Deceased Information


    Marc S. Komisarow

    Mordechai ben Asher v' Elka

  • AGE



    Thursday, December 29, 2022 (Before Sunset)


    Monday, January 02, 2023


    10:30 AM




    Meeting ID: 837 2134 0046

    Passcode: 879834


    Marc Samson Komisarow died Thursday of advanced cancer, after a very short illness. He was 66.  He was born on July 22, 1956, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to Eddie and Erika Helfgot Komisarow. At a young age, he moved with his family to Jacksonville, FL, and then to Atlanta, where his father joined his brothers in the franchise restaurant business.  Predeceased by his parents, he is survived by his brother Gene Komisarow and nephew Kirk Komisarow, both of Weaverville, NC, and his niece Nicole Komisarow Stjernberg of Gotenborg, Sweden, as well as a great-niece and a great-nephew. He also is survived by several first cousins on both sides of his family, with whom he shared many happy childhood memories. Among his favorites were times he spent in Connecticut.  He also was the beloved brother, uncle and great-uncle by previous marriage to two sisters, four nieces, a nephew and several great-nieces and nephews.  He grew up in Northeast Atlanta, graduated from North Fulton High School, Hamilton College and Tulane University School of Law. In high school, he represented Georgia at the model United Nations. He was a very active alumnus of Hamilton College and, for many years, kept track of his 1978 classmates’ activities and reported on those. Starting in law school, he played bridge and became a life master and a feared opponent.  He practiced law in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, New Mexico, before discovering his true life’s work, being a financial advisor. He had a deep understanding of finances and helped scores of clients assure a comfortable future, even when they came to him saying that was an impossible goal.  He was married for 30 years (until November 2022) to his ex-wife Brenda L. Mooney, who survives him, and they were active members of Congregation Shearith Israel, Young Israel of Toco Hills (now Or HaTorah) and Congregation Ariel. He excelled at many avocations over the years – growing Old Garden roses, knitting, collecting pottery and overseeing the renovations of the couple’s home. And he was an expert at navigating Disney World, which he and his then-wife visited more than 40 times over a 10-year period as Disney Vacation Club members. In 1992, he was a contestant on the TV show Jeopardy, where he lost to returning co-champions, but was the only one to get the Final Jeopardy answer correct.  He loved Broadway musicals, especially those by Stephen Sondheim, and would break into song at the slightest provocation. He also knew the secret recipe for the Big Boy sauce at Shoney’s, because his uncle owned all of those restaurants from Forsyth County to Forsyth, GA, and he had worked there in the summers.  Marc had many friends and kept in contact with them his entire life, including several from elementary school. Near the end of his life, he moved to a high-rise apartment in Midtown and began to perform standup comedy.  Graveside services will take place 10:30 am, Monday, January 2 at Crest Lawn Memorial Park with Rabbi Mark Kunis officiating.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to American Brittany Rescue, Hamilton College, or Jerusalem House.

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  • Lee Frush

    I knew Marc for over 40 years in the financial services industry. We were friends as well as business colleagues over those years and we fell in and out of touch as our lives and careers allowed. I will always remember our lunches to discuss life, the markets, the economy and of course politics. I learned a lot from Marc and hopefully he enjoyed our sparring as we seldom agreed on much! I regret that I was out-of-touch with Marc at the end but hold very fond memories over a long stretch of years. My heart and prayers go out to his family and especially to Brenda whom he loved dearly and who probably deserves sainthood. Wrong religion but the point is made. Marc's counsel greatly improved the lives and retirement of his clients and in-turn, unknowingly to their children and grandchildren, etc.. A great legacy of service to leave on this earth.

  • Sheila Agasi

    Marc was only affiliated with United Planners for about two years, but during that time, I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know him. I especially appreciated his passion and dedication for his clients wellbeing. He will be missed and remembered.

  • Jeff C Hewitt

    Prayers for Marc's Family and Friends from a fellow Hamilton Grad who resides in Georgia

  • Jonathan Strum

    I remember Marc from the Hill and later from Facebook. Zichrono livracha. May his memory be a blessing.

  • Monica Bernier

    A photo memory from our childhood, a visit to Fort Wayne, Indiana.

  • Judi Kern

    Marc began with a professional relationship as our financial advisor and over the years became a dear friend. His advice was always spot on, although sometimes hard to hear and absorb. He will be missed by many. May his memory always be a blessing.

  • Neil Rubin

    Marc was a friend (and financial adviser) of some 28 years. He was hysterical, brilliant and sometimes a real pain! Ronit and I will miss his occasional visits to Baltimore. He leaves a legacy of integrity, intelligence and dependability. I literally cannot recall the many times I said to my wife, "Let's ask Komisarow. We'll do whatever he says." Marc, your memory is already a blessing. May you knock it out of the park in the big comedy theatre in the sky.

