-law Barbara Lubliner of Lakeworth, Fla., brother-in-law Joseph (Paula) Uhland of Hainesport, sister-in-law Jane Cudnick (Stan) of Ship Bottom, brother-in-law David (Deborah) of Villas, sister-in-law Teri Uhland of Manahawkin, and many loving nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Cremation will be held privately with a memorial service at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Beach Haven Volunteer Fire Company.

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Jennifer Bednarek Garvey
   Posted Mon April 27, 2020
Our Thoughts and Prayers are with your Family!
Sincerely, Jennifer and the entire Bednarek Family

Charles and Ruth Bowden
   Posted Tue April 28, 2020
Dear Helene,
We were so sorry to read about Renny's death. He was a kind and wonderful person. We are happy to have known him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Be safe, and know that we care. Charlie and Ruth Bowden

Henry Weiss
   Posted Tue April 28, 2020
I was saddened to learn of Renny's passing. Although I'm not known to his family, I spent 5 years of my life knowing this wonderful person - we were both in the NJ Air National Guard, in the late 60's, as members of the Fire/Crach Rescue Division. We served almost a year and a half together in South Korea as well.
Renny was a friend to all, a cheerful, pleasant and well-liked compadre to the entire unit. After our time in the service we sort of drifted towards our own paths but the camaraderie we shared was always in my thoughts.
My deepest condolences to the entire family - your Renny was a wonderful cheerful and exceptional person. May his memory be a blessing to you all, and may he rest in peace.

Frank and Cathy lecklikner
   Posted Tue April 28, 2020
Frank and I are saddened to hear the passing of Renny. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and you family. God bless.

Jill Pharo
   Posted Tue April 28, 2020
So very sorry to hear of Renny's passing. I have many fond memories of all the family's businesses. It was a pleasure to work with him when he was a Beach Haven Commissioner and, indeed, he was unfailingly pleasant whenever we met. I hope you find comfort in many happy memories. He will certainly be remembered as part of our unique Beach Haven community.

Sincerely, Jill Pharo

Peter Genuardi
   Posted Tue April 28, 2020
Helene and family, I am so sorry to hear of Renny's passing. He was always kind to me, despite the crazy things I got my younger self into. I'll keep him and you and all fo the folks he touched in his life in my prayers.

Barbara Delnero
   Posted Wed April 29, 2020
Deepest sympathy and prayers to you, Helene, and your family.

Daniel Smith
   Posted Wed April 29, 2020
Helene and Family, I am deeply saddened for your loss. Thank you for such great memories with you guys. You and Renny taught me hard-work, patience, and to treat others with kindness. I always think of Krinkles, Ben & Jerrys and the good times. Sending a Hug and Thanks to you and Renny.

Deb Aker
   Posted Fri May 01, 2020
Dear Helene, Steve and I are so sorry to hear of Renny’s passing. He and Steve were friends throughout high school and shared a lot of fun times. Renny and I were neighbors in Beach Haven, and waited for the high school bus every early morning in my parents’ florist shop at 8th and Bay. We both enjoyed his friendship and we’re so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you. Love, Deb and Steve


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