Deceased Information


    Doug Freedman

  • AGE



    Sunday, October 03, 2021 (Before Sunset)


    Tuesday, October 05, 2021


    3:30 PM




    Shiva will be observed Tuesday evening, October 5, via Zoom at this link:


    The passcode, if prompted, is aashiva

    Visitation will begin at 7:00 p.m. Services will begin at 7:30 p.m.


    • ❖ Charity of One's Choice

    • ❖ The Atlanta Humane Society

    • William Breman Jewish Home

      3150 Howell Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA 30327

    • ❖ The Carmel Foundation, which serves Senior citizens on the Monterey peninsula and is the charitable recipient of Concours On The Avenue.


    Feb 24, 1949 -- Oct 3, 2021
    "Doug" to his family and friends, he is survived by his wife and best friend, Genie, sister Robyn Freedman Gerson (Ed), sisters in-law Sharyl Jennaro and Marianne Jennaro, his Aunt Lois Blonder, Nieces Jane Jennaro Tomaro (Pete) and Ali Garfinkel (Marc), Nephew Justin Spizman (Jaime) Great Nephew Hudson Tomaro, Great Nieces Poppy Garfinkel, Dani Spizman and Bella Spizman and many cousins and longtime friends. He is predeceased by his parents Jack and Phyllis (Blonder) Freedman. Doug was born in Port Chester, New York but lived his entire life in Atlanta, raised in Buckhead. As an adult, Doug was a Home Builder and Real Estate Developer of apartments, condos and single family subdivisions in Atlanta and the Southeast, but at an early age, he discovered his true passions: Music and Classic Cars. Both took him on many, many adventure and to this day as the Drummer of The Fly-bi-Nites, he receives royalties for "Found Love", a song he and his bandmates wrote in his parent's rec room in 1967! Doug's involvement with the Classic Car hobby as Regional Director and then, President and Chairman of the Board of the Ferrari Club of America, led to he and Genie living for a year in Brussels, Belgium while he curated the personal Ferrari collection of Jacques Swaters, as well as invitations to Judge at some of the most prestigious Concours d'elegance events in the US and Europe. This ultimately inspired Doug and Genie to create their own Concours on the Monterey peninsula in California. Carmel-by-the-Sea Concours On The Avenue, just completed it's 14th year, this past August and is considered to be one of the top events, of its kind, by the Collector and Classic Car Communities. Doug was a thoughtful and amazing Husband, Son, Grandson, Brother, Brother in-law, Nephew, Cousin, Uncle and Great Uncle. He was loyal in his dedication to his family and to his longtime friends, from all walks of life. He aspired to follow in the footsteps of his Parents and Grandparents and always treated others with respect. Doug was a true Southern Gentleman! Graveside services will be held 3:30 pm, today, October 5 at Arlington Memorial Park and via zoom link on Dressler's website. Contributions may be made to a charity of your choice, The Atlanta Humane Society, The William Breman Jewish Home, or The Carmel Foundation, which serves Senior citizens on the Monterey peninsula and is the charitable recipient of Concours On The Avenue. Dressler's Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999

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  • The Dressler Family

    May the memories of our loved ones remain for a blessing.

  • Kevin Hanstick

    Great sorrow in his passing, Great joy in having him step into my life. He will be missed and will always be with us!

    October 09, 2021 , 01:05 PM

  • Marty Oxman,Charlotte N.C.

    Another good man taken too soon. My condolences.

    October 08, 2021 , 07:36 PM

  • Helen and Mike Perkel

    Robyn, We are sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

    October 08, 2021 , 06:03 PM

  • Karen and Brian Shonson

    Robyn: We are so sorry for the loss of your brother. May his memory be for a blessing.

    October 08, 2021 , 11:27 AM

  • gene diamond

    Robyn my family prayers for strength for your family

    October 07, 2021 , 03:44 PM

  • Martha Jo Katz

    Robyn and family, thinking of you and sending you love and special prayers. "Memories in the heart bring comfort to the soul". as ever, Martha Jo

    October 06, 2021 , 08:36 PM

  • Sharon and Michael Corenblum

    Robyn, and Family Thinking of you during this sad, painful, and difficult time. Please accept our sincere condolences and love and know I am here for you.

    October 06, 2021 , 06:28 PM

  • Jay and Randy Cohen

    Robyn and family We are saddened to hear about the passing of your brother Doug. Sending you prayers, strength, love, and hugs.

    October 06, 2021 , 03:15 PM

  • Gail Cohn

    Dearest Robyn and family, I just learned of the sad loss of your brother. Please know that Harvey and I care, and are sending you and yours a heartfelt sympathy.

