Robert Friend

BALLSTON LAKE - Robert Lynn Friend, 62, of Ballston Lake died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at Maplewood Manor in Ballston Spa.
Bob was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., the son of the late Lloyd L. Friend Jr. and Jean (Leyman) Friend.
He spent his childhood in New Jersey and later in Saratoga Springs, graduating from Saratoga High School in 1968.
Bob graduated from Boston University in 1972 and earned his M.B.A. in 1986 from Boise State University in Boise, Idaho.
Bob recently retired from New York Independent System Operator in Rensselaer, where he worked in customer relations.
In addition to his parents, Bob was predeceased by his beloved older brother, Lloyd L. Friend III.
Bob is survived by his significant other and soulmate, Mary Brill VanVranken; nephews Patrick L. Friend (Jane) of Ramsey, N.J., and Biffen K. Friend (Martha) of Princeton, N.J.; and his sister-in-law, Patricia L. Friend of Maplewood, N.J.
Bob was an American history buff and loved to cook and grill, finding Mary and her son, Andy Van Vranken, willing participants in his creations.
He was also a diehard Boise State Broncos fan, welling up whenever he watched the games on TV and swearing that he would get back there someday.
He looked forward each year to their trips to Maine, walking the beaches, exploring Portland and surrounding areas and enjoying delicious seafood.
Mary would like to give special thanks to Dr. Gelman and the nurses and staff at Maplewood Manor for the kindness and compassion shown to Bob and her during his brief stay at the facility.
Contributions can be made to the , 2 Pine West Plaza, Suite 204, Albany, NY 12205, in memory of Robert L. Friend.
A celebration of Bob's life will be held in the spring.
Arrangements are by Townley & Wheeler Funeral Home in Ballston Lake.
Published in The Saratogian on Jan. 1, 2013