Gilbert Paul Sherr, age 59, died suddenly Tuesday, May 26, 2015.
He was an avid gardener, hiker and outdoors enthusiast. Gilbert was a respected professional speaker with expertise in memory improvement. An active member of the New Toco Shul, he was especially beloved by young children, with whom he had a unique connection. A world traveler and adventurer, he made several journeys to the Far East and throughout all 50 states.
As a child of Holocaust survivors, he was a frequent volunteer speaker at the Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, where he emphasized the importance of justice and speaking up in the face of injustice. A trained social worker, Gilbert directed a homeless shelter and served as the interim director of Servas, an international peace organization.
Survivors include his life partner, Judi Ayal; two brothers, Laurence and Joseph (Esther); and a nephew, Ephraim. Donations may be made to the New Toco Shul or Congregation Beth Jacob. A graveside service will be held Thursday, May 28, at 10:30 a.m. at Crest Lawn Memorial Park with Rabbi Chaim Lindenblatt officiating. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.