    October 06, 2021 , 02:26 PM

  • Gail Cohn

    Dearest Robyn and family, I just learned of the sad loss of your brother. Please know that Harvey and I care, and are sending you and yours a heartfelt sympathy.

    October 06, 2021 , 02:26 PM


    Thoughts and Prayers to the family. Doug will be missed by all. We need more people like Doug in this world!! Great person through and through.

    October 06, 2021 , 12:57 AM

  • Debbie & Richard Pinsky

    Robin, We were so sorry to learn of the loss of your brother. May his memory forever be a blessing.

    October 05, 2021 , 10:27 PM

  • Judie Barkan

    Thinking of you during this difficult time. I am sorry for your loss.

    October 05, 2021 , 10:26 PM

  • Butch “Myron” Golub

    I can never forget Doug Freedman. We worked together for Jerry Blonder at Tempo Management during many many years ago. Doug was one of a kind in so many ways. My love goes out to Genie, Robyn and Lois and the rest of his entire family.

    October 05, 2021 , 08:23 PM

  • Leslie Parker

    I am so sorry to hear about Doug. He was a big (and a fun) part of my childhood even though his best friend in our house was my sister, Annice. Doug was just such a lovely person. I am sending my heartfelt condolences. Leslie Parker

    October 05, 2021 , 08:20 PM

  • Wayne & Michele Demchinski

    Dear Genie, We are heartbroken about Doug. Know that all the Vernasco's are praying for you. With Deepest Sympathy and much love. Wayne and Shelly

    October 05, 2021 , 08:19 PM

  • Ned J Lawler

    I wanted to share this photo with friends and family. Doug was always operating from the background and didn't like personal fanfare but he was convinced to pose with his dear wife as the Concours on the Avenue wound down last August. Doug has left lasting memories for thousands of people of his automotive love. Thank you Doug.

    October 05, 2021 , 04:18 PM

  • Susan & Steve Freedman

    We share y9ur loss and hope he is in a better place

    October 05, 2021 , 08:01 PM

  • Jackie and Andy Slatkow

    Our love and heartfelt condolences to Genie, Doug's family, the Jennaros and all who knew and loved Doug. Our heart is breaking for all of you.

    October 05, 2021 , 07:53 PM

  • Steve and Mary Rana

    We were very saddened to hear of Doug's passing. We were privileged to have known him. Our thoughts and prayers are with Genie and her family. He will always be remembered for his tireless work on his passion, the Concorse on the Avenue. We have lost a dear friend.

    October 05, 2021 , 07:32 PM

  • Ava & Robert Wilensky

    Sending our love, prayers and condolences to the family. We know he will be dearly missed.

    October 05, 2021 , 07:27 PM

  • jerry and janice wise

    Condolences, we have lost a Great man and loyal friend

    October 05, 2021 , 07:14 PM

  • paula robinowich

    i helped doug with his taxes for about 15 years I learned a lot about his car ventures, but it was my stories about my trips on the Rock Legends Cruise that really excited Doug We would talk about the great classic rock of the 60s and 70s May he rest in peace

    October 05, 2021 , 07:09 PM

  • Patti West

    Genie, My prayers are with you. Doug was the "GREATEST BIRTHDAY BUDDY"! Doug was my friend and he was so kind. I will always keep him close to my heart. Love, Patti

    October 05, 2021 , 06:59 PM

  • Fred Katz

    Marcy and I are so sorry to hear about your loss. Love Marcy and Fred

    October 05, 2021 , 06:28 PM

  • Lissie Stahlman

    Robyn, Please accept my condolences on Doug's passing. He was in my brother, Peter's class, and I'll never forget the twist party they had for their Bar Mitzvahs. May all the fond memories help you through these sorrowful times.

    October 05, 2021 , 04:32 PM

  • Tim Parker

    Rest in Peace.

    October 05, 2021 , 03:17 PM

  • Chris and Dawn Carlsen

    Genie, Dawn and I will always smile when we think of Doug. His warmth and his welcoming sense is just like a nice hug. His insistence of organizational excellence will always inspire me. Spiritual life is eternal.

    October 05, 2021 , 03:13 PM

  • Ned and Kate Lawler

    Our memories of Doug and you are precious. We wish you strength and love. Ned and Kate Lawler

    October 05, 2021 , 02:04 PM

  • Walter Cohen

    Robyn: I am so sorry to hear of Doug's passing - I remember our childhood days when we used to play in the neighborhood down on Haven Ridge.

    October 05, 2021 , 01:12 PM

  • Betty & Alan Sunshine

    Robyn, We are so sorry to learn about the loss of your dear brother, Doug. May his memory be for a blessing.

