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    Richard Tillery

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    Tuesday, March 21, 2023


    Friday, March 24, 2023


    2:00 PM




    Time: Mar 24, 2023 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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    Greenwood Cemetery


    Saturday 9:00 PM

    Sunday 6:30 PM

    Congregation Or Ve Shalom, 1681 N Druid Hills Rd, Atlanta, GA 30319


    The family of Richard Josiah Tillery is sad to announce his passing at age 43 on March 21st. Though his time on earth was cut short, his friends and family know he always lived life on his own terms. 

    Born to Rachel Benator, MD, and Randy Tillery, of Salt Lake City, UT, Richard  was always a lively, principled individual. He was the first to speak up for what he believed in, and he was a friend to all. After high-school, Richard lived in Israel for nearly 5 years and served with the Nakhal Mutznakh 50th Airborne Infantry Brigade of the Israeli Defense Forces. While pursuing his undergraduate studies at the University of Utah, Richard taught Hebrew and Drama to elementary and middle schoolers at Congregation Kol Ami in Salt Lake City, Utah. Richard volunteered for humanitarian missions in Mali, Guatemala, Peru, Bolivia, Belize, Solomon Islands, and Nepal where he assisted his mother in eye examinations, treatment, surgery, and the provision of reading and prescription glasses. After graduating from the University of Utah with a B.A. in Political Science and a B.S. in Economics, he pursued and received his J.D. from Emory University School of Law. As a partner at Gibbs-Tillery Law Firm, Richard brought a well-rounded dispute resolution perspective to all matters, whether it involved a multimillion-dollar or start-up company or what he considered the most important entity of them all, a client family. He brought not only his knowledge and experience, but also his heart into every case. 

    Though he’s gone too soon, he will be remembered for his warmth, his intelligence, his devotion to his family and his devilish sense of humor and upbeat personality by his parents Rachel Benator and Randy Tillery, his sister Robin Tillery, his grandparents Josiah and Birdie Benator,  his long-term girlfriend Amanda Barnes and children, his aunts and uncles, his cousins, and countless friends, colleagues, and clients. 

    A graveside service will be held at Greenwood Cemetery on Friday, March 24th, at 2 pm. 

    After the funeral please join us for a meal to celebrate Richard’s life:

    Boxcar at Hop City West End

    1000 White St SW, Atlanta, GA 30310

    3:30 PM - 6:30 PM

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  • Maureen K Lundergan

    I was so saddened to hear about Richard, your beautiful son. The footprint he left in this life was large. My heart is with you as you grieve.

  • Eric Shapiro

    For a brief moment in time, Rich Tillery crossed my path. It was many years ago… I remember the sparkle in his eye and the laughter. But beyond his age, and typical high school friendships, I remember a unique intensity of passion and purpose. Most of all, I remember his Leadership: an inherent skill, opportunity, and responsibility which Rich fully embraced - and shared. Saddened by this news, I feel fortunate that my path crossed his those many years ago, and I’m strengthened by these memories of a wonderful young man.

  • Brian & Janice Ruggles

    Richard will be deeply missed. He unselfishly gave of himself to so many people. He was a light that burned too brightly. We love you Richard. Brian & Janice

  • Lori Krasny

    My heart is broken at the far-too-soon loss of such a bright and kind light. Richard was a pillar of my son’s time at Kol Ami. Richard’s warmth and friendship provided the much needed guidance that builds other fine young men. May you rest in sweet peace Richard. Your time here on earth will be gratefully cherished and remembered by my family.

  • Jackson Franco Handmacher

    Though I never met my cousin Richard, he sounds like a mensch. My sympathies to the Benator family.

  • Josh Goldberg

    Love you Rich. Thank you for all of the memories. May his memory be for a blessing.

  • Judy Kuniansky

    Rachel, My heart hurts for you with the loss of your son and Mother. May your memories help you heal from the pain and heartbreak.

  • Kris Howard

    Love to you all.

  • Mike Zimmerman

    I remember Richard full of intensity and intelligence, playing some game with us as kids. Always wanting to go, go, go. I am sending my kindest most loving memories and joy to all of you who grieve with me his loss.

  • suzanne Stensaas

    Rich and I send our condolences. The service was so very moving and emotional, even at a distance. Thank you for letting us share this sad moment with you and your family. Your friends here in SLC are here to support you when you return.

  • Suzanne Tornquist

    It is late on Friday night. I just now sat down to read my messages. I am so very sad to read the news of your son Richards death. It’s difficult to take in such a loss and my words fail me. Please accept my sincere regret of your loss. May his memory be a blessing.

  • Anne and David Asman

    We were shocked to hear about Richard. There is nothing to say right now that can ease your pain and sorrow. Just this simple reminder to hold onto the memories…Richard may be gone, but his memories will last forever. All our love, The Asmans

  • May Keller

    Richard was always a light in a dark world, he had an infectious smile that made anyone feel a little better when seeing it. I'll miss you buddy.

  • Gaelle Ramet & Gattegno Familly

    We are very saddened to hear of Richard’s passing and are keeping you all in our thoughts. Sending you love and strength.

