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Howard Keith Gross
Chaim Akiva ben Benyamen v Laya Sarah

Thursday, September 14, 2017 (before sunset)

23 Elul, 5777

Friday, September 15, 2017

3:00 PM


Crest Lawn Memorial Park, Atlanta GA

The family will receive guests atthe home of Cynthia Solomon on Saturday from 6-9 pm and Sunday from 3-8 pm. Shiva minyan will be held at 7 pm Sunday.
4968 North Peachtree Road Dunwoody' GA 30338

Please contact Dresslers at 770-451-4999 to send a message to the family.

  • TOPS c/o Georgia Soccer (phone - 770-452-0505 ask for Jade at Extension 111)  2323 Perimeter Park Drive, Atlanta, GA 30341

    Howard Keith Gross of Atlanta passed away Thursday, September 14, 2017 at age 60 due to complications from Multiple Myeloma. He is survived by his wife, Cathy; son, Max and daugher-in-law, Jennifer; son, Aaron and daughter, Lucy; adoring mother, Sylvia "Double" Gross; loving siblings: Michael and Bryan Golson, Cindy Solomon and Marcie and Barry Koffler and family. Howard was born in Pittsburgh, PA. In the mid-60's, he and his family became natives of the "new" Atlanta and lived in the North Druid and Toco Hills area. He attended Briarcliff High School and Georgia State, then worked as a popular 'Bouncer' in the mid-70's at many notable Atlanta clubs. That community called him "Happy Howard". He was a successful home builder and Commercial Real Estate Broker with an instrumental role in the growth  of Rockdale County along side his father and uncles developing popular neighborhoods, shopping centers and ensuring the success of Rockdale Hospital. Howard continued to work in Commercial Real Estate for the majority of his short life, was a Life Director and Spike of the National, Rockdale, Atlanta and Georgia Home Builders Associations.  Howard had a zest for life; always helping those less fortunate and loved rock n roll! You could always catch him humming off key to Led Zeppelin, The Black Crows, Little Feet, Deep Purple, AC/DC and Yes. He was a great fan of Atlanta Soccer, most notably since the family's involvement with the Atlanta Chiefs and supported TopSoccer, a charity for disabled youth. However, Howard's greatest passion in life was his family. He believed in family first, supporting them despite  adversity over the years. He wasn't afraid to show them off to anyone who would listen and could always be seen bragging about his amazingly strong wife, Cathy, to any passerby, playing his daughter Lucy's latest singing recordings to a stranger on the street, discussing his youngest son Aaron's latest business success with any old day laborer, or boasting about his eldest son, Max, becoming a father soon to his neighbors. His family was his biggest pride and joy. Howard also never met a stranger and like his Dad, Ben, knew no boundaries! The family joke is 'No Entry!' signs mean "unless your name is Gross". He was constantly bending the rules, but in the best way possible with a huge personality filled with love and affection for his family, friends, and community. He left a lasting impression and he will be deeply missed, with love. Sign online guestbook at A graveside service  will be held Friday 9/15/17 at 3:00 PM at Crestlawn Cemetery. Rabbi Steven Lebow officiating. The family requests donations be made in Howard's memory to the following organization: by mail - TOPS, c/o Georgia Soccer, 2323 Perimeter Park Drive, Atlanta, GA 30341 or by phone - 770-452-0505, ask for Jade at extension 111. Arrangements by Dressler's Jewish Funeral Care, Atlanta 770-451-4999.

