Deceased Information


    Richard Gay

    Reuben ben Leah

  • AGE



    Thursday, December 01, 2022 (Before Sunset)


    Sunday, December 04, 2022


    2:00 PM




    Meeting ID: 816 5467 0864

    Passcode: 985772


    Shiva will be held Monday through Thursday December 5 - 8 at 6:00pm at 500 Cameron Manor Way, Atlanta, GA 30328 Parking in the neighborhood is very limited.  Overflow parking is available in the Dogtopia parking lot, which is 0.2 miles away, located off of Hammond between Lake Forrest Drive and Sandy Springs Circle.



    Richard Bruce Gay, 68, passed away of natural causes on December 1, 2022.  He was a loving husband to wife, Nanci, and devoted son to parents, Jack and Lilly Gay of blessed memory.  Richard is also survived by his sisters, Cheryl Shapiro (Stan) and Sandy Sarlin (blessed memory Milt). Richard is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins scattered across the United States. Richard was an Atlanta native son, raised at The Temple, attended Briarcliff High School (class of 1972) and Georgia State University, where he earned a BBA in Business Accounting.  He was also a member of Temple Sinai. Richard worked in numerous financial positions, including the family clothing store, Gays Mens Wear.  Upon its closing, Richard became a CPA and retired from Southern Company in 2018. Richard used his passion for numbers by being the volunteer treasurer for the Hebrew Order of David (HOD) Shimshon Lodge, where he was honored with the Worthy Brother title this November, Atlanta ORT’s Honey for the Heart program and the Cameron Manor Way Home Owners Association. Richard was beloved by all as he always had time for friends, golf, bowling and his favorite sports teams, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, NY Yankees and Huerta Berlin Soccer.  His dad introduced him to these at a very early age. Richard will be missed.  His loving heart and selfless acts endeared him to many.   If so inclined, please honor Richard’s memory with a contribution to HOD-Shimshon (, Temple Sinai or the charity of your choosing. Funeral will be held at Crest Lawn Cemetery, Sunday December 4 at 2:00 PM with Rabbi Brad Levenberg officiating.   Arrangements by Dressler’s, 770-451-4999.

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  • Mark Waldinger

    Dear Nanci, Sandy, Cheryl and family, As I write this it is Wednesday January 4, 2023. While on the Dressler site due to the passing of Dianne Kaufman, I just now discovered the news about Richard. As you might imagine, I am profoundly saddened to learn of his passing, and I grieve with you. I have known Richard for several decades. He is one of my only Atlanta friends who knew my late parents, David and Miriam Waldinger. When Richard attended the Iowa wedding of Marc Daniels and Adrienne Hacker, Richard visited us in my parents’ Des Moines home, the house that later became mine after Dad and Mom died. As you can imagine, as did all who knew Richard, they really liked him and considered me fortunate to have such an intelligent, kind, generous and loyal friend. I remember well what a great animal lover Richard was, dating back to the days when he had Misty and Barron. With that in mind, I will make a contribution in memory of Richard to The Atlanta Humane Society Shelter. The Shelter has a special significance for me because it is the shelter from which my rescue dog Mattie was adopted. While Richard may no longer be with us on Earth, his spirit will remain with us forever. Rest In Peace, dear friend. Mark Waldinger

  • Tami Timperio

    Dearest Richard, There is no greater man, son and brother. Your selfless caring of your family is second to none. I am so happy I was able to see you just a few short weeks ago. You looked well and were very happy with your golf and the big BBQ. I will always be thankful for you, your friendship and your unsurpassable love of Nanci. You will be so very missed. I hope you and my dad, Art, are busy "teeing it up" in heaven. Big hugs and much love.

  • Brad and Judy Hench

    Richard was a very special and very dear person. We were lucky to have known him. His passing leaves a hole in the world that serves as a memory of the good works he did and the people he affected in a positive way.

  • Nanette and Arnold Marks

    Nancy we are so sorry for your loss. We only new Richard for a short time but knew he was a kind and caring husband

  • Harriett Smith

    Richard was the kindest man! We treasured him as a friend and neighbor. Our dog Buster adored Richard - proving an animal’s instinct for goodness. We will miss Richard terribly. Harriett and Whit Smith

  • Lisa Mehalko

    Richard was a kind heart and a devoted husband. He will be sorely missed. Praying for Nanci and the rest of the family during this difficult time...

  • Dale and Diana Harford

    Nanci, We are so sorry to hear of Richard's passing. Through our many years of working together, whenever you spoke of him, his love and thoughtfulness were evident. We are thinking of you at this very difficult time, and pray that his memories bring you strength and peace.

  • Debbie Berkowitz Namer

    My condolences and prayers go out to the family. I have good memories of a childhood friend who was always nice, kind & thoughtful. May he Rest In Peace.

  • Jeff Lowenberg

    How do you sum up a 42 year friendship richard and i talked very frequently and on a regular basis i was with him the nite he met Nanci at a party Richard was more like family than a friend always there to help: move,talk, ride to Air Port i will miss you my friend Jeff

  • Bill Nefsky

    My best condolences to Richard’s family. I bowled on Richard’s team in the 1990’s and he was always affable, friendly and an excellent team partner. May he rest in Peace.

  • Joanne and John Chaifetz

    Nanci, Our hearts go out to you. Richard was the sweetest, loving husband. He will be sorely missed. May his memory be a blessing.

  • Emily Lee

    All my love and prayers for you and your family. I am blessed to have known him and his love for you.

  • Jody Pollack

    We will sorely miss Richard's big heart and warmth. His absence will create a void that can never be filled.

  • Harold Rosenbaum

    Cheryl. My condolences to your family on the loss of your brother. May his memory be a blessing.

  • Karen Gluck Stickler

    Sandy please accept my heartfelt condolences.. May his memories warm your hearts at this difficult time.

  • Bob & Carol Waterstone

    So sorry to hear about Richards passing. Only knew him from golf. But he always had a great demeanor.

  • Randi and Ed Strumlauf

    Cheryl and family, please accept our heartfelt condolences. May the wonderful times you shared warm your hearts during this difficult time.

  • Mannie Lowe

    This saddens me. May Richard's memory be for a blessing to us all.

  • Sam Graiser

    Dear Nanci. I have been so honored to call Richard my friend for so many years through our mutual love,hate affair with both bowling and golf . His presence will be missed by all who knew him. May his memory be a blessing.

  • Ilene and Jon

    BDE There are no words for Nanci dear as Richard lovingly addressed you. His middle name should be minch or chessed. Richard was always on call for family, friends, and community outreach with his helpful and chessed hands and heart. He was a diligent role model loving husband and son. His Yankee and Tech updates were always so fun to see the excitement he shared. We we honored to have had Richard in our lives. We will miss him greatly.

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