Deceased Information


    Sidney Kirschner

  • AGE



    Tuesday, February 21, 2023 (Before Sunset)


    Thursday, February 23, 2023


    1:00 PM




    Shiva will be held at the home of Ron and Lori Kirschner on Thursday, February 23rd from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Minyan at 7:00 p.m.) and on Saturday, February 25th starting at 6:00 p.m. (Minyan will be at 7:30 p.m.)

    1076 Trailridge Place, Dunwoody, GA, 30338


    • ❖ Judith L. Kirschner fund at The Temple

    • ❖ Jewish HomeLife (“The Jewish Home”).


    Sid Kirschner, 88, left this world on February 21, 2023. In Sid’s 88 years, he accomplished, both personally and professionally, the unfathomable for many. Sid was a tireless volunteer, successful businessman and most importantly terrific husband, father and grandfather.

    Sid was born in Canada but grew up in the Bronx. He was an avid Yankees and NY Giants fan. He attended Stuyvesant High School, where he may have spent more time throwing dice then going to class.

    A set of fluke circumstances lead Sid to the New Mexico School of Mining where he earned his degree as a Mining Engineer. When Sid boarded the bus from New York City to Albuquerque, he never looked back.

    After college, Sid moved to LA, where he met his late wife, Judy Fishman. They were married in 1957 and brought three beautiful children into this world. In 1964 the family relocated to New Jersey for what was just the beginning of Sid’s continual upward movement in the business world.

    In 1973, Sid received a phone call from Atlanta based National Service Industries that would re shape his family’s life. With the unwavering support of his wife and kids, the family made the move to Atlanta and Sid went to work for NSI as a Group Vice President and eventually became the CEO of this publicly held company.

    Sadly, Sid lost his wife, Judy in 1986. Sid had a remarkable ability to always move forward, to appreciate what he had in the past, and to live in the present. With the support of his kids, Sid did exactly that.

    Sid went on to find his current life partner, Carole Kelley. Carole has been a devoted wife to Sid for 35 years. Together they traveled both near and far and enjoyed everything life had to offer, always sharing in the pleasure of life with their family.

    In 1991 immediately after his retirement from NSI, Sid was recruited to be the CEO of Northside Hospital. After that retirement Sid became the headmaster of the Davis Academy, then the CEO of the Piedmont Heart Institute, and lastly Head of the Piedmont Foundation.

    More important to Sid then his business accomplishments, was his belief in giving back to the community. Sid spent countless hours volunteering in numerous capacities at The Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, Jewish Family & Career Services, The Davis Academy, the William Breman Jewish Home, and many other organizations.

    Sid will be missed by many, but most specifically by his family. He is survived by his wife, Carole; his three children, Ron (Lori) Kirschner, Lisa (Mark) Greenberg, and Lori Kirschner; his five grandchildren, Josh (Dana), Brad, Haley, Jamie and Noah; and his great grandson Jordan.

    There will be a Memorial service at The Temple at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 23rd. Shiva will be held at the home of Ron and Lori Kirschner on Thursday, February 23rd from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Minyan at 7:00 p.m.) and on Saturday, February 25th starting at 6:00 p.m. (Minyan will be at 7:30 p.m.) Donations may be made in Sid’s memory to the Judith L. Kirschner fund at The Temple or to Jewish HomeLife (“The Jewish Home”).


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  • Jerry and Elaine Blumenthal

    Dear Carole - We send our condolences on the loss of your beloved Sidney. We were out of town. We know that you enriched his life immeasurably. We hope that in time happy memories will become consoling. With caring and admiration, Elaine & Jerry

  • Jody Steinberg and Roy Wagner

    Dear Carole, Ron and Lori, Lisa and Mark, Lori and all of Sid's family, of whom he was so proud, we are truly sorry for your loss. Sid was an amazing, kind, good-hearted and amazingly accomplished mensch, who set an example for all of us on just how much difference one person can make with each act of kindness and commitment to justice. His memory is already a blessing to so many, and will endure for generations to come. We are truly sorry for your loss, and wish you comfort and joy in your wonderful memories of Sid. Jody, Roy, Danielle and Roni

  • Carol Morgan

    I have fond memories of working with Sid for 10 years at NSI. I was fortunate to work with him early in my career as I considered him the gold standard as a leader. His positive influence on our city was boundless. What a tremendous loss. Sending love and blessings to Carole and his family.

  • Louise and Bob Gerber

    We had the honor of knowing Mr. Kirschner for many years. He was always there with a welcoming voice and a helping hand.

