MONTICELLO - James Leo Friedman died Nov. 17, 2012.
From his roots in California's sun-soaked cityscapes to his rural retreat in Maine's frosty forests, James lived life to the fullest, no matter where he roamed. He swam with dolphins; he sailed tall ships. He feasted on New Brunswick donairs and delighted in homemade apple pie. James' journeys were mapped through the colorful tattoos that danced across his legs and arms, but the route to his soul was through his music. In the words of singer-songwriter Bob Marley, "One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain." James carried more pain than anyone should have to, but he always carried a guitar to keep it at bay. Now, his pain is gone, his music lives on and his soul can rest in peace.
His love for family will be greatly missed by parents, Stanton and Marilyn Friedman of Fredericton, New Brunswick; sisters, Rachel J. Friedman of Torrance, Calif., and Melissa K. Friedman and David Parsons of East Gore, Nova Scotia; son, James Kenneth Friedman and Luzelle; and grandson, James K. Friedman of Union City, Calif. He will also be missed by his extended family in Canada and U.S., as well as many caring friends. He was predeceased by an older brother, Sean Patrick Friedman. Special gratitude and thanks to the physicians, nurses and staff of Eastern Maine Medical Center, Bangor, and Houlton Regional Hospital, for their compassionate care during James' illness.
Cremation has taken place and there will be no funeral service. A private family celebration of James' life will take place Dec. 1. If you wish, memorial donations may be made to the hemophilia and cancer societies.
"Baruch dayan ha-emet."
Blessed be the righteous judge.
Published in BDN Maine on Nov. 23, 2012