Dozens of people thought that Bonnie Victor-Fried was their best friend. Bonnie lit up a room. She gave others permission to let go and enjoy the moment with her. You wanted to take her all in like a deep breath. She got so much pleasure out of life and celebrated it as if it was all a delightful surprise. And her laugh, her amazing laugh was a tonic. We were all addicted.
Bonnie died October 29, 2013. She is survived by her husband Bruce Fried, her sister Ellen Victor Diamond, brother-in-law Mark Diamond, and niece Michelle Diamond-Reece (Jeffrey Reece).
Bonnie was born May 11, 1949 in Ft. Worth, Texas to Rebecca and Mitchel Victor. She received her BA from the University of Oklahoma. This is where she met the man she would love forever, Bruce Fried. Bonnie went on to receive her Master's Degree in Voice from Texas Tech, where she sang the leads in numerous operas. She and Bruce married in 1972. He was in the military so travel became a huge and adventure-filled part of their life together. While in England, Bonnie taught music to Middle Schoolers. On a trip to Italy, Bonnie joined in singing along with street singers. An elderly Italian woman overwhelmed with Bonnie's gorgeous voice chastised Bonnie, saying "When you are young you must sing, you can teach when you are old". So sing she did, dinner theater in San Bernardino, Gilbert and Sullivan in Massachusetts. She directed and starred in shows at the Harlequin Theater at Ft. Sam. Bonnie sang leads in shows at the San Pedro Playhouse, with the SA Symphony, at The Majestic and several other theaters in San Antonio. Her rendition of Noel Coward's "I've Been to a Marvelous Party" is unforgettable. One of her greatest joys was singing with a group of friends called 3 Divas & Deb. They sang all over San Antonio. Everyone wanted to work with Bonnie and she collected devoted friends all along the way.
For 11 years Bonnie ran her own successful Travel Agency, B&B Travel. She was a wonder of efficiency and creativity as she lowered her glasses on the bridge of her nose and clicked away at frightening speed on her key board, making others' dreams come true. She brought that same talent and drive to the San Antonio Opera where she was in charge of customer relations, marketing and auditions. There too, she had a following.
Bonnie was a member of the Tuesday Musical Club, volunteered with the Tobin Performing Arts Center and had the best bunch of neighbors a person can have.
The family would like to thank all of the medical professionals at SAAMC that assisted Bonnie through the years, and especially Dr. Stephen Harrison and Dr. Jesse Sherrat.
A memorial will be scheduled in the coming weeks. The family requests that donations be made to The Tuesday Musical Club Young Artist Competition or the
Published in Express-News on Oct. 31, 2013