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Harvey N. Freidson


1937 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Harvey N. Freidson Obituary
August 24, 1937 - October 31, 2017 Harvey Freidson passed peacefully with his adoring wife Nancy at his side on October 31st at Saint Mary's Hospital in Tucson, Arizona of respiratory and heart failure. A proud life-long Southern Californian, he and Nancy had just sold their beautiful home in Woodland Hills ten months earlier and moved to Green Valley, Arizona to start a new life adventure at a lovely retirement community. Harvey was a real dynamo; a force to be reckoned with! He began every day with a smile on his lips and a spring to his step. A friend recently said, "When Harvey entered a room, everyone felt uplifted; the music sounded sweeter and the food tasted better!" He was also a man of great character who could be trusted by all. He was born and raised in Los Angeles to a strong, loving, supportive Jewish family. His parents Beatrice and Irving Freidson were exceptionally devoted, fine, principled human beings and influenced Harvey in the most positive of ways. He was a student leader at Manual Arts High School and graduated from UCLA with Honors with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science. Following his military obligation in the Air Force Reserves, he took a summer job as a loan representative in the mortgage banking field while waiting to start law school. He discovered that he liked the mortgage banking field so much that he made it his life-long career for over 50 years. He was a Founding Father of Funders Mortgage Company. As one of the owners, the company grew to have several successful branch offices throughout Southern California He found great purpose and joy in his work and in the relationships he had with his many employees. With his usual great gusto he participated in many interests including sports, as a fan and a participant, world travel, Judaism, reading, stimulating conversation, card playing, storytelling and, above all else, Family. Nothing gave him more pleasure than spending quality time with his beloved sons and granddaughters. He leaves behind his second wife of 43 years Nancy, his first wife and dear friend Joyce, his three sons Eric, Marc (Janice), and Robert, his brother Joseph (Alicia) and his adorable ten year old identical twin granddaughters Victoria and Vanessa. Oh, how he loved being Grandpa Harv to his precious girls! Three and a half years ago, Harvey had a medical emergency involving a torn heart valve. The repair surgery went very wrong and he had only a 2% chance of survival. But survive he did inspiring even his doctors! The courage and sheer determination that he demonstrated during those most trying of times and since, will never be forgotten! Harvey felt that he was probably meant to die on the operating table and that God had interceded and given him the gift of additional time. He used it well focusing on the lives of his sons, his granddaughters and his wife Nancy and giving many hours of thought to the life he had lived. He came away feeling extremely grateful for the many blessings of his life and was filled with gratitude to God. Though Harvey's passing was sudden, he was ready and passed quickly and peacefully. We weep for ourselves but are so happy for him! Funeral services were conducted by Rabbi Steven Jacobs on November 8th at Mount Sinai Memorial Park Hollywood Hills.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Nov. 18 to Nov. 19, 2017
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