Steve Friedman, 83, passed away peacefully at Albany Medical Center on May 15, 2021. Steve was born on November 1,1937 to Rebecca (Ricky) and Charles Friedman in Brooklyn, NY. He grew up in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn and Lindenhurst, New York graduating from Lindenhurst High School in 1955.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Susan, and his sons Jeff (Cynthia) of Catskill, NY, Jan (Patti) of Halfmoon, NY and Barry (Amanda) of Middle Grove, NY. He is also survived by his beloved brother Allan (Barbara), 8 grandchildren Nikki, Devin, Kyle, Leah, Alana, Tyler, Maya & Theo, sisters-in-law Phyllis Solomon, Mady Soukis (Ralph) and many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.
Steve graduated from The Citadel in 1959 and went on to serve at Fort Dix, NJ as an artillery lieutenant training infantry. He and Susan were married in March 1963 and lived in Queens, NY before moving to St. James, Long Island where he lived for 9 years. He worked for G.D. Searle Pharmaceuticals as a pharmaceutical rep for 15 years. In 1978, he moved to Plantation, Florida where he started health, drug and beauty aid stores Save-a-Lot Discount Stores and then later, Bigg Discount Store where his regular customers affectionately referred to him as Mr. Bigg. Susan and Steve moved to Hunter, NY in 1990 to be closer to their family where he owned the Corner Collections Store on Main Street in Hunter and the Collectible Figurine Show at the German Alps Festivals. Most recently he worked 18 years for the Catskill Mountain Foundation as Sales Manager for Catskill Mountain Printing and managing the Hunter Theater and Orpheum Theater.
Steve was a very active member of the mountaintop community. He was a member of the American Legion for the past 19 years. He also was active in the Hunter Civic Association acting as president or vice president numerous times throughout his membership. He served on the board of the Mountain Clove Scenic Byways Committee, the Hunter Chamber of Commerce and many other local boards and causes.
Steve loved sports, movies and traveling with his wife, friends and family. He loved rooting for the NY Mets and the NY Giants. Above all Steve was dedicated to his family and friends. He cherished his family no matter how close or distant the miles or the family lineage.
Steve lived his life to the fullest, while enduring numerous surgeries and health issues over the past 26 years. Everyone said he was the guy with 9 lives. He loved his interaction with people and was known for his easy manor, friendly nature and sense of humor. Those who knew him said he truly was a nice guy who never said a bad word about anyone.
Posted in: Hodroff Epstein Memorial Chapel
Posted on: 2021-07-15
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