Bernard E. Taranto, 83, of Atlanta passed away Tuesday, July 5, 2016.

He was adored by his devoted daughters, grandchildren, great-grandchild, his wonderful companion, and his loving family and friends.

Bernard’s passions were golfing and fishing, and his favorite times were spent on the water enjoying a beautiful day with his family. He was born on November 28, 1932, the son of Victoria Terreno Taranto and Ephraim Taranto. Bernard’s mother emigrated from Turkey, and his father emigrated from the isle of Rhodes, Greece.

Bernard spent his childhood in Montgomery, Ala., where he was an active member of the ROTC and president of his BBYO AZA Montgomery chapter in high school. A member of Kappa Nu fraternity, he graduated from the University of Alabama in 1955 with a degree in business. During Bernard’s summers in college, he enjoyed being a camp counselor at Blue Star Camps in North Carolina.

Following college, he was stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, as a proud member of the United States Navy. Bernard married Rosalind Pomerance and they settled in her hometown, Columbus, Ga., where they were both active members of the civic and Jewish communities, including being Hadassah associates.

He began his prominent and long-term career in retail clothing at the Kiddie Shoppe and later opened The Prep Shop, which were beloved by the children and teenagers of Columbus. He is survived by his daughters, Marci Taranto Haber, Lisa Taranto Schiffer (Douglas), and Viki Taranto Stein (Eric); grandchildren: Jared and Justin Haber, Austin and Alexandra Schiffer, and Emily and Amanda Stein; great-granddaughter, Stella Dickson; and loving companion, Leigh Wilson.

Sign online guestbook at www.edressler.com. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 8, at Arlington Memorial Park in Sandy Springs. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Greater Atlanta Hadassah/Hadassah Medical Organization for cancer research, Attn. Randy Gorod, 47 Perimeter Center East, Suite 210, Atlanta, GA 30346.

Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.