Deceased Information


    Irving Willy Spizman

    Yitzchak Bevel ben Gidalia

  • AGE



    Monday, April 25, 2022 (Before Sunset)


    Wednesday, April 27, 2022


    9:00 AM




    Meeting ID: 858 0036 5040

    Passcode: 370410


    Wednesday and Thursday evenings at Corso. Shiva will start both nights at 6 pm with minyan at 6:30 pm

    3200 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta, GA 30327


    Irving Willy Spizman, 69, died on April 25. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Justin and Jaime Spizman, daughter and son-in-law, Ali and Marc Garfinkel; grandchildren, Dani Spizman (9), Bella Spizman (7) and Poppy Garfinkel (2); brother and sister-in-law, Sam and Gena Spizman; parents, Regina and Gus Spizman, of blessed memory.

    Willy had a love for three things: his family, the Texas Longhorns and a good cycle ride on the belt line. Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Willy loved sports and was active in his AZA chapter. He made his way to the University of Texas where he was President of Alpha Epsilon Pi and played baseball. After college he moved to Atlanta where he built a career in public relations. He spent afternoons and weekends at his children’s sports games cheering and yelling from the stands. He ran the Peachtree Road Race for 40 consecutive years.

    Willy was extremely kind, loyal and dedicated to his family and friends. He always said yes to any favor asked and was the first to volunteer to help. He was greatly loved and will be missed.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: MARR Addiction Treatment Centers and click "donate."


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  • Donny and Amy Greenspan

    Our heartfelt condolences to Willy's family. He was a man of remarkable kindness and generosity, and we will always treasure our memories of his friendship. Love to all of you.

  • Monica Teasley

    Justin please accept my deepest condolences on your loss. Sending prayers up for you, your sister and the rest of the family.

  • Marcie and Barry Koffler

    Ali, I was so sad to hear about your loss. I met Willy, back in the early 80’s when we were forming our ‘Children of Holocaust Survivors’ group, to co-inside with The March of the Living. May his memory always be for a blessing.

  • Judi Diamond Saltzman

    Dear Spizman family. I grew up with Willy in San Antonio. I remember him first because we were in a small close-knit community with several survivors, including his parents. Ivan and his family were also part of that community. Then my fondest memory of him was watching him play football in front of Aunt Roselle's house with the Herzel and Marcus AZA boys. We both went to UT and I married a fellow AEPi guy. I was never close with Willy but it was always nice hanging out in the same groups of friends. I am so saddened by his loss. May his life be a blessing to all of you. Judi Diamond Saltzman

  • Jerry & Elaine Blumenthal

    Dear Ali and Justin - We're so sorry to learn of the death of your father. We remember you from our carpooling years together to the Hebrew Academy. May memories of happy times become comforting. Sincerely, Elaine and Jerry

  • Jay & Randy Cohen

    Ali, Justin, & Robyn Sending you hugs, strength and love. Aly and Justin I’m so sorry you lost your daddy.

  • Lyons Heyman

    Willy as a father, athlete, and survivor are an inspiration to all. May he rest in Peace

  • Leslie

    Ali and Justin, Thank you for sharing your dad with my mom (Bettye), and her children. Mr. Willy was the absolute best. He would always call mom and ask "are we feeding the homeless today'? Mr. Willy was an inspiration to so many people, he had a big heart and LOVED, LOVED, LOVED his family. He is definitely going to be missed. I'm sure mom is going to miss her calls and lunches with Mr. Willy. Rest well Mr. Willy Love you forever!!

  • Eddie Davis

    Willy, You are an inspiration to us all. I will always cherish your visits to Dallas and staying with me. We did have a special bond sharing many adventures that we had. My brother, I(and your love for Starbucks-morning jolt) will miss you dearly.

  • Sara and Robert Franco

    Willy always brought warmth and affection when he greeted Sara and me. I have many fond memories of him both in and out of the water volleyball pool. Our thoughts and prayers are with Willy's family.

  • Herb Weiss

    So sorry for your loss

  • Michael Hopkovitz

    You will be missed, Willy. I’ll always remember our Rodfei time together as kids, AZA, and our AEPi brotherhood. Rest In Peace, my friend.

  • ivan w suchowolski

    I miss him already. We grew up together in San Antonio. His father my mother were brother and sister. We always lived by each other. He was a good guy. Love ya cuz!

  • jeff kase

    my family is very hurt on the loss of my friend Willy. He was a dear friend.

  • Molly Stryer

    May the sweet memories of your dad, brother and grandfather help ease the sadness you are feeling. You kids were his greatest achievement and he loved you dearly. I will miss my cousin.

  • Gena Spizman

    Ali and Justin, you have my heartfelt condolences. I am very fortunate to have had your father as part of my life and will treasure the time spent with him. He and his brother, my husband, rose up from humble beginnings and both made their parents proud by helping others less fortunate. May his memory be a blessing to you??

  • An old friend

    Hope you find your old LeMans in Heaven’s parking lot, get in, put your right hand on that Hurst shifter, gun the engine, pop the clutch and make a real entrance into Heaven; God won’t mind the noise, and there will be plenty of old friends and family to welcome you; You will be missed!

  • Dan and Anna

    Sending lots of love and prayers for the entire extended Spizman family. Willy was a great sweet wonderful soul. May his memory be a blessing.

  • Milton Silberstein

    I have not seen Willie in a number of years but But I remember Sunday mornings playing softball with him and Sam. So sorry to hear about the families loss.

  • Melanie Nelkin

    Hadn’t seen Willy in years but this notice stunned me because my memories of him were those of an amazing racquetball player and athlete. May his memory be for a blessing.

