Sadly, our world has been darkened because we lost a dear friend and colleague, Hank Auffarth, 63, who died suddenly and shockingly while jogging along the beach on Monday, August 22. He may have been one of the most beloved persons I’ve ever met.
Most recently, Hank was a member of the Think Forward Financial (TFF) team responsible for marketing and business development. Prior to joining TFF, he worked at Citibank in the Commercial Markets Group for seven years and prior to Citibank was in the Middle Market Group at Chase, in various capacities, for 33 years.
He was a member of several civic and charitable organizations, including the The Child Center of NY and the Queens Chamber of Commerce.
My memory of Hank is his joyousness and kindness to me and his generosity to
He would never fail to say “You look sensational.” He would offer that handsome smile that, no matter my mood, would make me feel great. I, like him, am an upbeat person, but he reassured me and encouraged me with his positive energy that energized me more! He was a magnet that I wanted to be near to share his sunshine and his warmth and his intelligence. Such a rare combination of qualities all tied into one person. His loss has left a hole in my heart and I will always remember him.
Auffarth is survived by his loving wife Tisha, his children, Lana, and her husband Tom, Jason and Nicole, and ever dear in his heart, his grandchildren, Christine, Tommy, Kelly, Luke, Ryan, Olivia and Lara.
There will be a memorial service Tuesday, September 20, from 5 to 9 p.m. at Terrace on the Park, in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.
In memory of Auffarth, please remember him through a donation to The Child Center of New York, 60-02 Queens Boulevard Woodside, NY 11377 or childcenterny.org or Pet Rescue of Larchmont P.O. Box 393, Larchmont, NY 10538.
Friends share their memories of Hank:
Former Borough President
Hank was a very special guy. He was an expert on the work that he did for the bank, but he was also a wonderful party guy. He had a great way about him and he made everything look terrific. I’m a very prim and proper person, but when we had his 50th birthday party in
His death was such an unexpected thing. When I heard about it, I just kind of gasped. I’ll remember him for his spirit of always looking at the bright side of things – it was catching. He believed that if we’re having an event, we should make a party out of it. And he was a great dancer. He had a nice way about him and brought everybody along. No matter your problems, if you had a party with Hank, you really had a party.
Hank Auffarth was a dynamic financial profession who throughout his 40-year career spurred the start up and expansion of businesses in
Years ago I had a stroke. I was at
Hank was always the center of fun and a wonderful human being. I am devastated [at his passing]. He was such a wonderful humanitarian. He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. My heart goes out to his wife and kids. It is a tremendous loss for his family, friends and the entire borough of
New York Community Bank
I remember my first "rubber chicken" dinner. Hank pulls out this ugly rubber chicken from his pants pocket and says, "Let’s get this party started." I thought, “This guy is hysterical . . . what a personality . . . he is so happy.” He told me he loves frogs and has a frog collection
“WOW! He is funny,” I thought.
Always a smile . . . and always ready to go the extra mile.
The man that made me feel special.
A man that loved to dance and make "you" happy . . .
So unselfish . . .
He gave it his all . . .
I was so happy and lucky to have had him as a good friend.
“Hank from the bank,” as he was affectionately known, was a man who lit up a room when he entered. His enthusiasm for life was contagious and it seemed he knew everyone and everyone knew him.
Hank served on the Queens Chamber Board of Directors for over 40 years and most recently served as our Vice President. As the Chamber starting preparing for its 100-year anniversary, Hank took the lead, chairing the Centennial Committee and devoting countless hours towards its success.
We express our sincere sympathy to Hank’s beloved wife, Tish and the entire Auffarth family.
Dick Jay, Board President
Sandra Hagan, Executive Director
Child Center of NY
It is with a very heavy heart that we write this message to tell our friends of the sudden passing of Hank Auffarth, revered board member for 30 years, 13 as its President. While his professional accomplishments were within the banking industry, they paled in comparison to his charitable work with our agency. Hank was an extraordinary ambassador on behalf of the kids we serve and worked tirelessly to provide at-risk kids with the tools they need to succeed in life.
There is no way we can adequately fill the void and heal the sadness of this moment but to wish his wonderful family well and celebrate the thousands of people Hank touched and the hundreds of thousands of kids he impacted through his tireless work.