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    The Dressler Family
    May the memories of our loved ones remain for a blessing.
    Giget C Johnson Oct 8 2017 12:33 pm
    We are just learning of Howard's passing. He was family to us. His friendship with my brother, Arthur, was a true expression of love and reliability. He'd show up early morning when he needed to lay eyes on my brother and stay as long as he could. Always a welcome sight to see Howard coming. I pray God's strength upon you as you grieve his loss of life. Know that the his memories will live on through each of you. God bless. -Giget C. Johnson
    Steve AlhadeffSep 29 2017 10:09 am
    To Howard's amazing family, as I was preparing dinner for my family's Yom Kippur celebration this evening, I glanced at the Southern Israelite (Jewish Times) and read Howard's obituary. My heart broke and tears flowed. If you remember Southern Israelite, you know how long I've known whole of the greatest guys in the world! I only have amazingly wonderful memories of this incredible man. I will pray extra long and extra hard for Hashem to cradle his soul tonight and tomorrrow and always.
    Karen FoleySep 25 2017 03:59 pm
    So very sorry for your loss. We will all miss Howard's smile and laughter!
    Barbara & Dick PlanerSep 21 2017 06:33 pm
    Dear All, We just learned of Howard's passing today and were so saddened. Our love and condolences go out to each of you. You are in our thoughts.
    casey durdenSep 21 2017 11:42 am
    Howard truly had a heart of gold! He will be missed by us all. All of us over here at HFR want to express our deepest sympathy.
    funny faceSep 21 2017 09:17 am
    Howard may be gone from our site, but never from our hearts :), he was one of my cousin club buddies!
    Jefferson RileySep 18 2017 04:03 pm
    Howard just came by my office about a month ago. We hadn't seen each other in several years but it was like no time had passed. We laughed and laughed. He looked great! Howard was one of my best friends. I always enjoyed him stopping the office. Everyone at THP will miss him as well. God bless you, Jefferson
    Lorna Elizabeth CrawfordSep 18 2017 11:19 am
    It was with sadness that I heard about the passing of your dear Abba on 23 Elul 5777. Please accept my condolences. May you continue to hold blessed and cherished memories of him in your heart. May you also take comfort and peace from the LORD of peace Who alone is your refuge and strength. Please know that my love, thoughts and prayers continue for you and your family. Love. Lorna Elizabeth
    Karen and Andy Edlin Sep 18 2017 10:57 am
    Our condolences to the entire Gross family. May the memories of Howard be for a blessing.
    Patsy WoodsSep 18 2017 10:48 am
    The Woods Family would like to express our sincere condolences to all of the Gross family, our dear neighbors for so many years, for the loss of Howard. We will be thinking of you in the coming weeks with love and remembering good times on Carolyn Drive.
    David Dabo & FamilySep 18 2017 10:15 am
    Max, I am so sorry for the loss of your father. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Your father been a great friend and Mentor.
    Murray and Lynn FriedmanSep 17 2017 04:23 pm
    Dear Gross Family and to our friend Howard's sister - Marcie, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. His dynamic personality means the entire community will be less vibrant due to his absence. All the best - Lynn and Murray
    Herschel & Jody KahnSep 17 2017 10:20 am
    Our condolences to your family. Jody & Herschel Kahn
    Maury ShapiroSep 17 2017 12:14 am
    Michael, I am so sorry for you and your family's loss.
    Paul LibmanSep 16 2017 02:53 pm
    Deepest sympathies
    Lisa Busch LaMattinaSep 16 2017 01:23 pm
    I am so sorry to hear of Howard's passing. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. With love, Lisa Busch LaMattina
    Ginger WhelanSep 15 2017 07:25 pm
    We are very sorry about your loss. We are thinking of you all. We have grown to have great love for Lucy and are saddened by this loss to her and her family. Thinking of you all.
    LInda & Bill ReifSep 15 2017 05:26 pm
    To the Gross family, we are so sorry for the loss of your beloved Howard. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We love you all.
    Shawneen CarsonSep 15 2017 01:54 pm
    Max, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this difficult time. Please let me know if I could be of any assistance to you. Shawneen Carson
    Donna SalusSep 15 2017 01:13 pm
    Sending love to Cindy, Double, Marcie and the whole family. So sorry for your loss. You have an amazing family! Together you'll help each other through this. My prayers go out to you.