  • Liz Helgesen

    Dear Brenda and family, I am shocked and deeply saddened by this loss. I have known Marc 35 years. I was one of those who, at age 24, believed retirement savings would not be possible, and Marc showed me otherwise. Over many years, his guidance and friendship meant the world to me. All he taught me is a blessing. And so, may his memory be a blessing. With my love to you, Liz

  • Michael Mandzak

    I knew Marc as Mike, it was his stage name while doing Stand Up Comedy. I helped with the class he took and really got to know him and became friends. We lost a very unique soul and I will miss him.

  • Terry Dobson

    Marc became a neighbor when he and Brenda moved into our community in 2019. He was a joy to talk with and though we didn't always agree on how the world should work he did convince me to try reading the novels of Anthony Trollope. Thank you Marc for all the stimulating and enjoyable conversations.

  • Clarence Reed

    Thinking of you all with love and sympathy. I knew Marc from our college days when we both sold books. We reconnected most recently since we both lived in Georgia.

  • Fred Locke

    I did not know Marc, but send me sincere condolences to his family, friends, and loved ones. Thank you for sharing his obituary, a special man of many talents.

  • Janis Avery

    Marc had a talent for making and keeping friends over decades. I feel blessed to have been honored by his friendship. Over the past few years he learned and grew tremendously. In these final months he demonstrated rare courage and grace.

  • Eric A Karl

    I was also Class of 1978 at Hamilton College and, 2 decades later, for five years an Atlanta resident. For Marc's family and loved ones, there is really nothing any of us can say to or do for you to meaningfully ease your pain of loss. Nonetheless, we will pray for the repose of Marc's soul and that God's peace be with you also. For what it is worth, Marc often expressed his love for you. Perhaps in time that will offer some tiny bit of consolation.

  • Penny Watras Dana

    Marc was always great about picking up the phone and calling. We met at college orientation, and through the years, he was always a presence (photo is from the incoming freshmen "facebook"). He was smart, caring, witty, a hard worker, and had an encyclopedic memory, which is why he was so wonderful in his long tenure as our Class Correspondent. He will be sorely missed. Rest in peace, old friend. My sincere condolences to Marc's family.

  • Toni Brown

    Marc in the last months of his life shared with me his “bucket list” if he could have more time. He wanted to take a cruise, go see “Sweeney Todd” when it opens on Broadway, go to London, England, and visit Israel. He also enjoyed performing in Atlanta’s comedy circuit and was starting to get a following. In order to honor his memory, I ask if you are at a comedy club, Broadway musical, on a cruise, visiting London or Israel, think of Marc so that in a spiritual way he is there with you. May his memory be a blessing.

  • Merrill Fliederbaum

    Marc was an extraordinary man. He was generous, funny, and brilliant. He was a devoted friend. May his memory be a blessing.

  • Stephanie B.

    My condolences to the family on your loss. Mr.Marc was one of a kind! He was a ray of sunshine to those who knew him and was a very dear friend. I will miss his stories and witty humor, but most of all his love for life and helping others.

  • David Burgess

    I was a classmate of Marc’s at Hamilton College. We had the distinction of being the only two people from our class who came from Atlanta. He was very friendly and fun to be around, with a wide range of knowledge, many interests, and a keen sense of humor. He made the world a brighter place.

  • Brenda L. Mooney

    Marc in happier times

  • Nakia

    Mr. Marc was an absolute joy to have around the office. Very outgoing, funny and young at heart. He was a lively man that enjoyed telling jokes, and sharing his wealth of knowledge. I'd consider Mr. Marc a wonderful friend. I am so happy I was graced to know him. Mr. Marc will truly be missed. He just knew how to light up a room. I send my deepest condolences. - Warmest Regards, Nakia

  • Walter Kass

    Remembered fondly. Walter

  • Connie Halporn

    So sorry for your loss. He was a great asset to the Kirkland/Hamilton Alumni group He made sure to keep us all in touch--He was such a gem,

  • Tom Busch

    I knew Marc from college, class of 78 at Hamilton, and he always came across larger than life. His sharp humor and wit were legendary, and I'm truly shocked and at a loss for words. As our class notes guy, he was always witty when asking for our updates; I'm so sorry you've lost such a warm and wonderful man in your lives.

  • Rita Lor

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Marc was a good friend of ours and we shall miss him. We have many great memories of our times together that we will cherish always. Rita and Marc Lor

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