We began to believe he was indeed immortal. But, sadly, Edward H. Friedman once widely known as the Carpet King, succumbed to old age on December 4, 2021 at the age of 98. Ed was from West Hartford. Eddy owned the Friedman Rug Company and later Friedman's Floor Covering Center, which he ran with his wife and son, selling carpeting to everyone in Connecticut proving, as Woody Allen once quipped, that "There are three things Jewish people worship: God, Chinese food and wall-to-wall carpeting." Ed believed in two out of the three. Ed, the son of Sam and May Friedman (Lappen), was born in Hartford on September 30, 1923, and lived his entire life in the Hartford area. He grew up on Seyms Street, graduated from Hartford High, and then served in the 101st Airborne division of the Army in World War II. As a paratrooper, he was one of the brave soldiers who landed in Normandy and then served in the Battle of the Bulge -- among his proudest moments. Ed wore his Screaming Eagle hat till the day he died. Ed married his sweetheart and best friend forever Frances Swaller Friedman (aka Boobala, Franny, Fagie) after the war and the two of them moved to West Hartford and shared a life of travel, humor and nonstop fun for 74 years, never once leaving each other's sides (The Hartford Courant commemorated their relationship in "Love Story: Love at First Kiss Put this Couple on a Long Ride Together https://www.courant.com/love-story/hc-love-story-fran-eddy-friedman-1025-story.html
Eddy may have been a businessman for a living, but he was an artist at heart: He sculpted like Giacometti (and his family called him Giacom-EDDY), loved to build and tinker and renovate rooms in the house. He enjoyed music of all types, conducting Mozart from his armchair and marching around the living room to the Marines' and Army's military bands. Until his late 80s, he regularly drove Fagie and a carful of friends to New York to see the ballet, go to theatre and visit museums -- until he no longer was able to drive long-distances. Even in his early 90s, Ed and Fran went out to lunch every day to split a sandwich (always her choice) and even trudged to the movie theatre to watch the Metropolitan opera live. And he kept his humor and sly wit – and abundant sweetness and love -- till his final days. Eddy leaves many survivors including his beloved and loving wife Frannie (his "bashert"), his three adoring children Mitchell (Ann), Bruce (Arline) and Karen (Harry), his nieces Donna and Leslie, and nephew Kenny (Patty and Anna, Ami and Mia), a bevy of loved cousins and many fabulous friends who were a lifeline, particularly in his final years. He is pre-deceased by his brothers Harold and Stanley and his nephew Larry. He was also blessed to have four wonderful, loving long-time caretakers Sophia, Marion, Vanessa and Dorothy – who helped him through his final years. We also want to thank those who helped him at the end: Gail and Marzena at the VA Home-based program, Emily and Rosemarie at Beacon Hospice, and Sharmilla. There was a graveside service with full military honors on Wednesday December 8, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. at the Hartford Mutual Society Cemetery. The family is observing a private period of mourning. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, at 345 Whitney Avenue New Haven, CT 06511 https://bit.ly/3xYx8xV
; or to Hartford Hospital at https://giving.hartfordhospital.org/donate
; or the Home Based Primary Care at the Veterans Administration (VA) at 950 Campbell Avenue, West Haven CT 06516 -- or please donate to a charity of your choice
. Eddy will be loved forever and will always live in our hearts. Funeral arrangements were conducted by the Hebrew Funeral Association, West Hartford, CT.
Published by Hartford Courant from Dec. 7 to Dec. 8, 2021.