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  • "Bill, you were so very special to me when I lost my own..."
    - Laura & Clyde Hill
  • "Bill was the warmest & kindest man I ever met, a role model..."
    - Bert Dalton
  • "My brother...rise, shine, for your light has come....if..."
    - Cara Leigh Feyas
  • "Bill you were the shining light of the Santa Fe Masonic..."
    - Mark Roush
  • "Our dear friend and Brother has gone to "That Undiscovered..."
    - Walt Zierman

MAJOR BENJAMIN W. FRIEDMAN, (RET) SEPTEMBER 18, 1933 - DECEMBER 9, 2013 On December 9, 2013, Benjamin William "Bill" Friedman transitioned from this earth into eternity. Bill had been fighting cancer for a good part of eight years and fought an honorable fight and stayed positive in spite of this merciless ongoing battle. Bill was born on September 18, 1933 in Wadsworth, Ohio. Upon graduation from High School, Bill enlisted in the United States Air Force and in 1955 graduated Officers' Training School as a commissioned officer and pilot. Bill was a very active and productive member of the Montezuma Masonic Lodge #1, Eastern Star and a 33rd degree of the Scottish Rite and York Rite Freemasonry appendant bodies as well as the Santa Fez Shriners for 50 years. Bill was also a member of the Santa Fe MOWW (Military of World Wars) organization and was instrumental in coordinating ROTC youth training camps. Bill was a participant for many years in the Santa Fe Artists Association and an accomplished artist in his own right. Bill was preceded in death by his wife Prim Friedman. Bill is survived by his daughter Lynn Chandler, pseudo son Jim Chandler, grandchildren Leslie Litke, Ryan Litke and Michael Chandler, and five great grandchildren. This wonderful man touched the lives and hearts of so many people in the Santa Fe community and the state of New Mexico and will always be loved and truly missed. Vaya con Dios "Wild Bill." Donations can be made "in Memory of Bill Friedman" to: Santa Fez Shriners and Memo: Children's Hospital Donation or Montezuma Lodge #1 Memo: Building Fund and send to: Montezuma Lodge #1, 431 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501 Interment service on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. at the National Cemetery. Fellowship to follow at the Montezuma Masonic Lodge #1 (431 Paseo de Peralta) after the service at 10:00 a.m. Rivera Family Funerals and Cremations 417 East Rodeo Rd. Santa Fe, NM 87505 Phone: (505) 989-7032 Fax: (505) 820-0435
Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Jan. 1, 1900
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