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Edward Louis Friedman, Z"L, 87, of West Hartford, died on Thursday, June 19, 2014. He was the husband of Esia (Shoag Baran) Friedman. Born in Meriden, he was the son of Isidore and Esther (Rock) Friedman. He was predeceased by his brother Sidney Friedman. He graduated from Meriden High School in 1944. He was a US Army veteran of WWII, a past Commander of the West Hartford American Legion Post 96, and a member of the Jewish War Veterans, Laurel Post #45. He was a proud alumnus of MIT, RPI, and Yale. He was a registered professional engineer in Connecticut and Vermont. He was a project engineer for Chandler Evans for 11 years and was responsible for the development of the fuel control for the P&W J57 jet engine which powered the F100 aircraft, making it the first jet to break the sound barrier in level flight. He was a full-time Professor of Electrical Engineering in the University of Hartford, retiring in 1992 after 30 years of service. He served as Chairman of the UH Faculty Senate and as Assistant to the President under Dr. Archibald M. Woodruff and Dr. Stephen Joel Trachtenberg. He was Chairman of the Secular Department of the Board of Education of the Hebrew Academy under Rabbi Chaim Madetsky. Edward was commander of the New Britain Power Squadron and a licensed FAA private pilot. In the late 1960's he was an adjunct faculty member for the RPI Hartford. His professional memberships included the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (Life Member), the Mathematical Association of America (50-year member), the Society of the Sigma Xi (50-year Emeritus Member) Tau Beta Pi, and Eta Kappa Mu. He was a life member of the United States Power Squadrons with the grade of Senior Navigator, having served as commander of the New Britain Power Squadron (1981-1983) as well as Squadron Educational Officer and District 1 Educational Officer in later years. He was a past President of the MIT Club of Hartford. He did consulting work for Chandler Evans and the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying in Clemson, SC. Besides his wife Esia, he is survived by two sons; Dr. Barry David Friedman and Rabbi Cary Alan Friedman and his wife Marsha and their children, Rabbi Elisha (and Yamit Remz), Adina, Ayelet (and Jeremy Koolyk), Akiva, Elisheva and Yehudit, and Edward's special sons; Ari Hoydilla and Harvey Fruchter. Edward was blessed with life-long friends, including Frederick Cirule, Claude Brenner (MIT), Richard Brown (University of Hartford), and Richard and Diane Rutkowski (Power Squadron). He departs this life with satisfaction for his longevity, love and gratitude for his wife, sons, and grandchildren, and deep affection for his greater family, best friends and other special friends who helped brighten his stay on earth. He also leaves his thankfulness for the privilege of having been born in America and for being able to spend his life in this wonderful country. In his words, "I have outlived the expectancy of my childhood. Whatever life I have left is frosting on the cake. I am satisfied that I have had a good life." The family extends a heartfelt appreciation to his caregivers, Anona, Alba, Linda, Withel, and Daphne. A funeral will be graveside with full military honors, TODAY, Friday June 20, at Noon at the B'nai Abraham Cemetery, 122 Corrigan Avenue, Meriden, CT, with Rabbi Cary Friedman officiating. Following interment the family will receive friends at the family home in West Hartford. Shiva services will be announced at the cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Agudas Achim Synagogue, 1244 North Main St., West Hartford, CT 06117. May his memory be a source of strength and a blessing. Funeral arrangements provided by Hebrew Funeral Association, West Hartford.

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Published in Hartford Courant on Jun. 20, 2014.
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June 15, 2019
zapalam znicz w rocznice smierci Edwearda Luis Friedman - meza p.Esi Baran Friedman, NIECH SPOCZYWA W POKOJU.
June 13, 2018
zapalam znicz dla ma Pani Esi Friedman-Baran,EDWARD LOUIS FRIEDMAN - SPOCZYWAJ W POKOJU
September 5, 2016
zapalam ten znicz dlas ma Pani Esi - niech spoczywa w pokoju - Dana z Przeworska
Dana Kowal
July 6, 2014
I have told others that Prof Friedman was responsible for me graduating. He was very supportive when I got discouraged with the night classes,(I was working full-time) and I consider, went beyond his obligation to help me by outlining every course I needed to fulfill the requirements, and even signing me up for many of the required courses. I am greatly saddened from his passing.
Mike Taylor
July 5, 2014
Esia: Your shipmates from the New Britain Power Squadron will always remember the outstanding leadership, influence, teaching skills and friendship that both you and Ed brought to us at our boating rendezvous, meetings, picnics and community service events.
June 26, 2014
Dear Essia and family!
Our sincerest condolences on your loss of Eddie.
May his neshama be a melitz yosher for you, your loved ones, and all of us.
May HaSHEM console all of you among the mourners of Zion and Yerushalayim.
Eva and Harry
June 26, 2014
Dear Esia and Cary and Family
May you be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.
shlomo and rachel pick of bnei brak, israel
June 20, 2014
I have Dr. Friedman to thank for my being an engineer. He was my faculty advisor at U of H and always my special friend. Thank you Ed, you lived a wonderful life.
Mary Ann Mikulski
June 20, 2014
Dear Esia and family,
May Ed's incredible spirit remain with you and may your joyful memories give you comfort. God bless. Kathy Batten
Kathy Batten
June 20, 2014
Dear Essie, Barry,Cary and family,
My deepest sympathy to you on the loss of your beloved husband, father, grandfather Edward.
Darcy Searle
June 20, 2014
God bless you ~
June 20, 2014
Dear Essie and Family,

On behalf of everyone in Hartford-Laurel Post 45 of the Jewish War Veterans of the United States, Elissa and myself, please accept our sincerest condolences on Ed's passing.

Ed was a longtime member and supporter of military and community causes who loved this country, his family, and always spoke his mind.

Please know that we are thankful for his courageous WWII service as part of "The Greatest Generation", and that he will be greatly missed.
Elliott Donn, Post Historian, and Elissa Donn
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