Family-Placed Death Notice
Jonathan Ross Barkan, 39 of Atlanta, Georgia, passed away on Friday, December 7, 2007. Born in Hackensack and raised in Fort Lee, New Jersey, Jon was a graduate of Fort Lee High School. Jon was a lifetime New York Giants, New York Rangers and Chicago Cubs fan and had a deep love of sports. After attending Northeastern University in Boston, where he majored in journalism, Jon became a reporter for the Lansing State Journal in Lansing, Michigan. After moving to Washington, D.C., Jon covered hockey and other sports news for USA Today. Jon moved to Atlanta to work for CNN where he helped create cnnsi.com and later became Director of Video Scouting for the Atlanta Thrashers. Most recently, Jon was a Director of Digital Media for GCI Group. Jon also is a founder of insidecollegehockey.com. Jon's passions included music, politics, watching professional sports, playing golf and poker, blogging, and spending time with his children. He was actively involved in the Jewish Community, including serving on the board of Hillels of Georgia, volunteering at the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta and as a member of B'nai Torah and Temple Sinai. Jon was active in politics where he served on the executive committee of AIPAC and was Chair of the Political Leadership Network of Atlanta. One of his proudest achievements was serving as co-chairman of the Annual Golf Tournament at the Alfred and Adele Davis Academy where he helped develop the event into one of the largest fundraisers of its kind in this city. He was also a graduate of the Wexner Heritage Program. After moving to Atlanta, Jon met Elizabeth Davis. Jon and Elizabeth were happily married for seven years and have three children, Abigail, Miriam and Benjamin. For all of Jon's accomplishments, he will be best remembered for his role of husband, father, son and friend. In addition, he is survived by his parents, Neil and Judie Barkan, Atlanta; grandmother, Lila Frankfort Phillips; mother and father-in-law, Ann and Jay Davis; brother-in-law, Richard Davis; and grandmother-in-law, Matiel Leffler. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 11 at 11:00 AM at The Temple (1589 Peachtree Street, Atlanta 30309) with Rabbi Alvin Sugarman, Rabbi Ron Segal, and Rabbi Joshua Heller officiating; burial will be private. Sign on-line guestbook: www.edressler.com. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Davis Academy, 7901 Roberts Drive, Atlanta, GA 30350, American Israel Education Fund, 980 Hammond Drive, ste 775, Atlanta, GA 30328. Arrangements by Dressler's Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.
Published in Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Dec. 10, 2007.