Abe Gaynes, son of Benjamin and Betty Ginsky, died in Atlanta Sept. 17, 2019, at the age of 97. He was born in Odessa, Ukraine, was raised in Newark and Irvington, N.J., and graduated from Irvington High School. He was a member of an anti-artillery unit in the U.S. Army during World War II.
As a teenager Abe met the love of his life, Yolanda, at the Jersey shore and they married upon his return from his military service. They raised their family in Millburn, N.J., where they lived for 35 years. Abe was the owner of Red Star Paint and Wallpaper in Irvington for over 20 years.
He had many hobbies, including a keen interest in nature, but he especially loved tennis, which he played for 40 years.
Yola and Abe retired to Boca Raton, and then to Delray Beach, Fla. They enjoyed a life filled with travel and tennis. In 2009, Yola and Abe moved to Atlanta to live near family, where they remained until their respective deaths.
Abe is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Bruce and Shelley Gaynes; daughter and son-in-law Leslie and Richard Gelfond; grandchildren Melissa (Adam) Lowy, Wendy (Gary) Strauss, and Jonathan, Melanie and Carley Gaynes; and five great-grandchildren: Ryan and Devin Lowy and Gabby, Julia and Maci Strauss.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Weinstein Hospice in Atlanta, the Michael J. Fox Foundation, or a charity of your choice. A funeral service was held Sept. 20, 2019, at Congregation Beth Shalom. A family burial followed. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, Atlanta, 770-451-4999. Sign the online guest book at www.edressler.com.