Howard Jess Chaliff passed away peacefully Feb. 9, 2020. He was born in 1933 in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Irwin and Ida Chaliff.
He graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in civil engineering. This led to a successful career in Atlanta, serving as senior vice president of Parsons Brinckerhoff, from which he retired in 1988. While there, among other things, he was one of the original project managers for the MARTA rail line.
After retirement, he was hired as a consultant to finish the stalled rapid rail line project in Taipei, Taiwan, finishing the project in three months. During his career, he also worked in Brazil, Venezuela, Israel, Texas, New York and California. He received a distinguished service citation from the city of Los Angeles for his input on various projects.
Howard was known as a fun-loving, responsible family man, who enjoyed taking the entire group on many cruises and vacations. He set a wonderful example for his children, grandchildren and all who knew him. Howard was an avid bridge player and admitted terrible golfer who enjoyed charitable work, civic responsibilities and playing the ukulele. While in ukulele class he met his future companion, Beverly Struble, and they enjoyed 19 years together. He always referred to her as the “love of his life.” Survivors include son Michael (Marla); daughters Susan (Neil) Moskowitz and Joanne (Tim) Cole; and grandchildren Jason, Pamela, Ryan, Jake, Carly and Savannah. He is also survived by his loving companion Beverly Struble and his dog Buster. He was predeceased by his brother, Jimmy Chaliff.
The family would like to thank Dr. Thanmaya Reddy, her staff and the staff at Towne Club Windermere for their kindness and care.
Graveside services were held Feb. 12 at Arlington Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Canine Companions or CURE Childhood Cancer. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.