Deceased Information


    Sam Draluck

    Shimon Feivel


    Saturday, July 01, 2023 (Before Sunset)


    Monday, July 03, 2023


    10:00 AM




    Meeting ID: 874 0830 1757

    Passcode: 919176


    Greenwood Cemetery


    Shiva will be observed at the home of Harriet Draluck

    2948 Sequoyah Drive NW

    Atlanta, GA 30327

    *Monday, July 3

    Guests will be welcome to visit 6:00-8:00 p.m. Services at 6:30 p.m.

    *Tuesday, July 4

    Guests will be welcome to visit

    2:00-4:00 p.m. with Mincha at 4:00 p.m.

    *Wednesday, July 5

    Guests will be welcome to visit

    2:00-8:00 p.m. with services at 6:30 p.m.



    Sam Draluck passed away on July 1, 2023, just shy of his 98th birthday.

    Born July 31, 1925, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Sam was the oldest son of Rose Glustrom Draluck and Norman Draluck. They immigrated to Atlanta where in 1952 he met and married Atlanta native, Harriet Rosenbaum, daughter of Sarah Pazol Rosenbaum and Louis Rosenbaum, and became a prominent local businessperson.

    He is survived by his wife of almost 71 years Harriet, children Marci (Howard), Ronny (Bonnie), Merrill and Jonathan (Oren); grandchildren Dov (Alondra), Noah, and Louie (Goldie) Pine; Mark (Abby) and Ross (Hillary) Draluck; Doran and Adon Draluck; and Shiri and Yannai Shamay-Draluck; great grandchildren Micah, Margo, Penelope, Marion and, born last month, namesake Sammy; brother Marvin (Barbara) and sister-in-law Sharon Draluck; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, brother Maurice, and sister- and brother-in-law Esther Rosenbaum Buchsbaum and Aaron Buchsbaum.

    His parents Rose and Norman were Ukrainian immigrants who met in Bucharest, Romania where they had been sent by their families to find work. They departed from the Constantia port to Canada. Shortly thereafter Sam was born and given the name Shimon. As a teenager, when not caring for his baby brother Marvin or skating on Ontario’s frozen lakes, he and Maurice would ride the train to Toronto where they hung out at the JCC. His father was a talented tailor and craftsman who began a fur business. But the family also attributed its success (and their well being) to the savvy that Sam brought to bear.

    When he was a single young man, his family moved to be near his mother’s cousins in warmer Atlanta. Sam immersed himself in the community. He helped at his father’s grocery store on Piedmont and Auburn Avenues. He connected with other yiddish speakers and newcomers. To develop a social and professional network, he got himself sponsored to join the Progressive Club on Techwood Avenue. He cultivated local business relationships, from Sig Samuels dry cleaners, where he was a customer nearly his entire life, and Callaway Motors in Decatur, to an array of trusted associates and counterparts. And he took dance lessons from one of the prominent entertainers at Atlanta’s famous African American night club, the Royal Peacock.

    Sam loved his life with Harriet. Through the years they enjoyed extensive travel, friends and music. For decades they participated in a monthly gourmet group, dressing up and cooking up delicacies of other cultures and geographies. They got accustomed to overseas travel as it became vogue, traversing Europe both with tour groups and in rental cars, and visiting Asia, Australia and New Zealand. In their numerous trips to Israel he had a chance to meet long-lost first cousins from his considerable ancestry who had immigrated from former Soviet countries.

    On each journey he struck up conversations and bonded with locals as was his way. As a result, he would come back full of fun, little-known cultural facts. And as a connoisseur wherever in the world he went, he would sample his reliable and safe entree – fresh salmon.

    He appreciated classical music and opera and was a decades-long season ticket holder of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Together with Harriet, as founders of the original Ahavath Achim Synagogue Cultural Arts Committee and co-chairs for over 25 years, they were able to chart out a musical program of their own, bringing talent to play chamber music. Sam mingled with the musicians and took pride in managing the stage door.

    His passion became real estate. In 1953, while taking business courses at Georgia State University, he decided to sit for the agent licensing test on a whim and in 1957 he acquired his brokers license as well. As president of Draluck Realty Company, he built a reputation as a tenacious, creative and honest proprietor over a 60+ year career. After decades of accolades in the Atlanta Board of Real Estate’s Million Dollar Club, his accomplishments were crowned on receipt of the Silver Phoenix Award by the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors.

    His personable approach and perseverance in real estate enabled him to fashion the most complicated transactions, navigating celebrities and stalwarts sometimes over years to get to closing. Sam called himself a matchmaker, as he enjoyed putting the buyers and sellers into romance situations. He was adept at dividing multi-unit dwellings into manageable and sellable income properties, doing so from Vine City to Roswell Road. Although his office was on West Peachtree Street for many years, he often conducted business in the field, unreservedly driving to meet up with folks wherever they were in the metro area. With deals always in the pipeline, he stuck it out night and day, and especially during tough times, to make the most for his business and family.