    Kathy BennettSep 15 2017 12:04 pm
    Max, I am so sorry for the loss of your father. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Martha FlemingSep 15 2017 10:55 am
    Max, Thoughts and prayers for your family.
    Ralph AtkinsonSep 15 2017 10:48 am
    Max, My heartfelt sorrow for the loss of your Father. Peace be with you and your family.
    Fran NewmanSep 15 2017 10:40 am
    Cathy and family I am so sorry for the loss of Howard My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family doing this difficult time Fran Newman
    Bonnie and Art SteinfeldSep 15 2017 10:00 am
    Please accept our condolences on the loss of Howard. May good memories keep him close in your heart. Bonnie and Artie
    Connie Sue AllenSep 15 2017 09:08 am
    I am so very sorry to hear this news. Howard was so kind and helpful to me when he worked security here at Philips Tower.
    Terri Katz Sep 15 2017 09:02 am
    Sending much love to you all. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. There aren't enough words to convey the sorrow of what you all are going through. Much love, Terri Katz.
    Brian McNeillSep 15 2017 08:59 am
    Max and family, It saddens me greatly to hear of the passing of Mr. Howard. I work with Max and respect him, therefore I must respect the man who made him. May God's Peace carry you through this sad sad season. With most sincere sympathies, Brian McNeill and the entire Item Processing team at Fidelity Bank.
    Julie MirtsSep 15 2017 08:53 am
    I'm so sorry for your loss and will be praying for your comfort during this difficult time.
    Jean and Bob HawleySep 15 2017 08:11 am
    Our thoughts and prayers are with this special family. Howard and Cathy have been wonderful neighbors here at the Deerings and we will certainly miss seeing that special smile of Howard's. Cathy and family please call if there is anything we can help with.
    Shirley. RichSep 15 2017 07:25 am
    Dear "Double" Marcie andthe whole family, my heart goes out to you.. he will be missed so much please know I feel you pain. Love to you all
    Cathy HarrisSep 15 2017 07:15 am
    Max, I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your Father. My prayers for comfort, strength and support for you, your Mom and your family during this most difficult time.
    Elaine and Gary YoungbloodSep 15 2017 06:46 am
    Our deepest sympathy for your loss. The Gross family will be in our thoughts and prayers. Your memories will keep him always in your heart.
    Mavis IvySep 15 2017 06:22 am
    Howard...always a smile, always laughter and always a deep love and caring for you. My deepest sympathy for you, Cathy, and your family. Love to all of you! Mavis
    John NelsonSep 15 2017 06:10 am
    Beverly and I are so saddened to hear this dreadful news. Please accept our deepest sympathy to you and your family.
    Teresa BentleySep 15 2017 06:00 am
    My thoughts and prayers are with you. May you find comfort in your memories as time passes.
    ShaSha ZipkinSep 15 2017 01:13 am
    Dear Gross Family, Howard was a man with a good heart, and I know that he will be missed. He was a loving husband to his wife when she fell ill. May his memory be a blessing to all who knew him.
    Charles SheronSep 14 2017 11:47 pm
    Dearest Silvia and special Family, I just read the sad news. At the moment I am at a total loss for words. I can only say that it has always been my honor and privilege over these many years to know and be involved with your Family filled with beautiful memories that I will always cherish. Please know my prayers, thoughts and love are with you and your Family.
    Chuck & Deborah LandressSep 14 2017 10:39 pm
    We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you.
    Roz WinstonSep 14 2017 10:04 pm
    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you and especially "Double". May Hashem give you strength in the days ahead.
    Stacey and Doug Thornton Sep 14 2017 09:56 pm
    We are so sorry for your loss. Please accept our condolences.
    Ken and Gayle YeagerSep 14 2017 09:28 pm
    Michael, Bryan and Sylvia, Our thoughts are with you during this time. May your memories of the fun times you shared help you through the days ahead. Love, Ken and Gayle Yeager
    The Gemmel FamilySep 14 2017 08:57 pm
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you mourn.
    Carolyn Maynard the massage therapist Sep 14 2017 08:36 pm
    Cathy and Gross family my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. I will be in touch soon. He is no longer suffering.
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