Allen Friedman, 92, passed away Oct. 15, 2019, in Cleveland. He lived at Point East Condos.
A lifelong resident of Cleveland, Allen was born to Leo and Rose Friedman on Oct. 2, 1927. Allen graduated from John Adam High School and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Fenn College (now Cleveland State University). Allen also served in Korea between World War II and the start of the Korean War.
Allen was a sales manager and general manager at Friedman Buick and later Hal Artz Lincoln Mercury from the 1950s until the 1990s. Although he retired, he missed the business. He would go to the dealership of one of his former salesmen, or later one of his other dealer friends, and he’d stay for a few hours. While sitting at his desk, salesmen would bring him his paper and coffee. He’d even sell the occasional car often without moving from his desk. He continued doing this into his late 80s. Ultimately, he was in the car business for more than 60 years and enjoyed being characterized as “The Legend” in the pages of the Cleveland Jewish News.
A member of The Temple-Tifereth Israel, Allen was also a member of the Masonic Lodge. He loved playing tennis and avidly followed sports.
As revered as he was in business, nothing approached the importance of family to him. He was born and raised on Kinsman Road and had a large extended family in Cleveland. Every single cousin mattered to him. Family was always paramount. Allen felt a deep bond to his many cousins and treasured his connections to them, and his love for them was reciprocated.
However, nothing came close to his love for Connie, his wife of 54 years, and his pride and joy, his son, Larry. Connie and Larry were his world and he felt exceptionally blessed that they were his wife and son. They felt equally blessed to have him healthy and happy for all of their wonderful years together.
Finally, he was further blessed by his two grandchildren, Blake and Audrey, whom he loved beyond measure and his daughter-in-law, Jamie, whom he loved and absolutely adored.
Allen is survived by his loving wife, Constance; son, Laurence of Shaker Heights; grandchildren, Blake and Audrey; nieces, Lee Friedman (Joe Gogol), Karen Friedman Kester and Rochelle (Steve) Walk; and his brother Joe’s widow, Elaine Friedman. His relationship with his nieces and their children far transcended that of a typical uncle. He was predeceased by his parents, Leo and Rose; and his brother, Joseph.
Private graveside services were held. Interment was at Mayfield Cemetery.
Contributions may be made in Allen’s memory to the Sara R. and Wilbert J. Levin Memorial Fund, c/o The Temple-Tifereth Israel, 26000 Shaker Blvd., Beachwood OH 44122.