Mr. Abraham (Abe) Esral passed away Aug. 30 at the age of 86. An Atlanta native, Abe was born on Oct. 20, 1931, to Nathan and Esther Esral. He attended Atlanta Boys High and later Georgia Tech, where he studied to become a chemical engineer. In 1955, Abe married Faye Diamond, also of Atlanta, and together they raised three sons, Mitchell, David and Martin of blessed memory. As a chemical engineer, Abe worked for Tennessee Corp. and Lockheed Martin before starting his own company, Plant Chemical, later known as Technical Chemical Corp. Abe remained active in the company until his passing, despite his medical and physical challenges.
Together with his wife, Faye, Abe was instrumental in building and supporting many Jewish institutions locally and abroad. He was a long-time devoted member of Congregation Beth Jacob in Toco Hills. A pillar of his community, he served loyally on school and synagogue boards and was sought after for his simple, straight approach to problems. He was known as a man of honesty and integrity in his business dealings, communal involvement and personal life. Orphaned from both parents as a child, Abe developed a fierce independence that remained with him throughout his life and carried him through challenging times. He built a life for himself, including a business from the ground up, but more importantly, a beautiful family together with his beloved wife of 63 years.
Abe is mourned by his wife, Faye; sons Mitchell and David and their families; his daughter-in-law, Michal and her family; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Beloved by family, friends and the Atlanta Jewish community, his passing leaves a void in the lives of all those who knew him. The funeral was held Aug. 31 at the Beth Jacob section at Crest Lawn Memorial Park, with Rabbi Ilan Feldman officiating.