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W. Leon Friedman, Jr., 87, of Savannah, Georgia and husband of Helene Whiteman Friedman, died Friday morning, December 25, 2020, at his home with his family at his side.

Born in Savannah, Georgia, he was a son of the late W. Leon Friedman, Sr. and the late Evelyn Bodziner. Mr. Friedman was a member of Congregation Agudath Achim. He graduated from Benedictine Military School and earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia. Mr. Friedman retired from residential and commercial real estate sales. He was a staunch Benedictine School supporter and an avid UGA Bulldog football fan. Mr. Friedman enjoyed reading, solving crossword puzzles, playing the trumpet and ballroom dancing, especially with Helene.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter-in-law, Lisa Alexandra Roltsch.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Helene Whiteman Friedman; three children, Dr. Ellen Vargas (Alberto), Dr. Philip Friedman, and Jason Friedman (Jeffrey); five grandchildren, Joshua Friedman, Callie Friedman, Alberto Vargas, Jr., Aden Vargas, and Enrique Vargas; one brother, Julian R. Friedman, and cousins including Maxine Gourse.

The funeral service will be held at 1 o’clock Sunday afternoon, December 27, 2020, at the graveside, Bonaventure Cemetery, conducted by Rabbi Steven B. Henkin.

Remembrances: McKenna-Friedman Scholarship Fund – c/o Savannah Elks Lodge #183 – 183 Wilshire Boulevard, Savannah, Georgia 31419-1329 or Congregation Agudath Achim – 9 Lee Boulevard, Savannah, Georgia 31405-5707.

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    Stanley and I were saddened to hear that Leon passed away this morning. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Brenda and Stanley Rosenberg

  2. Don & Claire Hidges says:

    Dear Philip & Family,

    We are so sorry for the loss of your dad. You all will be in
    our thoughts prayers.

    In Him,
    Don & Claire Hodges

  3. Linda Tillinger says:

    I have fond memories of you 2 dancing at community events. he had a love of life. my sin6cere condolences

  4. Rob Friedman says:

    Lee reached out to me last July to chat about my grandparents, whom he knew as a young man. His emails were lively, friendly, informative, and so much fun.

    I didn’t realize until today that he passed away. My condolences to the entire family.

    Rob Friedman

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