Irving Friedman
1935 - 2020
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Irving Friedman

Scottsdale - Our one of a kind Irv was born on June 13th, 1935, in Baltimore, Maryland to Lena and Samuel Friedman. Those who knew him were affected by his big heart, his generous spirit, his love of food and drink, his innumerable stories, his fierce love of family, and his need for always making a connection with people.

He married his wife, Barbara Becker, in June 1960 and this June would have been 60 years they were together. He was a protective and doting Dad to his two children, Kevin and Deborah and made sure that he had time with them even though he worked many hours.

He was a natural charmer with a gift for gab. It was a perfect fit for someone who wanted to own his own business and could talk with customers as though they were his best friends. He was a risk taker and would buy a business, learn it well, build it up, and sell it when he wanted a new challenge. It made for many wild adventures.

In every way he was the best of men, a true mensch, a loving husband, an attentive and affectionate Dad (his children were his treasures, he always said), a spectacular Zaida to his grandsons, Matthew and Spencer, and an affectionate and caring Father-in-law to Fred.

He gave the same deep affection, bear hugs, and warmth to his nieces and nephews who delighted in being with him.

He was one of four siblings - Kenneth and Shirley Sohmer, who predeceased him, and is survived by his youngest brother Maish and wife Jackie, who he was very close with.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara, his children Kevin and Deborah (Fred Gibbins), his grandsons, Matthew and Spencer Conners, sister-in-law Arlene, nieces and nephews, and grand-nieces and nephew who were very important to him as well as Fred's sons, James and Dean (Hannah) Gibbins.

He passed away at home on May 19, 2020 in Scottsdale, Arizona and had been surrounded by his family through his difficult passage. Services were held at Mount Sinai Cemetery in Scottsdale, Arizona with interment afterwards. Because of Covid 19 there will be no Shiva.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Jewish Family and Children's Services or Foothills Animal Rescue of Scottsdale.




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Published in The Arizona Republic from May 22 to May 24, 2020.
MEMORIES & CONDOLENCES
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May 31, 2020
What a wonderful man, in so many ways. So many great memories came flooding back last week when I heard.
I can still hear his mischievous laugh. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Barbara. Im so glad you have them close. Much love, Richard.
Richard Nicholls
Friend
May 29, 2020
This really hurts. Im saddened by the loss of a great guy . He really helped me when I was just starting my Buisness . Great stories , great humor and a great zest for the Buisness ! He will be missed .
Moris Adato
Friend
May 25, 2020
Cousin Irv made a difference. It was his wit and humor, genuineness, independence, truthfulness, loyalty, and values; in short, great humanness. He made a critical difference when unselfishly, at personal risk, and with significant effort in advancing age, providing critical testimony protecting Barbara's cousins, myself and two siblings. He has a place of honor in my heart and I will not forget him. Thank you and bless you Irv. Rest in peace. Love, David Klass
David Klass
Family
May 25, 2020
MY SINCEREST CONDOLENCES TO BARBARA AND THE ENTIRE FRIEDMAN FAMILY. I KNEW IRV BUT FOR JUST A FEW YEARS BUT WE DEVELOPED A STRONG BOND. I'LL MISS HIS SENSE OF HUMOR AND HIS LOVE FOR LIFE.
OSCAR VELA
Friend
May 25, 2020
what a shock..i am sorry to lose a good friend. he was always there for me in any way needed. always a smile and a laugh. he was one of a kind and one of the kindness. he will be missed. my condolences to the family and all who knew and loved him. jeff bernard
jeff bernard
Friend
May 25, 2020
Irv was one of the kindest, most genuine people you could have the good fortune to know. If you were his friend, you had an angel on your side. He was always there for support, laughter and just about anything anyone could want. We will always remember how difficult it was for Irv to relay a funny story because he would laugh so hard himself, that he would struggle to get it out. His family was his greatest passion and love and he made that clear every day of his life. The world just got a little less happy, but where ever his soul is, the other souls are so much happier. We miss you already and we are sending love and kisses to Barbara, the kids and the grandkids. With heartfelt sympathies, Jane, Bob and the Boys
Jane Knobler
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