Harold Friedman was born April 3, 1930 in Eldorado, Arkansas, the first in his family to be born in the United States, while the rest of his family, including his brother and two sisters, was born in Hungary. Harold’s family moved to Shreveport, Louisiana so that Harold’s father could start up a scrap metal business. While Harold attended a few years of college, he left before graduating to help with his family’s pipe and steel business. It was through his business that a family friend introduced him to Beverly, whom he proposed to after a week of dinners and then married a week later in Las Vegas in 1952. In 1953, Harold and Beverly moved to Houston to open a new branch of the family business and to start their own family. Harold and his brother Jack led a very successful business where they assumed the roles of Vice President and President, respectively, for many years.
Outside of work, Harold was passionately curious about and excited to explore the world around him. Whether it was meeting new friends over his ham radio, playing tennis with Beverly and friends, teaching himself songs on the piano, or finding a new restaurant to try, Harold had an incredible enthusiasm for life. After surviving several types of cancer and other health scares as a young adult, he made sure to seize each moment after, enjoying the challenge of a good crossword puzzle, the taste of a good meal, or the intrigue of a new book whenever he could.
Chief among those joys was Harold’s family. His wife, Beverly, passed away in 2014, but he is survived by: his two children Marilyn Rae Traub and husband Robert, as well as David Brian Friedman and wife Marj; his 4 grandchildren: Kelley Traub McIntyre and husband Jim, Kevin Traub and wife Heather, Sasha Friedman, and Brett Friedman and wife Lorena. He also has one great-grandchild, Payton McIntyre, and one expected in October, Leonardo Friedman.
Harold died peacefully on August 9th, 2018 at St. Luke’s Hospital.
Funeral services will be held graveside on Monday, August 13, 2018 at 11:00 am in Beth Yeshurun Post Oak Cemetery, 1037 N. Post Oak Rd, Houston, TX 77055.
Rabbi Jack Segal will be officiating in Harold’s honor and memory.
Donations can be made to the HR Menninger Clinic or to the Alzheimer’s Association.