MARGARETVILLE — Nathan Friedman, Brooklyn born and bred, just shy of his 91st birthday, passed away peacefully after a short illness on June 18, 2013, in Sarasota, Fla., surrounded by family.
He was born July 9, 1922, and was married to Matilda (Chernotsky) for over 48 years until her death in1998.
He is survived by loving son, Henry Friedman and his wife, Susan Carle, and their son, Joshua of Bethesda, Md.; and loving daughter, Heidi Friedman and her husband, Eugene Doughtery of Woodstock, and their daughter, Alexandra Doughtery of Brooklyn. Nathan’s grandchildren were the light in his very blue eyes. Many nieces and nephews and friends were also part of Nathan’s strong family circle including Mina Zikel of Sarasota who shared his life for the last 10 years.
Nathan and Matilda raised their family in New Jersey and Nate owned a men’s clothing store in Westfield for many years. He had a devoted customer fan base from as far away as Sweden and one who wrote an article about Nathan and his store for the New York Times. Many customers remained friends for life.
Nathan and Matilda raised their family with a strong sense of social justice, participating in peace and civil rights marches, and a devotion to many causes for peace. Nathan had a deepened empathy for all people.
He loved music — from the blues to Pete Seeger, from Ramblin Jack to the Beatles. As a youngster he and his Brooklyn friends were Billie Holiday groupies.
But it was when he and Matilda moved to their little blue house on the stream in Roxbury, that his creative juices truly began to flow. Nate was always drawing designs on little scraps of paper, ideas for future art pieces. He began to create sculptures welded together from found objects-many antique farm equipment, salvaged from the local dump they enhanced this Catskill landscape. His interest in outsider art and children’s art lasted a lifetime. He kept pads of paper and charcoals and paints for all the children when they visited.
A celebration of his life will be planned for a later date.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 23, 2013, at the Hynes Funeral Home, Margaretville, with Rabbi Gerald Friedman, officiating. Committal will follow at the B’Nai Israel Cemetery, Fleischmanns.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Roxbury Arts Group, Roxbury, NY 12474.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Hynes Funeral Home, Margaretville.