Stuart Friedland, 85

Friends considered him a mensch

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Stuart Murray Friedland of Hewlett died on Oct. 17 after a short illness, just two weeks short of his 86th birthday.

Born on Nov. 3, 1929 in the Bronx, Friedland then lived in the Five Towns for a majority of his life. He was a longtime member of the Congregation Sons of Israel in Woodmere.

Friedland worked in clothing manufacturing and became vice president of New York-based Domino Classic, Inc. Later in life, he worked and volunteered at St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn for 15 years. Friedland was a radiology transporter taking patients for their tests and volunteered in the surgical unit connecting families with the doctors. He logged more than 4,000-volunteer hours, according to hospital records.

Friedland’s friends and colleagues such as Frank and Lillian Hollander remember him as “a nice guy and a mensch.” A mensch is a Yiddish word that describes a person, typically a man, who is the type to emulate. An individual with a strong sense of what is right.

His daughter-in-law Lisa will remember his kindness. “A beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, he will be remembered for his devotion to his family, his kindness and his sense of community,” she said. “He will be sorely missed.”

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Rhoda Friedland; his children, Edward and Lisa Friedland and Michael and Lauri Friedland; his grandchildren, Adam, Peter, Andy, Matthew and Will; and his brother and sister-in-law, and Richard and Joyce Friedland.

A funeral arranged through the Boulevard-Riverside Hewlett Chapel in Hewlett took place on Oct. 19.