David Guritz died at his home in Atlanta, GA, on January 26, 2021.
A former officer in the United States Army, David was a graduate of the University of Florida College of Pharmacy and a retired pharmacist. He attended the University of Florida on a ROTC scholarship and was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. After working in Savannah, GA and Jacksonville, FL, Mr. Guritz helped open South Fulton Hospital in East Point, GA serving as Director of Pharmacy Services; he remained at South Fulton Hospital for the duration of his professional career, retiring after 35-plus years of service. David served as President of the Georgia Society of Hospital Pharmacists, receiving the organization’s leadership award. A varsity basketball and football player at Haines City (FL) High School, David remained an avid sports fan and passed his love of sports on to his daughters and grandchildren. His favorite teams were the Florida Gators and the Atlanta Braves; he was present at Fulton County Stadium when Henry Aaron hit 715.
David’s love of sports was exceeded only by his love of his family. His daughters remember that he and their mother were always present at piano recitals and scouting events and that they served as the founding presidents of the PTSA at Atlanta’s Feldwood High School and never missed a band or drill team performance. Together they attended Grandparents’ Day activities at school and enjoyed many soccer games and gymnastics performances and trips to Disney World with their grandchildren. David adopted his daughters’ and grandchildren’s college teams as his own and treated their friends like family.
Born in Haines City, FL, he was the youngest child of Alvin and Esther Guritz. Mr. Guritz is survived by his wife of 63 years, Elizabeth (Purvis) and three daughters, Susan (Paul) Grier of Greenville, SC, Sharon Guritz of Atlanta, and Sandra Guritz of Atlanta. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Hayward and Elizabeth Grier, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and brothers, Bob, Mike, and Jim.
David Guritz was a quiet man who lived a life of loyalty, patience, and kindness. His legacy lives on in his daughters and grandchildren who cherish his memory and mourn his passing.
A private family service will be held in Savannah, GA with burial in Greenwich Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Office of Development and Alumni Affairs, University of Florida College of Pharmacy, PO Box 103570 Gainesville, FL 32610, https://www.uff.ufl.edu/give-now/.
Susan, I am so sorry about your Dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May GOD bless you all with comfort and peace in the days to come.
- Anne Coble, Greenville, SC
Susan, I am so sorry to hear about your dad. I know you loved him very much. Dads are so special to daughters. Sending hugs and love to you and your family during this sad time. My prayer is that you all find peace and comfort in the love you shared.
- Vicki Grice, PIEDMONT, SC
Hinton Starling and family wish to express our sympathy for your loss.
- Sherry Ellis, Nevils, GA
Elizabeth and family, I am so sorry to hear about David. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. My mother was Alvarine Starling, who was daughter of Eliza Purvis Starling.
- Annette Goodrich, Pembroke, GA
Susan, I am so sorry about your father. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this time. God bless you and your family.
- Nancy Fowler , Spartanburg , SC
Sharon, I was so sorry to hear about your Dad. My prayers are with you and your family.
- Anita Gibson, Fayetteville, Georgia
Our sincere condolences Susan to you and yours. Peace be with you all.
- Janie & Ronny Dillard, Mauldin, SC
A gentle giant of a man with a servant’s heart, a selfless nature, and a love of family that has blessed us all with many happy memories. He lives forever in our hearts... our loss is heaven’s gain.
- Irish family, Savannah, GA
Susan, I was sadden to hear of your father’s passing. My heart hurts for you. Please accept my sincere condolences. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers
- Margaret Pitcher, Simpsonville , SC
Susan, I am so sorry to read that you have lost your father. He certainly lived a full life and made a real impact in his world.
- Sharon Howell, Greenville, SC
A wonderful smile, easy to laugh and uniquely wonderful. Kindness beyond bounds. I have known many wonderful people but there are none that I would consider a better man than David Guritz. I wish I could have been there to hear Christ say "Well done my son, well done!" when he arrived home.
- Skipper Irish, Irmo, South Carolina
You and your family will be in my prayers during this difficult time. God bless.
- Noel Church, Simpsonville, SC
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
- A Private Service Will Be Held