Deceased Information


    William Berkowitz

  • AGE



    Thursday, December 22, 2022 (After Sunset)


    Tuesday, January 03, 2023


    9:45 AM




    Meeting ID: 851 7623 8776

    Passcode: 058127


    Greenwood Cemetery


    William Stanley Berkowitz left this planet on 12/22/2022.  William was affectionately known as Papa, Billy and Mr. Bill and lived a wonderful life.  Ask Mr. Bill how he was doing and you would be told, "SUPER".  


    Born to Mildred and Ralph Berkowitz, he grew up in NYC on W 81st Street with Central Park as his back yard and the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium as a daily play area.  


    He grew up with his big sister Carol and younger brother Larry, who predeceased him.


    After serving in the Army during the Korean War, Mr. Bill worked for his father in the clothing business, ran a travel agency with his brother, then moved to Atlanta with his wife Carol, son Richard and daughter Jodi.  Mr. Bill was a devoted employee to all employers he served and retired from Federated Department Stores where he worked in Accounting.  


    He met his second love, Betty and they enjoyed many years together prior to her death and this blessed him with more loving family.  


    Never willing to rest, he devoted another 22 years to Georgia State University, retiring at 87 working for Auxiliary Services in the Parking Division where he assisted faculty and the disabled with parking.


    William did not want to be remembered with sadness and was always the joker. 


    William loved sports and had an incredible memory of details, dates and the abstract.


    Owning an Iphone opened a new world to him that fed his incredibly inquisitive mind and kept him connected.


    He and Siri had a love-hate relationship. She always had an answer, even if it took 20 tries to understand the question.


     He is survived by his children Jodi, Richard and Sandi and their children Beau, Hannah, Sarah, Peyton and Chase who he was extremely proud of for their obstacles overcome, accomplishment and kind hearts.  He is also survived by many loving relatives and friends who he adored and appreciated.


    He will be forever missed and appreciated for the joy he brought to this world. 


    Papa wanted this read at his funeral:


    If I should ever leave you, of whom I love, to go along the Silent Way, grieve not, nor speak of me with tears, but laugh and talk of me as if I were beside you there.  


    I'd come, could I find a way!  But would not tears and grief be barriers?


    And when you hear a song or see a bird I loved (except pigeons), please do not let the thought of me be sad...For I am loving you just as I always have...


    You were so good to me!

    In lieu of flowers please consider donating to one of Mr. Bill's favorite charities, St. Judes Hospital and The Children's Miracle Network via the links below:






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  • Jackson Franco Handmacher

    Childhood memories - nine years old at my Aunt's apartment on Buford Highway - Bill and Carol Berkowitz next door. Jodi and Ricky were my playmates when I visited my cousin. Bill was always mild mannered and lovely, soft spoken and patient. Later in life, Bill helped my mother get a parking space at GSU where she was one of the oldest art students. Bill was a mensch, a good man.

  • Ann Stayer

    Tom and i are so sorry for all who knew and loved Poppa. We are going to miss him. There is going to be an emptiness when we next visit family. We trust that many memories Poppa built with family and friends will keep him close in your hearts. Love going out to Jodi and her family, Richard and his family, Sandi and her family as well as his many other family members.

  • Ladonna Dickerson

    Richard, Thinking of you and your family during this time. It was a pleasure meeting your father. I could tell from my first interaction with him that he was a kind soul.

  • C. David Sterne

    So very sorry for your family's loss.

  • Michael Hazan

    Richard, you already know this, but I am going to say it anyway. Your father was so very special. From the first time I met him, he was just an easy going friendly person to be around. I never saw him get angry or raise his voice. He always had this quiet calmness about him. And he was so delightful to talk to. I never met his parents, but they did something right. Your father was a gentleman. I will miss him. Please accept my condolences.

  • Kay Lee

    What a precious reflection of your sweet Dad, Jodi! He leaves such a legacy in you, Beau and Hannah. I loved watching him at your wedding! We love you!

  • Rhona Storch Albright

    Richard, I am so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. You always spoke so lovingly of him to myself and my Dad, Marty Storch, I know he will be missed. My heartfelt condolences and prayers for comfort are sent to you and your family.

  • Dan Gulden

    Richard, my deepest condolences on the loss of your father. You spoke of him with affection, and it seems a loss to anyone who didn't have the opportunity to know him. Dan

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