BALTIMORE – Chuck F. Friday born January 18, 1944 passed away
December 15, 2017. Chuck grew up in the idyllic setting of 1950's
New Baltimore, NY, where barefoot adventures amongst creek sides and
backyards were the order of the day, and parents were secure in the
knowledge that their kids would be home by dinnertime. Chuck aligned
himself with several grade school pals who in time proved to be
lifelong friends. In adolescence, he and Ravena native, Elizabeth
Burns, fell in love.
Chuck graduated from Ravena Coeymans Selkirk High School
near the top of his class, with honors in academics and sports.
College followed; after graduating from the University of Rochester,
Chuck served in the US Navy. During this time, he and Elizabeth were
wed. A son, Jeff, was born, and later, they adopted their daughter,
Chuck had a successful career with the State of New York,
but considered himself a country boy, and would dedicate his free
time to simple pleasures. Summers were spent boating on the Hudson
River, where Lori and Jeff, as well as any tag-along friends (all
were welcome) learned to water ski and tube.
The kids on South Clement Avenue would gather to walk with
Chuck to the Hannacroix Creek Falls, and many were given their very
own walking stick as a token gift. As the neighborhood kids grew,
Chuck would help them with their schoolwork, and later, resumes for
job interviews, or a thoughtful word of advice.
Chuck was a music aficionado, with near-encyclopedic recall
of Top 10 hits of the 50s and 60s. His first generation iPod has
logged thousands of hours; the music of Chuck Berry, Little Richard,
and Fats Domino was the soundtrack to his life.
The story of Chuck's life would include his talents in many
areas, including photography, public speaking, historical research,
writing, and paper making.
In the early spring, Chuck could be found with a fishing
line or two in the Hudson, waiting for the stripers to bite. The
yearly pilgrimage to the Bethlehem Town Park became a joyful ritual.
In recent years, Chuck struggled with his health and the difficulty
of losing Elizabeth, his partner in life. He is finally free.
Chuck is survived by his children, Jeff and Lori,
son-in-law Kenny Hohman, and granddaughter Ellie Friday-Hohman, of
whom he was especially proud. Chuck leaves behind his sisters, Sue
Friday and Diane (Neal) Fisher.
The Friday family would like to extend thanks to Kathy and
Mike DiNapoli, Fran Hoffman and Mike Anatriello for their friendship
during challenging times, and especially to Les Rarick and Howie
Engel. We are also grateful to his wonderful neighbors at Hawthorne
Ridge for providing companionship during the past year.
A memorial celebration will be planned for early 2018. In
lieu of flowers, the Fridays would like to suggest that donations be
made to the
RCS Community Library.