CARL NORMAN FRIEDMAN
September 9, 1945 - February 7, 2022
It is with great sadness that we announce the loss of the beloved patriarch of our family, Carl. He passed away peacefully from a rapidly progressing illness on the evening of February 7, 2022. He will be sadly missed by his wife, brothers, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, extended family and friends.
Carl demonstrated a strong desire to help those in need at an early age. He achieved BSA Eagle Scout status, Order of the Arrow and continued with Explorers while still in his early years of high school. He worked at BSA summer Camps and taught life-saving skills. He served as a Collins, NY volunteer fireman and also volunteered his time in community service programs to uplift others.
He graduated with a BS from MSU in KY. He was a member of the Teacher Corp in Buffalo, NY for his MS and worked on a doctorate program at the University of Buffalo. He always joked about graduating “ABD,” (all but the dissertation)! He eagerly continued on a life-long path of learning over the years, whether it was for fun or his career.
He was a member of high school and college wrestling teams, the Schenectady Curling Club, enjoyed playing golf, bowling, antiquing, camping and fishing in the Adirondacks, and even a few games of the neighborhood Thanksgiving Day touch football game.
Carl always shared his love of nature, animals and God with his family and friends. He began his Catholic faith journey in Morehead, KY with a beloved priest, Father Edward Haggerty, who not only guided Carl through his studies in Catholicism, but celebrated the Sacraments of Marriage and his children’s Baptisms. Carl’s spiritual journey continued to strengthen throughout the years, completing a two-year program with the Albany Catholic Diocese.
He retired after serving 38 years with the New York State Department of Education. He loved his career. He always looked forward to the challenges and rewards of helping parents, students, and school personnel in need of guidance. He was a member and served in leadership roles for the New York State Attendance Teachers Organization
and the International Association of Attendance Teachers. Early on in his career he was an Assistant Principal, and while at BOCES developed award-winning programs to assist students with their path to the future.
He cared for and was always ready to help those in need.
He took on challenges in a steadfast manner with determination. His zeal for life was infectious. He inspired our entire family to live life, enjoy the journey and most of all love….
Carl wished to be cremated. There will be a Catholic Mass and Burial Service on Saturday May 7th at 11:00AM at Church of the Assumption 20 East Avenue. Fairport, NY. with Burial to follow at White Haven Memorial Park in the Maplewood Mausoleum.
In lieu of flowers, etc. Carl’s wishes would have been to make a donation to your choice of one of these charitable organizations in his name.
God’s Blessings to all. Our family is grateful for your love and support during our time of grieving.
The Family of Carl Friedman
Franciscan Friars of the Atonement
40 Franciscan Way
Garrison, NY 10524
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