  • Victor Cordero

    Just by reading about him, was simply enough to get to know that the earth was honored to have him on board. our deepest sympathies to the entire extended Kirschner family.

  • Ben and Vicki Williams

    Our deepest sympathies go out to Carole and her family, including Lisa and Mark Greenberg. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Sidney was such a dear and caring person. He will be missed by all who knew him.

  • Judith (Judy) Finkel

    Our family met Sidney when he was CEO of Northside Hospital and we were in need of Board approval to administer a clinical trial cancer drug to prolong our daughter's life. Sid convened a telephone board meeting immediately, got the drug approved and extended our daughter's life for fourteen months. Our family is eternally grateful for that gift of life. Rest In Peace have more than earned your place in heaven.


    This community has lost one its greatest assets! Not only missed by his family but by everyone who knew him and especially those that received his advice.

  • Brenda Fiske

    Sidney was my first boss who became my life-long mentor and friend. Always the smartest, calmest and coolest person in the room. His loss leaves us with a gaping hole in our lives but the extraordinary impact of HIS life is permanently etched in our world. My love to his entire family.

  • Eugene Turner

    I send my thoughts, prayers, and best wishes to the family. As a resident of Atlanta who was born and raised here, I appreciate Mr. Kirchner's contributions to city.

  • Tara Reddish

    Deepest condolences. Mr. Kirschner left a lasting impression at NSH. As a new nurse living in a new city I felt honored to be selected to attend one of the employee lunches with Leadership (Mr. Kirshner) my first year. A great listener ,mentor and lead by example. Thank so much for all your hard work and dedication. Prayers of comfort and strength during this time.

  • Carol and Jules Sherwinter

    We are so sorry for your loss. May your many happy memories remain a source of comfort.

  • Kim Blass

    As a young professional just out of college, I worked in the marketing communications department at Northside. I had the privilege and opportunity to write for Mr Kirschner a couple of times, and I remember being so nervous. Need not have been—he was always a kind and gracious man.

  • Kenneth Reish

    Ron, Lisa, and Lori…So sorry for your loss. May his memory be a blessing.

  • Shena Leverett Brown

    My thoughts are with you, Carole. I am wishing you and your family peace and comfort as you remember Sid's exemplary life.

  • Monica Hum and Bruce Tupper

    We will always remember Sid dearly. He will live on in all of the people he mentored and all of the causes he loved. Our deepest condolences for your family.

  • Daniel Kingloff

    I unofficially met Sidney indirectly as I was a shareholder in NSI but met him officially when I moved my orthopedic practice from downtown to Northside. He was the opposite of what I'd been expecting; he was always open to seeing me and was most helpful to me in and after my transition uptown. He was sorely missed by me at his retirement from NSH as I'm sure he'll by missed by all others to whom he is related and all those others who knew him.

  • Diane & David Levy

    We have lost our dearest friend. Our thoughts and love go out to you Carole, and all of Sid’s beloved family.

  • Koffler Family

    Ron and family, so sorry for your loss. He was a remarkable person. May his memory always be for a blessing.

  • Louise W McLean

    So very sorry for your loss. Mr. Kirschner was a great leader at NSH and at Piedmont. He will be missed.

  • Raul Blanco

    My condolences to the Kirschner family. Sid was such an amazing man. He was always so approachable and had an amazing gift in enabling others to be better. I am better for knowing Sid. He will be missed.

  • Debbie Gramling

    I worked with Sid at Piedmont Healthcare. At the time, I was Secretary to the Board. I remember Sid as an amazing, wonderful man. Although he was a senior executive, he was always professional, courteous and kind to everyone. He was very well respected and one of my favorite people in our Piedmont family. I am so sorry for this great loss but I know how well he loved his family and his community. My sincere condolences.

  • Stephanie Barnhart

    Sending my sincere condolences to Carole and the rest of the family and wishing you all peace in the days ahead.

  • Mimi Siegel

    Dear Carol Sorry for your loss. Sidney will be missed by many. He was a great man . You are in my thoughts and prayers Many hugs, Mimisiegel

  • Brett, Louise and Connor Samsky

    Carole and the entire Kirschner family, I was deeply saddened to hear about Sid's death. Sid's gave me advice that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Part of how I see the through world is through his eyes. So sorry for your families loss.

  • Lew and Phyllis Kravitz

    Fond memories of Sidney. We send our heartfelt condolences to all the family.

