Deceased Information


    Gary Martin Unell

    Gershon ben Hershel

  • AGE



    Friday, September 30, 2022 (After Sunset)


    Sunday, October 02, 2022


    2:30 PM




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    Shiva will be observed immediately following the service on Sunday until 8:00 PM and from 5:00 to 8:00 PM on Monday at the home of Robert and Lauren Unell.

    5470 East Idlewood Lane, Atlanta, GA 30327



    Gary M. Unell, age 75, of Atlanta, died September 30 after a courageous battle with metastatic prostate cancer.  Born and raised in Atlanta and a graduate of Grady High School and the University of Tennessee, Gary was an avid Vols and Atlanta professional sports team fan.  He was a skilled golfer who was able to “shoot his age” into his early 70s.  Gary’s professional endeavors included real estate investments and co-owning a successful home-building business for over 40 years.  Although he was loyal to his sports team and his work, his love and loyalty to his family and friends was unparalleled.  He was a devoted brother, husband, father, and grandfather who thoroughly enjoyed attending family member performances, sporting events, and celebrations. Gary will be lovingly remembered and deeply missed by his wife of 51 years, Renée who he adoringly called “Red”, his son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Hilary and their children Harris and Sara, his son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Lauren and their children Riley and Miller, his sister and brother-in-law, Arleen and Terry Golden, his sister-in-law and brother-in-law Elsie and Mark Schiff, his brother-in-law and sister-in-law Edward and Debbie Levin, his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Lynda and Rick Strusiner, his uncle Bernard Unell, Renée’s Aunt Eleanor Zuber, and, several nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends, many of whom were by his side since childhood.  The family would like to recognize his dedicated caregivers, especially Gabriel K.   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Weinstein Hospice ( or the Jim Valvano “V” Foundation ( Funeral services will be held on Sunday, October 2nd at 2:30pm at Arlington Memorial Park in Sandy Springs with Rabbi Laurence Rosenthal officiating. 

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  • Glenda and Ken Alexander

    Renee, We were sorry to hear about Gary. We are sending our love to you and the family. Glenda and Ken

  • Betsy and Larry Cohen

    Renee and family-Larry and I are so sorry for your loss. Gary was always so nice and had a smile for everyone. He was a great family man, and we all will miss him.

  • Jo Ann and Elihu Spikler

    Renee, we were so saddened to hear about Gary’s passing. He was always so kind and such a great guy. We are thinking of you during this difficult time and sending our sincerest condolences to your entire family. May his memory be a blessing.

  • Anita Schwartzman Karnibad

    Sorry to hear of the great loss to all of you. We were neighbors on Oldfield Road . Your grandmother would often take our Mother to the grocery store. Keep all the good memories with you.

  • Ronette Throne

    Renee - so sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of Gary from our Israel mission. May his memory be for a blessing.

  • james levine

    Gary and I were freshman roommates at UT. During those days we were good friends and I have very fond memories of those days together. He called me "laddie". I am so sorry he is gone. My prayers and condolences to his family. God bless. Will miss a great guy. jim levine

  • Rhonda and Saul Furstein

    Renee, we are so sorry for your loss. Please know that Saul and I are thinking about you and your family.

  • Warren Abrahams

    Gary and I first met when I worked at the Fulton County Health Department approving swimming pools, whirlpools and bathhouses. We had a difference of opinion on the texture of the floor tile for the bathhouse. We then recognized one another at synagogue where I was an usher where Gary and "Red" entered to go to their seats. Gary smiled at me, shook my hand, wished me a "Good Yontif" and said to me "I would not have put up such a strong argument if I knew you were Jewish and belonged to the same synagogue as me". Every year since 1988, Gary always made a point to wish me a L'Shonah Tova. I will miss his smile, tall stature and friendly greetings. Rest in Peace, my friend; your name shall be a blessing.

  • Gwen Kaminsky

    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Gary. I am very fortunate that I was able to see him and Renee at so many functions over the years. My heartfelt condolences. May his memory be for a blessing for you all.

  • Alfred Bernstein

    Reading all the great qualities of Gary Unell, I would like to add he was one cool guy who all his friends could agree on. Well rounded and well liked by all. They don't make like that any more. Very sorry to see you end this way.

  • Dianne and Don Jaslow

    Renee and Family, We are so very sorry to hear about Gary's passing. Sending our sincere condolences, thoughts, and love to all of you. Dianne and Don

  • Marcia & Richard Jacobson

    Renee - We are so sorry. Sending you our sincere condolences

  • Judie Jacobs

    Renee, so sorry to hear of Gary's passing. May his memory be a blessing and comfort you and your family as you move forward.

  • Beth and Edward Sugarman

    Arleen and Family We send our deepest sympathy on the loss of your dear brother. May the many years of good memories keep Gary ever close to you.

  • Loretta Silber

    Renee and Family, So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Barry Warshaw

    It was heartwarming to see and hear the love of Gary's family today. As across the street Wildwood Road neighbors during our childhoods, Gary and I played many a one-on-one basketball game on our backyard court. I like to think that we made each other better. Gary built a beautiful life and family, and I wish you all peace and love in his memory.

  • Sivia Schwartzman Lipson

    Arleen, please know my thoughts are with you and all of your Family.We are all on the same journey of life and I hope that you will find some comfort in knowing that you have friends that care.