  • Kristina Zimmerman

    Randy, Rachel and Robin, I am in stock by this news of Richard’s passing. My heart is breaking for you all. I remember Richard from our kids growing up years and then later through Rachel’s posts about all the medical missionary work he did. What a loss for you and the world. I will hold Richard and all of you in my heart. Love, Kris

  • Laura Sclafani

    I am so saddened to hear of Richard's passing. I recently got to know Richard through work as we were on opposite sides of a case. He was an excellent, ethical, and caring attorney and was a pleasure to work with, which is often not the case in our field of law. He was kind, sincere, and very funny. He will be deeply missed by the family law community. Sending strength and love to his family and those close to him.

  • Joy Fisher

    Sending condolences and strength for this terrible loss.

  • Art and Ellen Hartz

    We are present with Rachel and her family with love and compassion.

  • Madalyn Seaman

    Dear Rachel & Randy I am so sorry to learn of your loss. I cannot imagine your pain. Please know that I am holding your family in my prayers during this most difficult time. Madalyn

  • Barbara and Jim Schallheim

    We are so shocked and saddened by this news. Rich was such a remarkable young man. Our sympathy and love to all the family.

  • Jack and Fran Arogeti

    God bless the dear young man and all he loved and each person who loved him. Our hearts go out to all his loving family and friends. May his memory be for a blessing with his life, generosity, kindness and love for others long long remembered. Sending love and deepest condolences

  • Sheryl Ginsberg

    Rich was the most beautiful young man. His impact on the world will never be forgotten. His smiles, his hugs, his sincerity; what a gift he was and will continue to be. My love to you, his family. Know that he wiill always be in our hearts.

  • Barbara (BJ) Hansen

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. He was a wonderful young man. Gone too soon.

  • Morris Maslia

    Dear Rachel, Randy, Benator and Tillery family: I am so saddened to learn of Richard’s passing. He left us too soon. Thinking of you during this most difficult time

  • Leon and Sylvia Capouano

    Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to all the family. Our thoughts are with of all the Benator family.

  • Magdalena Kovacsovics

    Dear Rachel, my sincere condolences and love. Your beloved son will leave a great void in many lives, especially yours. Sending love to you and your family.

  • Sally Fillebroen

    Oh Rachel, I am so very sorry to hear the news of the loss of you son. My heart is full of prayers for you and your family.

  • Kathleen Digre

    Dear Rachael, you and your family are in my heart today. I am so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you. Kathleen

  • Annabel Sheinberg

    Rachel and family my deepest sympathies to you. Sending love.

  • Lynn Handmacher Chanin

    My heart is shattered with yours on the loss of your precious Richard. Sending you strength and peace…xoxoxo Lynn

  • Elise Meyer

    We are thinking of the Benator family at this difficult time. May his memory be a blessing.

  • Doris Erman Schwartz

    Please accept my deepest condolences for the loss of your cherished son. With time, may your sorrow be transformed into wonderful memories and will bring you comfort and solace.

  • Herbert Miller

    Rachel, I am so sorry. May his memory be blessing. Herb

  • Judith Warner

    I am deeply sorry for the hole in your hearts and lives.

  • Ruby Hammel

    Dear Rachel, my condolences and love to you and your family. Such a tragic loss. Though I didn’t know Richard, I know he was your beloved son. He will live on through you and the many people whose lives he has touched.

  • Edd and Ellen Thorp

    May his memory be a blessing and bring you conform. We are deeply sorry for you loss.

  • Thea Pitzen

    I have nothing but the fondest of memories of Richard from our law school days, and I genuinely can’t imagine there being anyone out there who would say otherwise. I remember him always with a smile, often with a guitar, and never anything but kind. I am deeply saddened to learn of his passing, and my thoughts and prayers are with all who knew and love him. May his memory be a blessing.

  • Al Vitale

    Dear Rachel and Randy, call, iamb so very saddened by the news of the passing of your son. Words cannot express the depth of this loss. Please know that you, your son, and his loved ones will be in my thoughts and prayers daily. Al Vitale

  • Moe and Sherri Soriano

    Deepest sympathy to the entire family for your loss. Our thoughts are with you.

  • Peter Brownstein

    I'm so sorry for your loss. May his memory be a blessing.

  • Janet Light Brooks

    We are so deeply sorry for your loss.

  • Robyn Rogin and Mark Bennett

    We are so, so sorry to hear of your loss! Sending condolences to your whole family.

  • Vivian & David Dowsett

    Sending love and light on this crushing loss. May Richard’s memory be for a blessing.

  • Lynn K. Pershing

    I am so sorry for your loss. The world has lost an outstanding advocate for all that is good in this world.

  • Sam

    I'm so sorry to hear about the sudden passing about Richard. Richard was a special person. We studied together in Israel. I will always remember what a kind soul he was. My deepest condolences to his family.

  • Steve & Kathie Alhadeff

    Richard sounds like a remarkable young man. May his memory be a blessing. Thinking of the Benator Family.

  • Linda Hansen

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Brenda Kaila

    So very sorry for your loss. The world has lost a wonderful young man.

  • Debbie Robb

    Dear Rachel, I am so sorry to hear the news of your son’s passing. Hugs to you friend and prayers for you and your entire family. He sounds like a wonderful man and human being. The world needs more people like him, but our loss is heaven’s gain. May your memories of him sustain you through this time. Love to you Debbie

  • Judge Christopher Brasher

    So saddened to hear of Richard’s passing. He was an excellent attorney who always had a kind word or deed for others. May his memory be a blessing to those who knew and loved him.

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