Deceased Information


    Sam Kaplan


    Thursday, June 22, 2023 (Before Sunset)


    Sunday, June 25, 2023


    3:30 PM





    Sam Kaplan, age 84, died June 22, 2023 at his home in Atlanta, GA.

    Mr. Kaplan was born on November 6, 1938 in Washington, D.C. to parents Ruben and Clara Kaplan. He graduated from Calvin Coolidge High School and proudly served two years in the U.S. Army infantry.

    Following his time in the army, he owned and operated The Copper Penny, a hometown restaurant in Richmond, Virginia. He later worked as a salesman for both roofing and home security companies. He was known to his friends, family and customers as the consummate salesperson and an eternal optimist. Even people who met him for only a few minutes were struck by his charisma, charm and friendliness. His optimism lasted through his last days, when he kept the hospital staff entertained with his jokes and by singing the showtunes he loved.

    His joyful spirit was a constant source of pleasure and motivation for all who knew him. “I could always turn to my dad when I was having a tough time in medical school,” said his son Craig, now a physician. “He always came through with encouragement, comfort and advice.”

    In his earlier years, Mr. Kaplan was an avid snow skier and motorcycle rider, and even piloted small aircraft. He was also quite the handyman who successfully completed many repair jobs at his home.

    Mr. Kaplan loved dining out for special occasions. Nothing was better to him than a Chinese food dinner or a good steak.

    He was also a dedicated animal lover, especially cats. He and his wife donated much of their time and resources to feeding and caring for the feral cats in their neighborhood, even taking them to the veterinarian for healthcare at their own expense.

    He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 58 years, Roxanne Kaplan, and by two sons, Jeff and Craig (husband Brennan O’Dell) and by four granddaughters Ita, Aliza, Racheli and Esther. The longtime animal lover also left behind his beloved “fur babies,” Annabelle, Fiona, Keesa Jane and Peaches.

    As a memorial, donations may be made to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary ( in Moab, Utah

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  • Denver watkins

    I have worked for Mr. and Mrs. Kaplan for 20 years. Two things, among many, I learned from him: Kindness is not a hard job. With courage you can face and defeat all of life's inevitabilities. Rest in peace Mr. Kaplan

  • Ed Feldstein

    Our Monday morning discussion group at the JCC, Talking Heads, lost a dear friend, a loyal participant, a good soul and a wonderful mensch. Sam will be missed by all of us at the group.

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