Deceased Information


    Jerome Sugarman

  • AGE



    Thursday, December 22, 2022 (Before Sunset)


    Monday, December 26, 2022


    2:00 PM




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    Jerome (Jerry) Martin Sugarman passed away on Dec. 22, 2022 at the age of 81. Jerry was proud to be a native Atlantan – as were his late parents, Margaret & Harry Sugarman. He is a graduate of Grady High School and received a degree from Georgia Tech in radio engineering. As a young man, Jerry worked for WQXI and WPLO radio stations as an engineer and a talk show host. He spent most of his adult life working for Dunk ‘n Dine and Happy Herman’s as managers in the restaurants and the gourmet grocery stores.

    Mr. Sugarman and his wife, Janet, were lifelong devotees of B’nai B’rith Youth Organization (BBYO), B’nai B’rith and B’nai B’rith Women. Not only did they meet as teenagers when they were in BBYO, their children carried on the tradition with their leadership roles in all levels of BBYO. After high school, Jerry continued his involvement as an advisor to several BBYO chapters. He then went on to be president of B’nai Brith’s Kehillah Lodge and District 5. Additionally, Jerry rose through the ranks of the adult BBYO boards, including serving on the International BBYO Commission & receiving the highest honor, the Gold Key Award.

    Jerry was an avid collector – he collected everything – coins, stamps, Coke bottles, vintage beer cans, flashlights and anything related to the 1996 Olympics held in Atlanta, GA, But his favorite things to collect were the laughs from people he loved. He was a jokester, but all of his jokes were loving ones.

    He was the devoted husband of Janet for 57 years, the proud father of Kevin (Leigh Ann) Sugarman and Korrie (Josh) Silpe, the brother of Kenneth (Ken) and Michael (Mike) Sugarman and the beloved grandfather of Andrew (Drew) Silpe, Chase Pena, Aiden and Evan Sugarman.

    In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to B’nai Brith Youth Organization

    The funeral was held at Crest Lawn Memorial Park on December 26, 2022 with Rabbi Eric Feld officiating. Arrangements by Dressler’s, 770-451-4999.

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  • Beverly Merlin

    Dearest Janet, It is with a heavy heart I send you much love and peace. I'm so very very sorry for your loss. It is hard to imagine Jerry not by your side. And, to Kory and Kevin. My love and friendship, Beverly Merlin

  • Cindy and Charlie Jaret

    We are so sorry to hear of Jerry's passing. May your memories bring you comfort. Janet, we're thinking of you with love.

  • Naomi Slifkin

    It was a beautiful service. I loved all the stories and could visualize his sort of sly smile as I was listening.

  • jo and arnie sohinki

    Our thoughts and condolences are with you and your family. We have very fond memories of our time in Atlanta with Jerry and the whole Sugarman family. May his memory be for a blessing.

  • Louisa Moffitt

    Beautiful service - beautiful family!

  • Carole & Jan Jackson

    Dear Janet and family, we saddened to learn of Jerry’s passing. We have been good friends since Grady . We have worked in the same industry for many years and then worked together in Later years . He always tried to solve your problems and had a good attitude.

  • Shulamit Carla Cenker

    Sending you love and hugs. Cherish and be comforted by good memories and the love ?? you shared.

  • Anne Slifkin

    Janet, you found a wonderful man in Jerry. Someone always with you. Korrie and Kevin- what an amazing dad you had. I love all of you deeply and will miss Jerry. Hoping that in remembering him, we can remember his laughter and laugh as we cry.

  • Bruce Weinstein

    Deepest condolences to Janet & the entire Sugarman family. He set an example for so many, & he will be greatly missed.

  • Aly Reid

    May his memory be a blessing, and may you rest in peace dear Jerry. Our sincere condolences to all of you, and our prayers are with all of you as you navigate this very difficult time. Jerry and his beautiful wife Janet were a huge part of my high school experience. My memories are so happy when I think of the whole Sugarman family, they felt like my own and Jerry kept us all laughing. The memory of his humor and kindness will stay with me forever. Love to all of you…until we met again Jerry.

  • Dennis King

    Rest in Peace, old friend.

  • Eddie and Jo Ann Rubin

    Dear Janet and the Rest Sugarman Family: We are so sorry to hear of Jerry's passing and send our sincerest condolences.

  • Richard Floersheim

    Janet, Kenny, and all of the Sugarman Family....I am saddened to hear of Jerry's passing. I met all of the Sugarmans at the Jewish Community Center in 1962-1963. I met Janet at that same time. Kenny and I lived together...There is a wonderful history here. God Bless Jerry and Janet and all of the Sugarman Family.

  • Susan Lips

    Janet, I am so sorry for your loss. I have the fondest of memories of Jerry and I know you have so many more from your beautiful marriage. May he rest in peace and be a blessing to your family.

