David Scott Friedman
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WATERVLIET David Scott Friedman, 40, died unexpectedly on Monday, January 5, 2004 at Samaritan Hospital in Troy, N.Y. David was born in New Hyde Park, N.Y. on October 17, 1963 and was the son of the late Gilbert Friedman and Mary V. Scuderi Friedman. He resided in Central Islip, N.Y. until the death of his father, at which time he relocated with his mother and sister to Gansevoort, N.Y. David was a graduate of Saratoga Central Catholic Junior-Senior High School and furthered his studies at Plattsburgh State University and later at the Berklee College of Music in Boston where he remained for three years until an illness interrupted his studies. While at Berklee, David formed friendships and roomed with musicians Austin A.J. Nester and Delfeayo Marsalis. He maintained these friendships throughout the years. David was a talented trumpeter and enjoyed playing the keyboard. He had several brief employment stints, selling cars, working for AT&T and Hermes Music before accepting a position with Northeast Music in Latham, N.Y. where he was employed for the past 11 years. As a musician, David was a founding member of the Empire Jazz Orchestra and played with several local bands including The Joey Thomas Big Band, City Rhythm, New York Players, The T.S. Ensemble and Alex Torres and the Latin Kings, with whom he toured throughout Puerto Rico. It is with Alex Torres and the Latin Kings that he opened for multi-Grammy award winners Eddie Palmieri and Tito Puente at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. David also played with other notable Latin artists in Boston and Philadelphia. His talent provided him with an opportunity to play with the Jordainaires, the back-up group to Elvis Presley. David was often sought after to play with back-up bands to stars appearing in the local area at venues such as the Starlight Theater, Proctors Theater and the Van Dyke. He also enjoyed playing during holidays and at special events in various local churches which included St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Albany and First Church in Albany, Reformed. Although David's first love was music, he also enjoyed working around his home, which had been in his wife's family for six generations. He took great pleasure in cars, electronics toys, chocolate, shopping for hours at the Home Depot and being with his dog, Pagliacci. His family will forever remember David for his friendliness to others and for his caring and generous spirit. David was the loving husband of Elizabeth Martin Friedman, who he met in the fall of 1980 and to whom he has been married for 11 years. He was the cherished brother of Robin L. Burnash and her husband Dale A. of St. Johnsbury, Vt.; the dear nephew of Nancy DeSalvo Borucki of Stuart, Fla., with whom David lived from an early age and thought of as his mother, following the death of his own mother; the son-in-law of David Kendall Martin and Patricia R. Martin of West Chazy, N.Y.; the brother-in-law of Anne Kennedy Wallace and her husband Eric of Brentwood, N.H., David Kendall Martin and his wife Mimi Lane of Wilmington, N.Y., Peter Stockwell Martin and his wife Laura Green of Doha, Qatar, and Rosalyn Martin of Ballston Spa, N.Y.; lifelong and best friend of Gerald Levine of Boston, Mass. David is also survived by one niece and five nephews; an uncle; several aunts and many cousins. The funeral service, a musical celebration of David's life, will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. in Trinity Episcopal Church, 1336 First Avenue, Watervliet, N.Y. All are invited to attend. The family will greet friends at a reception following the service in the Parish Hall. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Troy, N.Y. There are no public calling hours. The family suggests contributions to the American Cancer Society, 260 Osborne Road, Loudonville, NY 12211 or to the American Heart Association, 440 New Karner Road, Albany, NY, 12205 in memory of David Scott Friedman. For e-mail condolence, please see www.parkerbrosmemorial.com.

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Published in Albany Times Union on Jan. 8, 2004.
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August 18, 2011
I just found David's obituary though I had heard about his passing through a mutual friend a few years ago. I knew Dave at Plattsburgh State and we were in band and jazz band together. He was a gifted musician and had a wonderful outgoing spirit.
Ted Pappas
August 31, 2010
Larry Tutt here. Herm invited us to play a concert in P'burgh recently and I just learned of this. I don't even have the words to describe my feelings. A terrible loss. He was such a happy spirit. He will be greatly missed.
Larry Tutt
January 20, 2004
Dave, I'll miss your spirit and your always positive energy. I'll also miss playing gigs with you. It was truly a gift to be around you. My condolences to Dave's family. May god bless you Dave for you will be very missed.
Mike Falzano
January 15, 2004
I was lucky to have the pleasure of working with David over the years… whether selling gear at the music store or recording trumpet solos all night long, he never lost his sense of humor. The positive attitude he emitted was contagious, his talent undisputable … a very cool person. It was an honor to have known him.

Offering my deepest sympathies…David, you will be missed.
Joe Saba
January 14, 2004
My uttermost sympathies in your tragic loss, dear Liz!

Viera B
January 14, 2004
I'm sorry" seem like small words for such a sad time in your life, but know from the bottom of my heart, I am sorry. Although I never met Dave, I know that he must have been very special person. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Mike Rizzo
Michael Rizzo
January 12, 2004
"I'm sorry" seem like small words for such a sad time in your life, but know from the bottom of my heart, I am sorry. Although I never met Dave, I know that he must have been very special for you to have been with. May God comfort your heart, and please know that he is in the most wonderful place right now, probably joining in with some Heavenly band! My love is with you!!
Patty LaHart
January 10, 2004
ROBIN & DALE Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this time of loss of a loved one. Roberta & Marnel
Marnel & Roberta Harran
January 10, 2004
ROBIN & DALE Our Prayers and thoughts are with you at this time of loss
Roberta @ Marnel Harran
January 9, 2004
Dear Liz,

We were stunned to receive the news from Isom of David's death. Although we did not have the pleasure of knowing him, we now have a better understanding of much of what you were trying to add to FoCM programming, having learned about his beloved area of musical performing. We extend our deepest sympathies to you at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of his and your family.