  • Neil Keener

    Carole and family, Sid's mark on my life was indelible. In addition to our working relationship, he was always a patient sounding board as I navigated life's challenges. I'm thankful to have known him and my prayer is that God's grace will shepherd you as you move forward without his physical presence.

  • Linda S Diamond

    Sending our thoughts to the Kirshner family. There is no doubt his memory will be for a blessing.

  • Mark and Donna Fleishman

    To the Kirschner family -- Sid was one of our heroes...In business...In the community... over lunch or brunch when he told us stories of his life. He was a true mensch. His love for Carole and his family was always evident in everything he said or did. I was honored that he trusted my PR opinion through the years as he brought his wisdom to companies, schools, hospitals, and the Piedmont Foundation. His memory and legacy will remain with all who knew him and loved him.

  • Sandy and Dave Abrams

    Carole and family sending our heartfelt condolences . A star has been dimmed but the brightness he brought will live forever.

  • Richard Walker

    Condolences to Carol and family on the loss of Sydney, a remarkable, talented and kind man.

  • Elisa Faye Levy

    On behalf of my husband, Miles Rich, and me...our condolences to the entire family. May your memories of Sid give you comfort in the days ahead and be a blessing. We remember him with fondness and for his wit.

  • Patricia Daniel

    When I started at Northside Hospital in 1993 Sid Kirschner was not only the head of the hospital, but he became a mentor and friend to me and my family. He was always open to listening and giving sage advice. I will always remember Mr. Kirschner as a man that had a love for the employees at NSH and the community. He lived a good and exciting life. My thoughts and prayers go out to Carole and the family. This giant of a man will never be forgotten.

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  • Valerie Miller

    So very sorry for your loss. May his memories live on. Sending love to your family.

  • Sheila & Merrill Wynne

    Carole & Family. We were so sad to hear of the loss of Sid. Sid was a remarkable individual and always there for those in need that came to him. Sid’s passing is a tremendous lost to our community. He will be greatly missed. May his memory be a blessing to all that knew Sid and loved him. Much love, Sheila and Merrill.

  • Charles Sheron

    Carole and Family, Sid left this world a better place and made a difference. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Jerry Glazer

    Mr. Kirschner was an incredible businessman and mensch. He did so much for so many in our community...

  • Eric M Robbins

    The wisest person in any room. Always knew what to do. May his memory be blessing.

  • Harold/Janis Kirtz

    Our heartfelt condolences go out to the Kirschner family. Sid was an absolute mensch!! He will be missed by all in the community. We knew him most through his work as Head of School at Davis; his heart and mind were totally devoted to school and its students and families. May his memory be for a blessing.

  • Jill Auerbach

    Josh and Kirschner family, What a big loss. Sending my sympathy to the family. There will be many wonderful stories for Jordan of his great-grandfather.

  • Morris & Susan Socoloff

    Susan and I are heart broken at the loss of Sidney. He was a wonderful friend and an asset to mankind.

  • Jennie and Macy Moret

    Carol and family: We are so sorry to hear about Sid. He was a giant leader in the Jewish community and will always be remembered. You two have been a strong, giving couple to the Atlanta community and were by each other's side working together for worthwhile causes. May wonderful memories you have of him help you through this difficult time.

  • Jay Tenenbaum

    Ron and Lori, so sad to hear. He was a giant among men. My thoughts are with you

  • Martin Isenberg

    Sidney was a wonderful and decent human being. I had so much respect for him. Phyllis and I will miss him. Thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.

  • Harriet Spanier

    Dearest Carol, I am in Charleston and just heard about Sidney. Jack and I not only loved Sid but held him in the highest esteem. The world was lucky to have Sidney. There won't be another one like him. Love to you and entire Kirschner family, Harriet, Beth & Amy May his name be for a blessing

  • Nancy Isenberg

    Sid was a positive impact on everyone he touched. I remember his love of family friends and community. His gift of personal responsibility for everything he did will be the legacy he leaves us. May he rest in peace and his memory will be for a blessing


    Sidney was a true mensh. I wish the entire family Long Life. Roy Cobb

  • beth ann taratoot and harvey gray.

    Sid touched so many lives. He never met a stranger. He made the world a better place with his kind and generous soul. Our condolences to the family. May he rest in peace.

  • Martha Jo and Jerry Katz

    Sending love and deepest sympathy! Sid was someone we admired more than words can express. He will be missed. May memories in the heart bring comfort to the soul.

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