    Real estate was entwined in every part of his life. The phone rang off the hook during family dinner time from those who wanted to catch him, their names indelible among giggling children at the table. One client gave him a steer. For his 90th birthday, party guests attributed their past flirtation in commercial real estate to the inspiration they drew from Sam. He mentored Merrill and Marci. He organized business lunches regularly. He developed a reputation in the Progressive Club’s mens’ health club, papers and plats in hand, offering real estate in the steam room and sitz bath. And several years into his career, at the behest of a client who sought his pastor’s blessing, he met Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The next Sunday from the pulpit of Ebenezer Baptist Church before his entire congregation, Dr. King recommended doing business with Sam Draluck.

    Sam scarcely realized he retired. He had a banner year in his 80s and vacated his last office in Buckhead only after the building was slated for demolition, but continued to work the phones as long as he could, looking for leads that could satisfy his investors’ needs. He remained in his element – meeting and connecting with people – for almost 20 years as an active exercise class participant at the Piedmont Fitness Center. He loved the bike and as the oldest and most tenured there, was quite popular, pedaling until just a few weeks ago.

    Sam felt most blessed around his loving family and the warm home that he and Harriet created. He always took a keen interest in his children’s pursuits, offering cautious advice when he could. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren who affectionately called him, Saba. His face lit up on Shabbat and holidays as the grandchildren davened and led in song. He will be sorely missed.Funeral will be at Greenwood Cemetery. Please refer to Dressler’s website for date and time of funeral and shiva.In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Ahavath Achim Synagogue Dressler's Jewish Funeral Care, 770.451.4999

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  • beverly zoblotsky

    Bonnie, so sorry to hear of the passing of your dear father-in-law. Please extend my sympathy to the family.

  • Mimi Siegel

    Sorry to hear of your loss. May he rest in peace. Mimisiegel

  • The Larenas Bogdanic Family

    We are very saddened by the passing of your dear husband, father, grand and great grandfather Sam. We send you all our love and deepest condolences. En gan eden ke este.

  • Janice Metzel

    Dearest Harriet, Marci, Ronny, Merrill, Johnathan, and entire Draluck Family, I am so very sad for your great loss of dear Sam. I pray you find comfort with time. My deepest sympathies and much love to you all.

  • Ed Rittenbaum

    My deepest sympathies on your husband's/father's passing. He was a kind and generous man. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time. May his memory serve as a blessing.

  • Michael Garber

    May your father be in the highest realm of Gan Eden.

  • Wendy and David Klarman

    We feel blessed to have known Sam. What a wonderful person he was and he took pride and joy in all his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. With deepest sympathy and love Wendy & David

  • Sylvia Leland

    Marci, I was so sorry to hear about your father. You were a wonderful daughter to him and I know he will be missed. May his memory be a blessing.

  • Sandra Gladstone

    So sorry to hear this news. I will not be able to attend the funeral as Neil will be in surgery at the same time. Please know that I am thinking of you.

  • Rosalie and Stephen Lowy

    This is a very sad time. Our hearts are broken ? over Sam's passing. He was one of the kindest honorable people we have ever known. Harriet and family we send you hugs and our deepest condolences.

  • Connie Kirk Jacobs

    Marci, so sorry to hear about your dad. May he be a blessing to you and your family. May he be inscribed in the book of life, and may G-d heal you knowing he is in a better place.

  • Jan Harris Rabinowitz

    Dear Draluck family, What a wonderful life Sam lived! I knew him best as Marci's father. He will be a huge loss to the family. My sympathies are with you all. Jan

  • Merel and Jerard Cranman

    We are saddened to hear the news. Sam was a remarkable gentleman. It has been an honor and pleasure to be with him and Harriet ,these many years of BookClub. His memory is a blessing for the family , and all who knew him. Our sympathies , Merel and Jerard Cranman

  • Cecile Waronker

    Marci So sorry to learn of your father's death. Please accept my sincere sympathy.

  • Larry and Stella Gordon and Betty Ann Shusterman

    Sam and Harriet were neighbors of mine while growing up on Sequoyah Drive and I was fortunate to have been a member of the cultural arts committee that Sam and Harriet chaired. I will always treasure the time Sam and I spoke, whether it be at the AA Synagogue or bumping into him in Decatur. I was happy to hear how active he was until just a few weeks before his passing. Our condolences to the entire Draluck family.

  • Anita & Max Eidex

    What a lovely obituary for such a nice mensch, who will be missed by all who knew him. Our condolences to the whole family.

  • Jackie Metzel

    Dear Family, My heartfelt sympathy to each of you. Your beloved Sam Draluck was such a dear friend. Your family and mine shared so many happy times together. I send each of you my love.

  • Randy Berger

    Merrill and Family, Sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. He had an incredible life. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time Randy Berger

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