Obituary: Bennie Auerbach, 94

Obituary: Bennie Auerbach, 94

Michael Jacobs

Atlanta Jewish Times Editor Michael Jacobs is on his second stint leading the AJT's editorial operations. He previously served as managing editor from 2005 to 2008.

Bennie Auerbach, 94, passed away Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, in his home.

Bennie Auerbach
Bennie Auerbach

Affectionately known as Bobo, he was born in Atlanta, where he attended Boys’ High School before serving in the Army Air Corps during World War II. While in the service, he married Sylvia Pamarance, also from Atlanta. After the war, he worked with his father, Abe Auerbach, and his brother Sam at the Auerbach Furniture Store, but he made his career in the real estate industry. He loved working in partnership with his brothers Leon and Hymie. In business as in life, Bobo was honest and generous, and all who knew him understood that his handshake was as good as a contract. He took great joy in helping other people succeed and would go to any length to ease the suffering of not only friends and family, but also strangers.

Bobo loved football and was a holder of Atlanta Falcons season tickets since their arrival in Atlanta in 1966. Many friends and acquaintances attended the games over the years because of his largesse. With his father, he was a member of Congregation Shearith Israel and was responsible for its relocation from Washington Street near Turner Field to University Drive in Morningside. After the death of his father, he joined Congregation Beth Jacob, where he continued to enjoy attending services until his death.

Bobo Auerbach was predeceased by his first wife, Sylvia Auerbach, with whom he had three daughters, Elaine Alexander (Peyton), Sheryl McCormick and Jill Auerbach (Tim Crimmins). He was proud of his six grandchildren, Dorie Mufson (Mike), Stacy Morris (Gary), Joshua McCormick, Casey McCormick, Sydney Shaffer (Jeff Roizen) and Mickey Shaffer, and his special niece, Shelley Pamarance Alperin. He had three great-grandchildren, Alex and Wyatt Mufson and most recently 2-year-old Paul Morris, whose frequent visits brought joy to his great-grandfather. He was also preceded in death by his brother Sam; his sister, Betty Cohen; and his second wife, Florence Berger Auerbach. He always wanted to live out his life in his home, which was also the home of his parents, Minnie and Abe. With the support of his daughters, sons-in-law, grandchildren and caring caregivers, his last wish was made possible.

A graveside service will be held Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, at Greenwood Cemetery. There is an online guestbook at In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to One Good Deed, 1308 Vista Leaf Drive, Atlanta, GA 30033; Congregation Beth Jacob, 1855 LaVista Road, Atlanta, GA 30329; Atlanta Scholars Kollel, 1959 LaVista Road, Atlanta, GA 30329; or the charity of one’s choice. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.

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