  • Charlotte Newman Gordon

    So sorry for your thoughts are with you and the family.....

  • Linda and Howard Reisman

    Dear Renee Our Deepest Condolences go out to you and your family, Gary was one of the really nice guys and he will be truly missed. Linda and Howard Reisman

  • Marci Ball

    Renee- a sad day for you and a sad day for many-- with love and condolences

  • Lewis and LuEllen Feldman

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. LuEllen and Lewis

  • Michael and Linda Friedman

    Renee So sorry to hear of Gary's passing. He always had a smile and will be missed by all who knew him. Our prayers are with you and your family.

  • Susan and Ken Hammer

    Renee - Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family - your devotion is a testimony to your beautiful life together. May his memory be a blessing to you all.

  • Steve and Susan Freedman

    We are s very sorry and he will be missed by everyone whose life he has touched.

  • Charlotte and Allen Kaminsky

    Dear Renee and Family, We are so sorry to hear of Gary's passing. Our thoughts are with you! Charlotte and Allen Kaminsky

  • Jennie and Macy Moret

    Dear Rene and family: we will always remember Gary’s big smile and sincere friendliness. Our hearts are with you. May wonderful memories of him during happy times help you get through this difficult time.

  • Julie and David borenstein

    Dear Renee, David and I were so sad to hear about Gary's passing. Our thoughts are with you and your children. Love, Julie

  • Helen and Stan Kasten

    Dear Renee We were so saddened to hear of Gary’s passing. May his loving memory be a blessing and comfort to you and your children. Helen and Stan

  • Linda and Leonard Sherman

    Renee, we are so sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. We have fond memories of our parents playing cards with their friends every week. We will miss Gary.

  • Elaine Byrd

    I was so very sorry to hear about Garys passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. Elaine and Wayne

  • Jerry and Linda Marks Shapiro

    Renee, we are so sorry to hear about Gary. You each were always so nice to us when we visited Atlanta. May his Memory be a blessing and his kindness always be remembered. We surround you with support.

  • Judy Isenberg Fleischer

    Dear Renee, Although it’s been years since we’ve seen each other, I nevertheless hurt for you. I am so saddened for you. I hope that your children and grandchildren will help you to endure your grief. Thinking of you with love. Judy

  • Adrian Unell

    Dear Renee and family, I am so sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. Actually quite shocked. There really are no words to adequately express our concern and compassion for you, your kids, grandkids and Arlene and Terry. Will be thinking of you tomorrow. Love and hugs, Adrian and Murry

  • Charles Sheron

    Renee, I am deeply saddened to hear about Gary. Sending my thoughts, prayers and love to you and your family.

  • Ilene and Jonathan Miller

    Dear Renee and family, We are so very sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. From many years ago ever since our early marriage days when we all met we will remember what a sweet and family guy Gary was. May you and your entire family find comfort in your beautiful memories.

  • Lane and Rona Wolbe

    Renee, Gary fought a courageous battle and will be missed by all. Our thoughts are with you and your family in your time of grief. Lane and Rona

  • Beverly Warshaw Kies

    Renee and family, words can’t express how sad I felt today hearing of Gary’s passing. Even though we didn’t see each other much since high school and college days, my memories of our friendship poured in. I really loved Gary, and his family was wonderful. I will always remember Gary yelling, “Baby, get me something to eat.” I’m glad he is out of pain. My thoughts are with your entire family.

  • Vicki and Rael Grosswald

    Dear Renee and family We’re saddened to learn about Gary—He was always a sweet, warm guy—We both are thinking of you at this sad time. Vicki and Rael

  • Maxine Barrocas

    Arleen and family so sorry to hear about your brother. Albert and I lost my brother 5 years ago and know you will miss him dearly. May you be comforted in the days ahead by fond memories about his life.

  • Linda Miller

    So sorry for your loss,always too soon.May he rest in peace

  • Michele & Jobert Hoffman

    So very sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Elaine Unell

    I was just informed about Gary’s passing from my friend Bobbi (Macher) Wilson. I am so sorry to hear this. I enjoyed the couple of times we got together when Ron and I passed through Atlanta. My sincere condolences to you all. With love, Elaine

  • Roy & Mary Rubin

    Condolences. A great guy taken way too soon!

  • Katie Cohen Gronsbell

    Renee, So sorry to hear about Gary! Gary was always so kind. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Sandy and Dave Abrams

    Dear Renee and family Our heartfelt love and condolences . Gary was a top professional and gentle man . We were blessed to have known him.

  • Michael Lawn

    So very sad. My heartfelt sympathy to you Renee and the whole family, Brian and Robert, their wives and the grandchildren. Gary was such a warm heart being I felt a close connection even though our contact was limited and long distance.

  • Mimi Siegel

    Dear Renee I am very sorry to hear the sad news. Gary was a fine gentleman and a great friend. Many hugs and love, Mimi Siegel

  • Gail and Danny Moret

    My dear friend Renee we are so sorry for your loss, he was a sweet and caring man who loved his family

  • Robyn and Ed Gerson

    Our deepest condolences. Gary was such a mensch, and our thoughts are with you. May his memory be a blessing.

  • Judy Aspes

    Deepest condolences to all the Unells. Gary was such a mensch, and Renee, his guardian angel. Wishing you all strength at this difficult time. With Love, Judy

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