David Aaron Friedman, 87, of Lawrenceville and Boynton Beach, Fla., died June 6, 2020. He was born and raised in Trenton, and for the last 40 years spent winters in Boynton Beach.
He graduated from Trenton Central High School, where he excelled on the swim team, in 1951. He graduated from Duke University and its law school in 1957.
After graduating law school and moving back to Trenton, Mr. Friedman began practicing law with State Sen. Sido Ridolfi, forming the law firm Ridolfi and Friedman in the early 1960s. His law career encompassed an extensive array of land use and development work, and he was involved in development and redevelopment projects in Mercer County and throughout New Jersey. He represented many local builders and some national developers building apartments, office parks, single family houses, and many other land use real estate projects.
One of his proudest career achievements was stewarding the approvals and advancing the development of Eggerts Crossing Village in Lawrenceville, which provides low-income housing in an historically African-American section of Lawrence Township. Years later, Fred Vereen Jr., past president of Lawrence Non-Profit Housing, Inc., recognized him as an integral component to the completion of the project.
Among his additional professional accomplishments were developing low-income, senior-citizen, and family apartment projects; extensive involvement in several community banks; and serving as a leading force in bringing cable television to Hamilton Township.
He played golf for much of his life, joining the golf team at Duke and eventually winning the club championship at Greenacres Country Club (now known as Cobblestone Creek) in Lawrenceville over five different decades. His involvement with Greenacres extended to serving on the board and as president, and he spearheaded the recent land sale to construct housing and renovate the golf course and clubhouse.
He was an original member of Falls Country Club in Lake Worth, Fla., and had the first hole in one recorded at both the Falls and Metedeconk National in Jackson, where he was also an original member. One of his crowning golfing achievements was playing at over 1,000 golf courses around the world, including in Scotland and Ireland, and even the Augusta National while a member of the Duke golf team. He was also one of the original creators and board members of The First Tee of Greater Trenton, which provides golf opportunities and life skills to young people. He enjoyed travel, especially to the south of France.
Predeceased by a son, Eric, he is survived by his wife of 63 years, Marilyn (Nelson); two sons, Jeffrey (Kathy Lee) of Berkeley, Calif., and Steven (Heath) of Lawrenceville; daughter-in-law Amy Gutmann of Seattle; a brother, Robert of Los Angeles; and seven grandchildren.
Private services were held with arrangements by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel, Ewing; a memorial service will be held at a later time. Memorial contributions may be made to The First Tee of Greater Trenton (firstteegreatertrenton.org/ways-to-give) or American Heart Association (heart.org).