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David Louis Friedman

Doctor of optometry, avid reader, lifelong learner

David Friedman. (Courtesy photo)

Dr. David Louis Friedman of Harvard died at Emerson Hospital April 23, 2020, from complications of COVID-19 at the age of 73.

Born in Queens, New York, on February 14, 1947, he was the son of Jerry and Ruth (Ehrman) Friedman. David was raised in Baldwin, New York, the elder of two children.

David is survived by his wife of 46 years, Carol (Considine) Friedman, his loving sons Andrew of Shirley and Zachary of Westwood, as well as Zachary’s wife Elizabeth and daughters Isla Rose and Clara Ruth. David’s sister Marilyn Friedman resides in New York City.

David was a dedicated doctor of optometry and had a remarkable career treating patients and continuing his education. He completed his undergraduate training at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, New Jersey, before relocating to Boston, where he graduated from the Massachusetts College of Optometry (now New England College of Optometry) in 1972.

Following graduation, David joined the staff at the Teamsters Union Eye Clinic in Charlestown before being recruited as a clinical staff optometrist at MIT Medical in Cambridge. He opened his full-scope optometric practice Gateway Vision in Westford in 1973, where he provided comprehensive and compassionate eye and vision care to families throughout northwest Middlesex County for over 40 years before retiring in 2015.

David continued his love of learning by earning a certificate degree in 2001 from the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis, and he was a longtime member of the Massachusetts Society of Optometrists and the American Optometric Association.

David loved music and was an avid reader and devoted New York Giants fan. In 2006, David had the distinct privilege of representing his uncle Benny Friedman upon his induction to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. David’s loved ones find comfort in fond memories of family ski trips, celebratory dinners and holidays, and their special annual summer trip to Ogunquit, Maine, where David so enjoyed riding the trolley to Perkins Cove and indulging in ice cream with his granddaughters.

A private funeral service was held Tuesday, April 28, at Badger Funeral Home, 347 King Street, Littleton. Burial was at Bellevue Cemetery, Harvard. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in David’s name to the Westford Food Pantry, 20 Pleasant Street, Westford, MA 01886 or online at www.westford foodpantry.org.

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