  • Lorie and Les

    Dear Justin and Ali, We were saddened to learn of your dad’s passing. He was always kind and welcoming to us, and it was evident that he loved you all very much. Hopefully the sweet memories you have will comfort you during these difficult days.

  • Lynn and Billy Light

    I am so sorry to hear this sad news. I played ball against Willy for many years. He always was a gentleman, but a great athlete and competitor. I know you will keep his memory alive forever..

  • David Kuniansky

    Dear Justin,Jaime,Ali and Marc; your father was a great guy who will be missed. My sincere condolenses on your loss.

  • Steve Presser

    I have known Willy for several years and loved his companionship and kind ways. I will miss him and never forget his kindness???. Unfortunately I will not be able to be at his service

  • Vladimir and Alma Sucic

    Dear Spizman family, we are so sad to learn this unfortunate news. Our deep condolences to Spizman family. Robyn , Justin, Aly and Sam we are here for you and our hearts goes out to you at this difficult time. Sharing in your sadness as you remember Willy. Sucic family

  • Steve and Susan Freedman

    Sorry to hear of the passing of your father and grandfather. Our thoughts will be with you.

  • Bruce Weinstein

    Germaine & I extend our deepest condolences to the entire family on this great loss. Justin & Ali know that his great joy in life were his kids & grandkids, & his happiest moments were when he was with them. May the memory of all the good times console you for years to come. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Mike and Helen Perkel

    Willy was a kind and friendly man. He was also a great shortstop on a few of those AA championship softball teams we played on. We extend condolences to his family and are saddened by his loss.

  • Wendy and Steve Light

    We are so sorry for your loss . Thinking of you all

  • Barry & Shirley Retter

    On behalf of all the Retters, we wish to extend our deepest sympathies to Justin, Ali and Sam. Willy was always such a happy and welcoming soul to all of us. May his memory be a blessing.

  • Sugar and Scott Eisenberg

    We will miss Willy so much. He was loved by all. A sweet and loving man. May he be in peace now.

  • Cheryl Isaacs

    My heartfelt sympathies go out to Willy’s family during this sad time. His devotion to his friends and family was paramount. He was my son David’s godfather and his kindnesses were always appreciated. May his memory always be a blessing.

  • Linda Waltzer Brown

    So very sorry for your loss. I live in Dallas and met Willy at a BBYO convention where we became fast friends. Our friendship continued from our time at UT where I was a little sister of AEPi. He was so fun and loving and always watched out for me. Even though we didn’t see each other often after UT, when we did it was just like we saw each other the day before. He was loved and be missed by all. Linda Brown

  • Terri Zieve

    I’m So Sorry For Your Tremendous Loss. My Love, Thoughts, And Prayers Are With You, And Your Family. May Your Dad’s Memory Be A Blessing.

  • Sandy and Dave Abrams

    Dear Justin,Ali and family, Sending our heartfelt love and condolences .May his memory bring be a blessing forever.

  • Joy and Donald Baranovitz

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of y’all durning this saddened time. Willy was a wonderful dad.

  • Jan Lewin

    So sorry to hear of Willy's passing. He was a great guy with a big smile. My condolences to the family.

  • Bruce Beck

    I’m so sorry for your loss! I played ball with an against Willy for many years what a great guy I’m shocked! We were friends! My sincere condolences

  • Larry and Stella Gordon

    We extend our condolences to Justin, Ali, and Sam. I have the fondest of memories of years gone by when Willy and a bunch of other great guys played softball representing the Ahavath Achim Synagogue. Willy was the consummate shortstop on that team in which we won the championship so many years ago. Also wish to extend condolences to Robyn as well.

  • Luci Sunshine

    Ali, So sorry to hear about your Daddy. May his memory be for a blessing.

  • Ross Frapart

    I am so sorry to hear about Willy. My heart is with you Robyn, Ali and Justin. May his memory be for a blessing.

  • Ivan Suchowolski

    i will miss you greatly cuz.

  • Helen Kraus

    I am so sorry to hear about Willy and my heart is with you all Robyn, Ali, and Justin. I hope your memories bring you comfort at this difficult time. With much love, Helen and Steve

  • Bill and Karen Rubinsky

    Can't begin to convey our sense of sadness. Willy was the most respected, admired and loved person on the planet! Sharing in your grief and sending our most heartfelt condolences on your immeasurable loss.

  • Helen Lefkoff and Robert Faulk

    We are so sorry to hear of Willy’s passing. We know it is a great loss and our hearts go out to your family.

  • Martha Jo Katz

    Sending deepest sympathy to you all. May memories in the heart bring comfort to the soul. Thinking of you at this time with love.

  • Donna and Mark Fleishman

    We adored Willy as a friend, neighbor and PR man. And, of course, we shared his love of the Longhorns. May his memory remain a blessing to his children, grandchildren and all who knew and loved him.

  • Linda

    Dear Justin, Jaime, Ali, Marc, My heart is broken realizing that your dad is no longer here. I have such wonderful memories of our shared times at Texas when our lives were free and easy. Please know that Howard and I are thinking of you and know you will cherish the times you shared and the memories you made. I know they will sustain you. He loved you so very much.

  • Karen Wells

    Dear Justin and Jaime,Dani & Bella, Ali and Marc & Poppy, I am so very very sorry for your loss of your devoted loving father and proud grandfather. Willy was one of my very closest friends especially since 2013 when he was there for me when I had bronchitis and he was there for me last year when I had a very bad bicycle accident. Actually he has been there for all my surgeries and for marketing/PR help. I met you, Justin at the Epstein school when I was your 4 year old pre-school teacher!! So I’ve known your family for over 30 years. Willy always bragged about all of his kids and grandkids successes. He will be deeply missed. I love ?? you. Sending healing energy and love your way! Xox

  • Miriam Strickman Levitas

    May Willy’s memory be for a blessing.

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