Stuart Flome, age 75, of Atlanta died peacefully surrounded by his family at Hospice Atlanta on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, after fighting a brave battle against metastatic prostate cancer.
Born Jan. 24, 1943 in Queens, N.Y., to Albert and Beverly Flome, his fondest memories of growing up were playing stickball in Brooklyn and cheering for the New York Yankees, especially during the Mickey Mantle years. He played football, baseball and basketball at Forest Hills High School. Upon graduating in 1961, Stuart served in the Air National Guard and was active during the Berlin Crisis. When he returned home from serving his country, he studied at the University of Vermont. While in college, he had the honor of trying out for the Detroit Tigers as a pitcher. He earned a spot on one of their minor-league teams and fulfilled a childhood dream.
After his baseball career ended, Stuart moved in 1968 to Atlanta, where he began his 50-year sales and managerial career in the garment hanger industry. That same year, he met and married Bonnie Nager. They had two children together, Jennifer and Jeffrey Flome of Atlanta.
Stuart was an avid baseball and golf fan and player, hobbies he passed down to his son, Jeffrey, and his grandsons, Noah and Bryce. As well, music served as the soundtrack to his life, and whether at home or in the car, he always played Elvis, Buddy Holly, Rod Stewart, Leonard Cohen and other legends. He passed on this appreciation of music and lyrics to his daughter, Jennifer. Stuart was also known for his impeccable style and was always dressed to the nines in his favorite designer, Ralph Lauren. The great joys of his life were his children and his grandchildren. Among all the titles Stuart held in his life, “Grandpa Stu” was his favorite one.
Stuart is survived by his daughter, Jennifer Simmons, her husband, Warren, and her stepson, Bryce, of Atlanta; his son, Jeffrey Flome, his wife, Traci, and their children, Noah, Jordi and Izzy, of Atlanta; his siblings, Robert Flome and Barbara Flome of Apple Valley, Calif.; dear relatives Bonnie Lass, Rob McLean and Cindy Flome; as well as two nephews and three nieces.
The family would like to thank the Visiting Angels organization and offer special thanks to caregivers Nicole Harmon and Shawn Gilmore for their compassion, friendship and skilled assistance, as well as Hospice Atlanta and Weinstein Hospice for making Stuart’s final days comfortable and peaceful.
A funeral will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at Arlington Memorial Park, 201 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, with Rabbi Joshua Heller officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, Hospice Atlanta, Weinstein Hospice and Congregation B’nai Torah are appreciated. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.