Deceased Information


    Jack Deleon

    Yaacov ben Ezra v Alegra

  • AGE



    Sunday, January 08, 2023 (Before Sunset)


    Tuesday, January 10, 2023


    11:00 AM




    Meeting ID: 851 0868 5023

    Passcode: 351470


    • ❖ Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research

      Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163-4777

    • William Breman Jewish Home

      3150 Howell Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA 30327

    • Weinstein Hospice

      3150 Howell Mill Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30327


    Jack Deleon entered this world May 21, 1934, and died January 8, 2023. He was beloved by everyone he met. A soft-spoken, shy man, Jack was a great listener. Whenever anyone stopped by his office at Piedmont National, where he worked for 53 years, he dropped whatever he was doing for his visitor. Like his sweet wife, Stella, he put everyone else first.  Born in Seattle, WA to Ezra and Alegra Deleon, Jack was the eldest of three brothers: Stan predeceased him and Vic, the youngest, still lives part-time in Washington state. He graduated from Garfield High School where he played trombone in the marching band. Then he worked for Boeing for three years while attending business school. In 1952 he joined the U.S. Navy, serving two years active duty and four years in the Reserves. While still a sailor, he was introduced to Stella Franco by his Aunt Mary, also Stella’s aunt. He soon knew that this cute, vivacious girl was the one for him. He was discharged from the Navy January 1 and married his sweetheart January 18, 1959. Jack began selling life insurance for Life of Virginia, but when he learned about a position at Piedmont Paper Company from his brother-in-law, he applied and was hired. He worked his way up, becoming vice president of Purchasing for many years, retiring at age 79 as vice president of Materials Management. He was devoted to his job and spent many Saturdays working at Piedmont. A longtime member of Congregation Or VeShalom, Jack served as vice president, treasurer, and co-chairman of the Or VeShalom Israel Bonds committee. He was a jogger and ran the Peachtree Road Race, spending many hours at the gym.

    Jack and Stella were together 64 years and had two children, Edward and Kathy, both of whom adored him, emulating his selflessness and work ethic. Survivors include his beloved wife and partner Stella Franco Deleon, Edward and Kathy Deleon, Victor and Judy Deleon, sisters-in-law Susan Deleon, Betty and Burt Handmacher and Jeanie and Albert Marx.  Graveside services will be held 11:00 am today, January 10 at Arlington Memorial Park with Rabbi Josh Hearshen officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163-4777 or the William Breman Jewish Home, or the Weinstein Hospice.  Dressler's Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999

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  • Bob Antin

    So very sad to learn of Jack’s passing. He was a sincere kind man and gentleman. Being employed at Piedmont for 24 years I spent a lot of time in Jack’s office talking about many things; always willing to listen and offer an opinion. I spent many Saturday mornings at the office along with Jack. Piedmont was lucky to have as their employee for so many years. RIP

  • Jack Arogeti

    When family and friends lovingly shovel earth backer the burial site, it is said that we ask forgiveness from the deceased for any transgressions we may have made to him or her and we each forgive them for transgressions they may have toward us. Many years ago, dear Rabbi Ichay, of blessed memory at a particular occurrence of this, with a deep reflective heart, said (as I recall) we ask forgiveness of anything we have done wrong and forgive ( that particular person) for anything they may have done wrong to us. He then added. "Which in this case, I seriously doubt" ! Meaning, he could not imagine that individual having ever said - or having ever done - anything wrong to anyone. I think that well applies to dear Jack Deleon. I can't imagine anyone Ever saying any thing unkind about Jack... and especially can't imagine him Ever saying or certainly doing anything unkind about anyone. As kind a man as any I've met. God bless dear Jack and all those he loved so much.

  • Helena Ohana

    So sorry to hear of your loss. May his memory be a blessing.

  • Rick Blue

    Jack was such a kind and caring person

  • Jody Steinberg

    Stella, Ed and Kathy I am so sorry for your loss. I know that Jack has left a hole in your hearts that it will be hard to fill. I hope your hearts are full of great memories to sustain you through this difficult time. May his memory be a blessing.

  • Erik and Nancy

    Stella, Kathy, Edward and all of Jack's family. We are so sorry to hear of Jack's passing. Having moved to Timothy Drive, Jack and Stella were two of the first people we met. They warmly welcomed us to the neighborhood and into their lives. The obituary captures Jack wonderfully, he was quiet, but whenever we asked a question about him, he always quickly pivoted to ask about us and our families. He was one of a kind and will be missed. Our sincere condolences and love.

  • Leah Franco

    Jack DeLeon was a sweet, kind, wonderful man. I humbly claimed him as a dear friend. Leah Franco

  • Jan Freeman

    Jack was a brilliant source of great knowledge and guidance as well as a personable and thoughtful friend. He had a keen sense of humor and it was always enlightening to be in his presence. Memories of Jack will always be a blessing.

  • Ronald E Chanin

    Jack was such a quality person, father, uncle and friend. Always friendly and caring toward everyone. We will all surely miss him.

  • Jackson Franco Handmacher

    Uncle Jack DeLeon was a soft spoken, gentle and kind uncle. He was a good man, a mensch. Words can not express the sorrow that I feel for Aunt Stella, Edward and Kathy. Our Franco family will never be the same without him.

  • Eric Feldman

    Jack was a kind, sensitive friend. I was privileged to work closely with him for over 35 years. Rest In Peace.

  • Phyllis Beck Kurtzman

    Dear Stella and family, very sorry to see. You both had a long marriage and a Beautiful Long Life Together. Has been years since we saw each other. We never got together after running into one another. N’side Chic. Condolences to you and yours.

  • Phyllis M. Cohen

    So sorry to read about Jack's passing and your family's great loss. The obituary captured his and Stella's sensitive and caring essence and their love beautifully. Jack's dedication to OVS was inspiring, and he will be missed and remembered at our congregation. My heartfelt condolences to all the family...

  • John Fisher

    Fond memories of Jack. He was a sharp businessman who always reserved time for a smile.

  • Jenny Mosteller

    Jack was a special man. When I first came to work at Piedmont National 12 years ago, he was so welcoming. Every morning we would run into each other in the breakroom and have coffee and chat. I think of him often and would always ask about him after he retired. He will forever have a special place in my heart. My sincerest condolences to the family. He was much loved!

  • Andy Berke

    Jack was a wonderful man. Taught me a lot about the packaging industry.

  • Mike Johnson

    Jack hired me. Great boss. Very respected. He will always be remembered.

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