My deepest sympathy goes out to your family. May the God of all comfort grant you peace during this difficult time.
I was a Lucy Morgan fellow in 1999 and had the pleasure of being invited into the Friday home for lunch to celebrate the award they were sponsoring. What lovely, warm people who care about students at a very personal level. Thank you for the very lovely memory and your belief in me as a student.
Mr. Friday, you will always be remembered.
The death of President Friday is truly a sad day for all UNC alumni. He was a friend of my parents Bill and Charlotte Smith. I was always told that Bill was one of the first visitors to come see me as a newborn in their apartment on McCauley St bearing a UNC Tarheels tee shirt to make sure I know where I would proceed to college in the future since I was actually born at Duke University Hospital in the midst of a snowstorm in February of 1948. I heeded President Friday's instructions and entered UNC-CH as a freshman in September of 1966. Like him, my Dad, Bill, who passed away several years ago, my blood will also always run Tar Heel blue. He was truly an inspiration for all those of us who had the pleasure to know him. Our prayers are with the family and I know there is a joyous reunion in heaven of those Carolina boys.
Met and interacted with Mr. Friday during the Martin Administration . Truly a real and great Tar Heel and will be missed . My condolence to the family
I never met him but did watch many of his shows. A fellow Tar Heel....I found myself crying when I heard of his passing. God bless his family and know he is in good hands at the side of the Lord.
My deepest sympathy to the family on the loss of your loved one...In time, as your heart heals, you will find comfort and peace in the memories you have to cherish.(James 4:8)
I was blessed to have met Bill Friday in person during 2007 and 2008, when he presented his thoughts on leadership development for our Agency. (Prior to these meetings, I had always watched his show in complete awe of how he made people feel secure and at ease --even those he disagreed with!) For a small framed man walking with a cane, he had such a BIG smile and presence about himself. As he spoke, his disposition made it to where by the end of the presentation, you would think he was well over six feet tall…. His words not only lifted your spirit, it made your eyes dance in wonderment. My heart cries in sorrow for the lost of this great NC gem!!
May God Bless his family and provide them with comfort as they heal.
Jack and I send you, your Mother and your sister our deepest sympathy on the loss of your dear Father. We trust that our prayers will be of some comfort as you celebrate his great life. Love,Jean Miller
I will miss seeing him on unctv. Iam from Dallas also and new his relatives, Mr.& Ms. Grady Friday. Ms. Friday was my school teacher & Mr. Friday was our postmaster. All the Fridays that lived in Dallas, NC were liked & respected. My condolence to his family. Larry Rankin
i was not born in n.c. nor did i attend any of its colleges. but i loved mr. friday. i learned more about this state watching his pbs show, and i will miss him very much. his family is in my prayers. chris casey, raleigh
A gentle giant has passed away. Bill Friday will be missed in North Carolina.
Peace to his wonderful wife, and family. God bless all of you.
Bill Friday was a friend and a mentor to us when we are Carolinain the 50's. We will miss his sage advice and warm concern for us.
Saralyn and Gene Oberdorfer
I had the honor of knowing Mr. Friday from 2001 to 2007, serving him coffee from an on-campus coffeeshop twice daily and seeing him otherwise. To his wife and family whom I do not know, perhaps it is some consolation for you that those that pass on we carry with us in our memories as we remember them, with all their strengths and virtues, the rest of our lives. In that way, they never leave us, and we can be glad that we had them as long as we did. My condolences.
Helen Chasson, MSW
It's almost like I was a family friend
way back in the 70's as a staff employee
when I would encounter Bill Friday on
campus and he always stopped to say
"HI" but stopped, I mean, never continued to walk away. It made me feel very secure and happy to have
this wonderful man in my liftime.
My husband also felt the same way
as we both were secure in our positions
at the university.
GrGran Ellis, Tucson, AZ
What a blessing to our state. Peace to the family.
I will always cherish our conversations on education. May God bless Ida and family.