    October 05, 2021 , 11:56 AM

  • Christie L Miller

    So sorry to hear the news of Doug passing. I am fortunate to have known him and to have played a part in helping him achieve his dream of the Concours on the Avenue. My condolences to Genie and his entire family. He will be greatly missed. May his memory be a blessing.

    October 05, 2021 , 11:29 AM

  • Carl Golden

    My condolences to the Freedman and Blonder family. May he rest in piece.

    October 05, 2021 , 11:14 AM

  • Dennis and Pamela Glavis

    No one ever made us more welcome at our first Carmel By the Sea on the Avenue Concours than Doug...what a gentleman!

    October 05, 2021 , 03:44 AM

  • Tim Parker

    Vision. Energy. Loyalty. All at a maximum. May he Rest In Peace.

    October 05, 2021 , 02:29 AM

  • Steve and Sidi Mast

    Our thoughts, prayers, and love go out to Genie and family. To say Doug was an amazing man, would be an understatement. His kindness and thoughtfulness are what we will remember most. His wonderful southern manners made you feel like family. One only had to be near him to know that he truly cared about others. Doug, you will never be forgotten, you will be forever in our hearts. Rest in Paradise our friend. You are and always will be “Best in Show”.

    October 05, 2021 , 02:04 AM

  • Beth Bates

    My thoughts and prayers for Genie and your family. Just devastated by the news. We met 15 years ago at The Carmel Foundation and quickly realized we knew many of the same people because of our love for cars! What he brought to Carmel By The Sea and the Monterey Peninsula is unmeasurable! Seemed like he could move mountains. With a very heavy heart, but now remembering his smile and how he'd always have one more great car story... he will be missed!

    October 05, 2021 , 01:41 AM

  • Dennis Glavis

    Totally shocked at the news of Doug's passing....his outgoing demeanor and friendly spirit made it seem like he would be eternal. We've all lost a friend....sincere condolences to the Family and his close friends....

    October 05, 2021 , 12:58 AM

  • Larry Gordon

    Robin and family: So sorry to learn of Doug’s passing. My condolences to all of the family and friends.

    October 05, 2021 , 12:18 AM

  • Andy & Nancy Polan

    So sorry to hear this news. A solid guy / friend you could always rely on. You are in our thoughts & prayers

    October 04, 2021 , 11:40 PM

  • Cory & Alan Begner

    Genie and family, We are so sorry to hear of Doug's passing. He was always such a thoughtful and kind person. Our hearts are with you.

    October 04, 2021 , 11:24 PM

  • Natalie Budnick

    Genie and family…. Soo very sorry for the loss of Doug. I remember how he and my dear friend, Janelle Nevins, were such close friends! She would always say how thoughtful he was. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Natalie and Larry Budnick

    October 04, 2021 , 10:34 PM

  • Alan Cohen

    So sorry to hear this news. My condolences to the whole family.

    October 04, 2021 , 07:52 PM

  • Diane T Rottensteiner

    We were so devastated to learn of Doug's sudden passing. Our decades of friendship, love and cherished memories are close to our heavy hearts. Doug's generous spirit, his brilliance in all things concerning motor car perfection and his love of family and faith are sorely missed. We hope that out prayers bring comfort to Genie and all of his family and friends at this difficult time.

    October 04, 2021 , 05:09 PM

  • Philip karlick

    Remembering Doug of 65 years. The best, he was drummer in the band that played at my bar mitzvah , the Henchmen? So sorry to hear of his passing. Blessings to family. Susanne and Philip karlick

    October 04, 2021 , 04:37 PM

  • Jacki and Ron Stevens

    Jeannie, Robin and family- We are so sorry for the loss of Doug. We have many great memories from our years of friendship. We hope your memories help sustain you through these difficult times. Sending hugs-Jacki and Ron Stevens

    October 04, 2021 , 04:00 PM

  • Nancy Jo McDaniel

    My broken heart, thoughts & prayers are with you, Genie & Robyn. I've known Doug since August of 1975 and will always treasure the memory of his mentoring and friendship. He was a caring and generous man, who loved life his way!

    October 04, 2021 , 03:26 PM

  • Ann Willen

    Genie, Robyn & heart is broken. I am in shock to hear this news. Doug was honestly the nicest person I ever knew. I've known him my entire adult life. He was there at my wedding 51 years ago this month. He was at everything I was ever invited to & he was the same sweet person over all these years. Although I haven't seen him in a few years I will always think of him as one of my close friends. Last time I spoke to him was when he called me after Marty passed away. As usual he always cared. He was the best and I will miss his presence so much. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

    October 04, 2021 , 03:18 PM

  • Gail & Lyons Heyman

    Thoughts and prayers for your family

    October 04, 2021 , 02:57 PM

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