With heartfelt sorrow, we announce the peaceful passing of Bruce Donald Friedman on Dec. 19,2021.
Bruce was predeceased by his wife Minnette Doris Marks Friedman who passed in December of 2020. They were happily married for over 63 years. Bruce is survived by his two sons Howard (wife Cara), and Louis (wife Robin), along with grandchildren Jared, Amie and Lindsay, step-grandchildren Sean, Zach, and Charlee, along with niece Lynn Lampert and nephew Todd Keller, grand-niece Elise Lampert Clark , grand-nephew Adam Lampert, and beloved dog Kobe.
A graduate of the University of Boston, he spent time working in the advertising and marketing arena prior to opening his own travel agency, Vacations Unlimited. With Minnette at his side, the agency grew and prospered in South Orange, NJ as it was well known for its penultimate level of customer service and attention to detail. Bruce’s passion for travel was undeniable, and he continuously regaled his friends and family with stories of his exotic adventures.
Bruce and Minnette relocated to Tucson in 1999. Bruce was active in many community activities, including being a founding member of Shalom Tucson as well as a charter member of ROMEO’s (Retired Old Men Eating Out) of Tucson. Bruce’s love for Tucson was exemplified by how involved he was in the community and how he tried to make sure that newcomers to the area felt welcomed and part of the Tucson community. He always raved about Tuscon’s people, weather, sunset, mountain views, air quality, atmosphere and everything about the area. Bruce truly found peace in Tucson and often enjoyed the tranquility of watching the colors change on the mountains from his comfortable chair looking out on the foothills to the North.
Bruce was kind, understanding, patient and loving. He was always positive and found joy in the smallest details of life. He lived his life with a fervor and passion, determined to find something special in each and every day. Bruce was the type of man who could listen to someone talk for hours, and his greatest joy was sharing life with the people around him. Likewise, having Bruce in your life made it better, as he was always there to applaud your accomplishments and to help you overcome your failures. We are all better for knowing Bruce, and we will all miss him tremendously.
May he rest in peace.