Deceased Information


    Jack Goodman

    Yaakov ben David v. Malka

  • AGE



    Saturday, August 19, 2023 (Before Sunset)


    Wednesday, August 23, 2023


    10:00 AM




    Meeting ID: 894 4981 6764

    Passcode: 738140



    Jack Irwin Goodman, passed away on August 19, 2023, at 11:50 am, 1 month and 9 days short of his 89th birthday, He was born  in Norfolk, Virginia, to David and Mollie Goodman September 28, 1934, and was their only child. In Norfolk, he attended Taylor Elementary, Blair Junior High and Maury High School, where he graduated with the class of 1952. During those years he made lifelong friends, many of whom were part of his group, informally known as the “Big Men.” Jack grew up on Gates Avenue and became interested in a girl from down the street named Dorothy “Chickie” Walner. Jack and Chickie attended parties and dances together all through high school. Jack also served on the Coast Guard reserve during high school. 

    After high school graduation,  Jack attended the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, where he joined the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity and majored in business. He joined Army ROTC, served on the JAG corp and attained the rank of 2nd Lieutenant.  Even though he enjoyed his time at Bama, he still missed the girl he left at home, so after his sophomore year in college he proposed to Chickie. He came home to Norfolk, attended Old Dominion University and worked before he and Chickie were married on June 28, 1956. They returned to Bama together, where Jack finished up his degree and then moved to Williamsburg, Virginia so that Jack could attend Law School at William and Mary. He graduated from Law School but decided to pursue a career in Mortgage Banking, a profession he worked at until the age of 81. The mortgage business took the Goodmans from Virginia to Atlanta,  Georgia in 1962. In 1965, they welcomed their only child, Amy, and the family became a trio. Jack founded the very successful Mortgage Associates in Atlanta before selling the company and temporarily retiring, until he became stir-crazy and joined several other mortgage companies.   He was a Master Mason and 32nd Degree Shriner in the York Rite. 

    The Goodmans were founding members of Temple Sinai. Together they enjoyed traveling the world and fine art but for many years, Jack’s passion was golf. His other abiding passion was University of Alabama football. He loved being Poppy and the birth of his grandson Noah, was the highlight of his life. After his beloved Chickie died in 2008, he stepped in to be involved with all aspects of his grandson’s life. In 2016, Jack, Amy and her husband, Gary, bought a house together, where he had his own apartment and they lived in relative harmony for several years. His personality, full of quick wit and sarcasm, often hid his gentle side and his life of hidden philanthropy, paying the medical bills of multiple employees and helping out family members. He considered himself a “High Holiday Jew” but cherished the ritual fellowship of the holidays, at both his home with Chickie and the home he later shared with his children. Growing up without pets, he became a wonderful pet parent and later pet grandparent to a cadre of dogs: McTavish, Farfel, Scooter, Tybee and Lena, who loved her Poppy so much that she passed away later on the same day. 

    Jack was predeceased by his parents, of blessed memory, his beloved wife, Dorothy Jean “Chickie” Walner and his granddog, Lena. He is survived by his daughter, Amy Michelle Goodman Abramson and son in law, Gary Abramson, grandson, Noah William Abramson and granddogs, Scooter and Tybee. He is further survived by multiple cousins, two of the “Big Men”, Howard Kesser and Boris Schwetz , his bonus daughter, Robin Angeloni and his devoted helper, Patrice Bonnen. He leaves behind many friends to cherish his memory and remember that, no matter what, Jack was a charismatic man with a deep, sometimes hidden heart of gold. 

    Funeral services will be held at Arlington Memorial Park Wednesday, August 23, 2023 at 10:00 AM.  Dressler's Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999

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  • Jackie Metzel

    Dear Amy and family, I am so sorry for your loss of your beloved father, Jack. He was such a wonderful man. I remember our early days at Temple Sinai and his dedication to the congregation. I send you my love.

  • Carol Nemo

    Amy Dear, the news of your sweet Dad’s passing saddened me very much. I know how much he loved you and you him. Sally spent many happy days at your house & she was also very fond of him. I’m sending you my love and deepest condolences. May his memory always be for blessing.

  • Dr.and Mrs. Joel Engel

    Rest in peace. Many years of remembering you and Dorothy.

  • Phil Kranz

    Dear Amy: I want to extend my sincerest sympathies to you on the death of your father. You were fortunate to have had two remarkably wonderful parents. I always enjoyed my encounters with them over the years. Just know that you and your family are in my thoughts at this sad time .

  • Paula Wynne

    Dear Amy, I am so sorry to hear about your beloved father! May you find comfort and strength in the days to come from your beautiful memories. Sending much love and my deepest condolences. May his memory always be for a blessing!!??