CandleSteven Richard Franco, 53, of Atlanta, died Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013.

Steven, a native of Atlanta, graduated from The Galloway School before attending The Georgia Institute of Technology, where he earned a B.S. in civil engineering. His lifelong career was with A M Franco Engineers, a firm founded by his late father.

He was a devoted family man and loyal to his many friends. He loved spending time with both his close friends and relatives, especially his nieces and nephew. Steve always had a twinkle in his eye and the uncanny ability to make people laugh and feel right at home. He will always be remembered for that barrel of a laugh and his huge heart.

There were no strangers to Steve Franco. He led a full, fun-filled life. Steve was very active in and committed to his synagogue, Congregation Or VeShalom, where he served on The Board of Directors. He was instrumental in the formation of Andee’s Army, a foundation established for supporting children with brain injuries, and served on their board as well. Steve passed peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was so grateful for the care and support provided by the staff at Atlanta Cancer Care.

Survivors include his wife, Cathy Shure Franco; mother, Marjorie V. Franco; brother and sister-in-law, Alan and Susan Franco; sister and brother-in-law, Sylvia and Bryan Lavine; nieces, Ilana Lavine, Caroline and Elizabeth Franco; and nephew, Carter Franco. He was preceded in death by his father Aaron M. Franco. He loved his two dogs, Mike and Buster.

Sign the online guest book at www.edressler.com. A graveside service was held at Greenwood Cemetery, Wed., Aug. 7, 2013 at 11 a.m. with Rabbi Hayyim Kassorla officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Congregation Or VeShalom, 1681 North Druid Hills Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30319. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, Atlanta.