  • Jennifer Richie Baldovinos

    So sorry for your loss Korrie. Love, Ramòn and Jennifer

  • Sandra Menes

    Dear Sugarmans, What a tremendous loss for you and the world. Jerry was my mentor, protector, humorist and favorite Jewish foodie. We met when I was executive director for BBYO from 1987-89. He kept me laughing at tough times and shared the joys of successes. We stayed friends. What a mensch! May his memory be a blessing. Sandy ( and Jon)

  • Marcia Glass-Siegel

    Saddened to learn about Jerry's death. He was my oldest maternal cousin, and although I moved away from Atlanta many years ago, he and Janet and I managed to keep in touch. For me, he was an important link to our grandparents Ben and Gertrude Levine, and to our parents and childhood memories. May all who mourn him, find comfort in each other and in the love he shared with you. May his memory be a blessing.

  • Joe & Janice Nodvin

    Janice & I are saddened to hear about Jerry. As teenagers Jerry, his brother Kenny and I worked at the Toggery Men's haberdashery on weekends and at Christmas. Jerry was gregarious with a great sense of humor and we bonded as friends. Jerry was a "Mench" and his memory is a blessing to all who knew Jerry. Joe & Janice Nodvin

  • Elaine Siegel

    My sincerest sympathy to the whole Sugarman family.

  • Gail A. Solomon

    Janet and Family, I am so sorry to hear of Jerry's passing. May his memory be for a blessing and may his memory bring smiles to you as you remember the happy times you shared.

  • Beth Wender Braun

    Dear Janet and Family, So sorry to hear this news of Jerry, May your memories keep him alive in your hearts forever, Love, Beth and Jeff

  • Vicky S Canter

    Michael, Janet and family, we are truly sorry to hear of Jerry's passing. Jerry was the sweetest person and will be missed. Sending lots of love to you and your family.

  • Janice Schwartz

    Jerry’s passing leaves me deeply saddened as he and Janet walked through some monumental experiences together with me - the marriage of our children and birth of our grandsons. I was blessed to have had those experiences with those two wonderful people and now I will miss Jerry as we carry on without him.

  • Joe Wittenstein

    Jerry was a fine man. A good guy. May his name be for a blessing …..,,

  • Mannie Lowe

    I am heartbroken to hear of Jerry's passing. He was the consummate BBYO supporter and friend. Janet and family: May his memory be for a blessing.

  • Jackie Miklas

    Dear Janet and Family-I am so sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. From our days on Adelia Place and BBYO-you both were a big part of my teenage years. Sending love.

  • Carol and Dave Fink

    I am profoundly saddened to learn of Jerry's passing. Remember the happy times you spent together and let that be a blessing.

  • Morris Maslia

    Dear Sugarman Family: It is with deep sadness that l learned about Jerry's passing. I have know Jerry since he was our BBYO/AZA group leader. I always remember him having a smile on his face and making sure we were headed in the 'right and Jewish direction' during our formative years in high school and BBYO. Sending my deepest sympathy and thoughts at this time for Jerry's passing.

  • Sandra Mislow

    I am so sorry to learn about sweet Jerry. What a warm and genuinely nice guy he was. My love to the Sugarman family.

  • Darryl Cohen

    so very sorry. To soon,to soon

  • Paul Posner Social Circle, Ga.

    I was shocked to hear about Jerrys passing, sending my deepest sympathy.

  • Kathie & Steve Alhadeff

    Janet I am so saddened to hear of Jerry's passing. You both were there for us during those difficult growing pain years! He was such a jokester with an infectious smile. The perfect compliment to you. Sending you & you family lots of love and hugs. Love Kathie & Stevie

  • Philip Karlick

    Janet, Kevin, Cory and grandkids… My deepest sympathies. Even though it’s been years, I’m so sad of Jerry’s passing. How close we were..and some really good times together.

  • Lynn Handmacher Chanin

    Dearest Janet…. My heart is shattered for the loss of your beloved Jerry. The 60’s & 70’s Anne Frank BBG saw you as our chapter’s fearless leader and Jerry was always there to support you 100%. I always felt his loving kindness next to yours. I am sending you so much love, strength, and peace. ALWAYS XO Lynn

  • Phyllis Beck Kurtzman

    This goes back to Blvd days. We were young. I tell this story to many and many times. Jerry and I were were in front of a little store. Halpern’s lived on the corner. A man offered to buy us candy, what kid turns candy down. So we waited in the truck, thank God Jerrys mom saw us and grabbed us. Stupid kids. May Jerry Rest In Peace. Condolences to all. I really do not know the family. I remember Kenny. It has been years. May his Memory Be a Blessing.

  • Beth and Edward Sugarman

    Dear Janet and family, Please accept our deepest sympathy on your great loss. I will always remember Jerry as so helpful and with the best sense of humor. I still chuckle when I think of the refrigerator answering the phone. May your many wonderful memories keep him alive in your hearts forever. All our best, Beth and Edward

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