Bill and Ida Friday were good friends. They joined us at every PTA meeting at Estes Hills Elementary and Guy B. Phillips Junior High School. There open-door policy at the President's mansion on Franklin Street was amazing. I cannot think of any instance in his public career where he made a mistake. His judgment and his heart were always in harmony. He was an active and crucial supporter of Carol Woods Retirement Community, where we now live.
I feel truly blessed for having met this amazing man. He was compassionate, caring, humble and truly a friend to all. RIP, Sir. Your memory will live on in the hearts of those who knew you.
I am so proud that President Friday's signature is on both of my diplomas. My son was able to visit him at his home. Thank you President Friday for touching so many lives in North Carolina.
I will always cherish the diploma I earned (class'73) containing
Dr. Friday's signature. Truly a giant in the field of higher education in our country.
I will miss him and his advice. I am greatful for the influence he has had on my life for over 45 years. My favorite quote, " always make other people's problems your problems and you will be a happy and successful man".
I'm so graceful forwhat Bill Friday did for my son. He made it possible or my son to become a very successful labor attorney by attending UNC at Chapel Hill.
President Friday , You are one of those once in a lifetime people that North Carolina was lucky to have you at the helm!!!I only wish I could have given you some of my years to continue on with one fantastic acomplishment after another!!Thank you in no way is sufficent for all you have done!!! Thanks Again, Ken Pearson
Friday AND University Day. Thank you and God bless.
We as North Carolinians have lost one of our greatest treasures. He was such a great representative of our state. I never met him, but feel his loss already. His statue and presence will be sorely missed. He had a ready smile to go with his intelligent commentary.
We could say of Bill Friday as he said of some others, "He is a noble spirit." It was my good fortune to associate with him as a student, as a staff member at UNC Charlotte and as one who appreciated his great leadership of the UNC system. His like shall not pass this way again. Ken Sanford
As North Carolinians, we are all feeling his passing. He was a rock who understood communication and although I never had the chance to meet him, I will miss his interesting and colorfull conversations on PBS. I would have been proud to have met him.
It was a warm Carolina Blue day as the Women's Soccer Team played State in 1979 behind Carmichael and the Wolf Mascot head just happened to be beside the cute girl wolf as she cooled. A group of Marine Options in the stands quickly planned and executed Operation Wolf's Head led by our fearless leader, Bob Noxon. As our best looking, John Keirs, chatted up the young lady, the fastest of our group, Louie Abraham, swooped in, snatched up the Head and headed down the track toward the Law School with the entire Wolfpack Cheerleader Team in pursuit. They almost caught Louie but were suddenly slowed with some trash cans rolled onto the track by flanking Marines. At the hill top the Head was thrown into a Yellow Cutlass as the Marines piled in and it speed off to Golf Course Road and slid into the driveway of the surprised brothers of ZBT House. A raucous party ensued and the Wolf's Head took part in several nefarious deeds and acts which were immortalized by photos and by the signing of our names into the Wolf's Head (this was not smart even for Marines!). Somehow President Friday found out who had taken the Head and in short time our Commander along with a now very humble gaggle of wantabe Marines were invited to The House. President Friday was truly gracious as we ate, had some sweet tea and then he simply said to return the head and that being fine officers and gentlemen we should have no problem cleaning Kenan Stadium after the next football game. I think his words were spotless and gleaming! President Friday was a great one and there are some very sad Marines today remembering the day they met this fine gentleman and grand scholar. Fair winds and following seas Sir! Major Henry Britt USMCR (ret.)
Our state has lost a great leader
May God bless the family and friends of a good and faithful public servant with peace. RIP Bill
President Friday,may you rest
in peace. You will be missed.
MAY THE GOOD LORD BLESS YOU FOR ALL YOUR GOOD WORK AND REST YOU IN PEACE!
Mr. Friday, You were a true gentleman and their are not many like you. You are one of a few that care more about education than sports and many past and future students would be wise to remember that. Rest in peace Bill and my deepest condolences to your family
You were truly a great man. May God Bless you and may you rest in peace.