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GROSS, Howard Keith 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 was held Friday 9/15/17 at Crestlawn Cemetery. Rabbi Steven Lebow officiated. The family requests donations be made in Howard's memory to the following organization: 1. By Mail- TOPS c/o Georgia Soccer 2323 Perimeter Park Dr, Atlanta, GA 30341. 2. By Phone: 770-452-0505 ask for Jade extension 111. Arrangements by Dressler's Jewish Funeral Care, Atlanta 770-451-4999.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from Sept. 15 to Sept. 17, 2017
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