Nancy and Gordon Kaye
Gordon & Nancy Kaye
January 9, 2004
My condolences to Liz, of course, and all the rest of us who enjoyed both his music and his love of people.
Butch Conn
January 9, 2004
Dave was a good person and I'll miss him. My condolences to his family and friends.
Lee Russo
January 9, 2004
To Dave's Family-
My prayers are with your family. He was a great guy - he will be missed by many at our school (BH-BL). With deepest sympathies-
Debbi Barnum
January 9, 2004
Robin, Dale and Aunt Nancy,
I am really besides myself and wish I could have been with you. This is just unbelievable. This time of year is hard on me for every Jan. 11th I relive my nightmare. Davie will always be in my thoughts along with Kristie. I love you all.
Ginny Sharer and family
January 9, 2004
You know - the greatest thing you can ever do in this world is smile out loud .... Dave always did that. Besides his kindness and total wonderful being that he was what a wonderful thing to have given to the world. He changed the energy of every place he was in even when he wasn't aware of it. Something we should all inspire to do each and everyday. It truly is I feel the greatest gift we can give unconditionally. I'll miss seeing his smile but have a great memory of it and him.

I had several opportunities to perform with Dave over the years and he always performed with his whole being. I will truly miss him.

My warmest wishes of support to you and your entire family -
Brian Melick
January 8, 2004
I've had the honor of knowing David since the day he was born.He had his mothers musical talent,his fathers charm and our Aunt Nancy's good sense on the value of life itself.
David lived everyday for the moment, spreading only joy to all those he came in contact with. He was a talented musician, who taught himself to play the trumpet on one he found in a garage sale in Central Islip when he was a young boy.
Everyone who met David was taken back by his warm personality and his sense of humor. Even on his worse days he made me laugh.He will be missed deeply by his family and friends.
David you will always be in my heart and in my soul. I Love you.
Till we meet again
lovingly, your cousin
Margaret Ann
Margaret Ann Weber
January 8, 2004
To Daves Family:
On behalf of Spa Catholic's class of 1981 we are deeply saddened by Dave's death. He was a very nice person,a friend to all.It did not surprise any of us the remarkable things he accomplished in his life. In your time of saddness take comfort in knowing that Dave is with his parents now in Gods loving care.Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Lora Ernst-Diggins
January 8, 2004
Dear Liz,
What a terrible loss to the community and to music, but especially to you and your families. My heart goes out to you.
Dawn Stuart Weinraub
January 8, 2004
Dearest Liz and family - we send deepest sympathy on your Dave's death, and our loving wishes to you all. Dave enriched our community wonderfully with his music and friendships. We shall remember him and miss him always. Especial love to Liz - from Helen and family.
Helen Bayly
January 8, 2004
Liz and the rest of Dave's family, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. Dave was the most generous, kind, funny, and talented guy I ever met. I was and still am proud to call him my friend. Counselor, I'm sure you're reading all this mushy stuff up there, I hope it's as beautiful there as we all dream it is. Peace brother, Doctor.
Chris Dollard
January 8, 2004
What a great guy...I'll miss the conversations about trumpets, bands, and the music business in general. My deepest sympathies to the family.
Pete Giroux
January 8, 2004
I am very sorry to hear about your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.
Kim Russell
January 8, 2004
Robin and Dale;
I want you both to know that I am thinking of you. Am very sorry to hear about your lost. I know how it feels when you lose someone close to you. Love; Robin
Robin Capron
January 8, 2004
Dave's positive spirit was truly a gift. He was one of the nicest people I've ever met. I worked with him in several bands and he was always overjoyed just to be playing music. I'm very saddened for your loss and ours.
Howie Brown
January 8, 2004
I am very sorry for your loss. Dave was a pleasure to work with because of his great talent and his wonderful personality. I, along with so many others will miss him.
Colleen Pratt
January 8, 2004
I am so very sorry for your loss. David was always the "musician's musician". I am honored to have known Dave as a friend as much as I was humbled to be on the same stage with him for as long as we were. A great person, a greater loss.
Stephen Campito
January 8, 2004
As a member of the band he was like a brother. I will miss him dearly.
Dave Grant
January 8, 2004
My Dog! Dave's loving spirit will always be remember by all of those he touched. And now that God called him home to sit by his side, He'll be remembered for eternity. My prayers go out to Dave's wonderful family.

Peace-out and God Bless,
Garland Nelson
January 8, 2004
My heart goes out to Mousie (it'll always be Mousie) and all the Martin and Friedman families at this very sad time. I can relate only too well to losing a talented, vital husband way too early and my eyes are full of tears. You will all be in my thoughts on Friday and every day.

Love, Sara Kelly (Brenizer) Johns
Sara Kelly Johns
January 8, 2004
Dave was a kind and gentle man... always so positive... I only have good memories... thank you Dave.

Stephen Orsini
January 8, 2004
Dave was one of the kindest,gentle human beings I've ever had the pleasure to know and work with. The right side of the stage will forever be more empty without him. My sincere condolences to Elizabeth and the rest of Dave's family.
Marc Pratt
January 8, 2004
Offering our deepest sympathies during this time.
The Staff of Parker Bros. Memorial Funeral Home
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