Obituary: Robert Dreyer

Obituary: Robert Dreyer

The longtime head usher at Or VeShalom died at 93 on Wednesday, March 1, after battling pancreatic cancer.

Robert Lewis Dreyer passed away Wednesday night, March 1, 2017, at the age of 93.

He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on May 3, 1923, but called Atlanta home the past 50 years, 48 of which he was married to the love of his life, Ernestene Betsill Dreyer. No one fought pancreatic cancer harder than he did. Robert was involved in the National Association of Women’s and Children’s Apparel, serving as national president. He was a major advocate for his fellow traveling salesmen. After forming his own company, Bureau Match, he furthered his support of his peers by matching them with the perfect manufacturing jobs. As a member of Congregation Or VeShalom, he was head usher for 30 years.

He is survived by his loving wife, Ernestene Betsill Dreyer. He was predeceased by a daughter, Karen Dreyer Friedman, and is survived by adoring children Sherri (Jerry) Kramer, Barbara (Ed Green) Pomer, Barry Dreyer, Tricia Dreyer, Alan Dreyer and Susan (Tim) Nichols. His 11 grandchildren lighted up his life; Kelli Meyer, Ryan Phillips, Hilary Phillips, Emily Nichols, Eric Nichols, Russell Dreyer, Joshua Blanton, Zack Pomer, Alex Pomer, Sloane Dreyer and Holden Dreyer will miss his enormous presence in their life.

Sign the online guestbook at Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 5, at Congregation Or VeShalom with Rabbi Hayyim Kassorla officiating; burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Weinstein Hospice or Hadassah Greater Atlanta. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.

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