Lawrence George Gats, 86, of Canton, Ga., passed away March 21, 2021 peacefully at home, surrounded by his loved ones. He was born April 27, 1934 in the Bronx, N.Y., to Abraham and Dora Gats née Cohen.
Lawrence began his long and successful career in sales at an early age. He lived in New York for many years before moving to Palos Verdes, Calif., to start a business. It is there that he perfected his sales skills and built the many business relationships he kept throughout his career and lifetime. He eventually left California and opened up another business in Kennesaw, Ga., in 1993. He moved his family and invested his time and energy into making the business successful.
In 2003, he and his wife Elizabeth moved the business to Ball Ground, Ga., where it still runs today. Lawrence was also a veteran of the army. During the Korean War, he was stationed in France.
He loved to travel, and often took his family on trips. His last big trip was a lifelong dream for him. He visited Israel in 2016 with Elizabeth and daughter Tanny. He also loved spending time with his children and grandchildren and was known to all as a “character,” who did not miss an opportunity to joke around. He was dedicated to the business and worked at the office up until just before his passing. Family, friends, and colleagues will miss him dearly.
He is survived by his wife Elizabeth, children Tanny Davidson, Aaron Gats and Rachel Niederer, son-in-law Mark; grandchildren Maddeline Gildemeister and husband Eno Gildemeister, Amber and Justin Davidson, Wallace and Morgan Niederer; sister Esther; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Lawrence was laid to rest March 24 at Riverside Cemetery in Saddle Brook, N.J. In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations in Lawrence’s name to Congregation Beth Israel, 795 Brannon Road, Cumming, Ga. 30041, or online at www.jewishforsyth.org. Click on “donations.” Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.