Chuck F. Friday - December 15, 2017

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  NEW 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, Lori.

        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.