Deceased Information


    Guenther Hecht

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    Thursday, June 15, 2023 (Before Sunset)


    Tuesday, June 20, 2023


    2:00 PM




    Topic: Funeral Service of Guenther Hecht

    Time: Jun 20, 2023 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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    The Hecht family will be receiving guests on Tuesday, June 20, at 4PM at Temple Sinai.



    Guenther Herman Hecht, 95, of Alpharetta, GA passed away on June 15, 2023. Born in Bielefeld, Germany, his family came as refugees prior to WWII. He enlisted in the US Navy after graduating high school and went on to study at NYU. In the later years of this career in retail, he became a Vice President of Rich's Department Store which is what brought his family to Georgia. After retirement, he founded a non-profit food rescue, Second Helpings, in Hilton Head, SC. It has collected over 3 million pounds of food and donated it to charities throughout the low country. Then in 2004, he started another Second Helpings, in Atlanta, which has been just as successful. Guenther loved traveling the world with his wife, bike riding, and swimming. He is predeceased by his parents, Leo and Herta Hecht, brother, Arthur Hecht, and son, Daniel Hecht. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Louise Hecht, son, Laurence Hecht, grandchildren Mallori (Curtis) Potts and Amanda (JonEric Krye) Hecht, and great-grandchild, Calvin Potts. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Temple Sinai or Second Helpings Atlanta. The graveside funeral will be held on Tuesday, June 20th at 2pm at CrestLawn Cemetery, Rabbi Brad Levenberg officiating, with a gathering of remembrance at Temple Sinai from 4-6pm. Arrangements made by Dressler’s, 770-451-4999.


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  • Denis Sackett

    Gunner was such a warm, friendly, engaging gentleman. We grew to know each other through his legacy of Boy Scouting as a youth in Queens NYC. He had a wonderful influence on so many young people, many he never met, but his works stood for a long time. May his memory be a blessing to all who knew him.

  • Thomas Fuller

    I met Gunther near the end of his life , but early enough to feel his warmth and appreciate his intelligence. We played chess twice, first according to rules and later according to comfort. Gunther was a joy to me, and Louise an inspiration. Included here Gunther sings a song he wrote. What a lovely man!

  • Jackie Metzel

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  • Guenther Hecht

    Dear Louise and Larry and family, My deepest sympathy on the loss of your beloved Guenther. He was such an accomplished man. I admired his drive to combat hunger. He organized a team to prevent the waste of food, to collect and redistribute it. It was a holy endeavor. He will be remembered. My deepest love to all.

  • Wendy Probst

    Dear Louise and family, I am very sorry to hear of Guenther’s passing. I worked with him at Rich’s in the late 80’s. He was always a very generous and thoughtful man.

  • Pam Hoffman Reynolds

    Danny, I am sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in happy memories, and may your father's memory be for a blessing.

  • Lew and Phyllis Kravitz

    Sending our heartfelt condolences to Louise and all the family. We will miss "Gunner".

  • Barrbara & Dick Planer

    Dear Louise and family, Our deepest sympathy to you on Guenther's passing. He was so warm , friendly , and genuinely to see you. I miss our touching base at the Breman when we would see each other. May his memory be for a blessing.

  • Amy Abramson

    May Mr. Hecht's memory be a blessing.

  • Jean Cooper

    We are so saddened by your loss

  • SHIRLEY Leaderman Bernes

    Dear Louise and family, I was so sorry to hear about Guenther’s passing away. He truly was a very special person who made the world a better place. I loved working with him on Second helpings, and he will always be someone that I admire. Shirley Leaderman Bernes

  • Howard Fagin

    Always loved being with Guenther. He was special and unforgettable.

  • Patrice Cohen

    Larry and family, My deepest condolences to you and your family about your father's passing away. May his memory be a blessing. He was quite the Rich's man and a wonderful neighbor to me on Carolyn Drive many years ago. Sending hugs and prayers to you and your family.