Obituary: Leon Goldstein

Obituary: Leon Goldstein

Leon Goldstein was born in Atlanta to Abe and Ruby Goldstein on Oct. 15, 1925.

Leon Goldstein was born in Atlanta to Abe and Ruby Goldstein on Oct. 15, 1925. After serving in the navy and going to Emory University, he met his wife, Betty Cohen Goldstein, z”l, and they were married for 68 years and had four children: Bobby, Steven, Gail and Janet. Leon worked in the family business, Prior Tire Company, until he retired in 1999. He always said, “I failed in retirement,” and took pride in his work as a mediator at the Justice Center of Atlanta. He was involved in B’nai Brith, the ADL and Ahavath Achim Synagogue. He was known for his kindness and an optimistic attitude. He was an avid reader of academic nonfiction and shared deep conversations with his grandchildren. He was best known for his daily responses to “how ya’ doing?” NEVER BETTER. His best Never Better times were when he was with family and dear friends. He loved being with his wife Betty. He loved travelling with “The Bums” childhood friends, going to the lake house and to Hilton Head with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In his later life, he enjoyed breakfast with his new friends at The Piedmont and sitting on the bench at Chastain Park with Marilyn Landau. Leon Goldstein is survived by children, Bobby (Liz) Goldstein, Steven (Karen) Goldstein, Gail (Lyons) Heyman, Janet (Sam, z”l, Richard Friedman) Schatten and grandchildren Jared (Amanda) Heyman, Adam (Kim) Goldstein, Mindy (Lou Metcalf) Goldstein, Sherri (James) Nighbert, Scott Heyman, Jeff (Kimary) Schatten, Blair (Zack) Beasley, Alan Schatten, Carly (Roy) Godzanker, Todd Schatten, Michael (Yani) Schatten, sister, Betty Ann Shusterman, sister-in-law, Harriet Miller, and 11 great-grandchildren and many nephews and nieces. Graveside services took place Jan. 9 at Arlington Memorial Park, Sandy Springs, and is viewable via Zoom link posted by Dressler’s for those who prefer to attend virtually. Leon’s children and family appreciate your love and care during this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to AA Synagogue, ADL [Anti-Defamation League] and Weinstein Hospice. Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.

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