Dr. Arthur Friedman

Date: Thursday, May 7, 2020

Time: 2:30pm

Location: Graveside

Cemetery: Beth Moses Cemetery

Notes: It is with a heavy heart that we mourn the loss of Dr. Arthur Friedman. In usual circumstances, Arthur’s passing would be a tragedy for all of those who knew this wonderful man. But these are not usual times. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, our shared tragedy is compounded by the danger potential inherent to gathering en masse in a confined space. Though Arthur’s funeral will be held graveside at Beth Moses Cemetery on Thursday, May 7th at 2:30pm, social distancing guidelines only allow ten of us to attend in person. In order to accommodate the large group of people who will surely want to pay their respects to Arthur, the funeral will be live streamed via Facebook at the following link: Facebook Live Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 2:30pm https://www.facebook.com/arthur.friedman.3990 Though it may seem strange to pay our respects in this fashion, it is the only viable option in these uncertain times. Please consider attending the ceremony virtually to grieve a respected and beloved pillar of our community. Finally, Arthur’s family would like to directly thank the many friends, family members, Healthline patients, and community members who have offered their condolences and prayers. The Friedmans and their extended families are deeply touched by these gestures of kindness and respect. It warms their hearts to know that Arthur meant something to each and every one of you. Though Arthur is gone from this world, his spirit will live on in the hearts of all who mourn him.

Memorial Book for Dr. Arthur Friedman

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  1. In 1991, I was just in the 8th grade and suffered from something called bronchitis which led me right to a doctor’s office on Commack road called Commack Healthline. I was a nervous wreck going to a new doctor but as soon as I met dr. Friedman it was trust at first sight! He reminded me of my favorite actor John Ritter who played jack tripper. Dr. Friedman was not older than 27 at the time. He was humble and caring. He saw me grow up into an adult and always was supportive and made all of my worries go away instantly by giving me a hug and just saying “You’re fine.” It really is very, very hard to believe I not only lost my doctor but I lost a part of me. I feel lost knowing he is not here. He was always a phone call away. And when you think about it, he died as a hero. He was my hero. My health hero who gave us all hope. He was an absolute expert in his medical field. He will be missed very much by so many! RIP Dr. Friedman

  2. Our hearts are shattered. Not only was Arthur a terrific doctor but he was a wonderful friend. We will miss him terribly. My dad was his first patient when he opened Healthline. Our condolences and love to his family

  3. Today I called the office of Dr, Friedman only to find out he passed away. There are no words to express what a loss this is s. A wonderful man as well as doctor. My mom and I are so heartbroken as we used Dr Friedman for many years. May he rest in peace. Our condolences to his family.

  4. He was a very dear old friend, I knew him for 45 years. He was a great person and will truly be missed by many.

  5. Terribly saddened to hear this news. Rest in continued peace now and always. I used to work with Dr Friedman many years ago. Such a wonderful person. He will be missed by many, his loving family, his work family and patients. May God comfort your loved ones at this most difficult time.

  6. I starting using Dr. Friedman shortly after he started practicing Medicine at Island Medical. I following him when he opened his own practice, and when he joined the Smithtown practice. I considered him a friend as well as a respected Doctor. He was a wonderful, caring person.
    I sincerely offer my condolences and sympathy to his sister ,his two children and to Wendy and Chris who were his right arm for a long time.

  7. We were very saddened by the news of the passing of Dr Friedman. We knew Dr Friedman for almost 35 years not only as our doctor but as a friend. He was truly one of a kind person. Very caring and a great doctor to our family. His passing leaves a big hole in our hearts and will be terribly missed. Our thoughts and prayers and our sincerest condolences are with his family and his loving staff Chrissy and Wendy who have been with him for many years.

  8. I used to live near Commack then moved to Florida. Upon revisiting NY I developed pneumonia and my best friend, Jeanne D. took me to see Dr. Friedman. I found him to be so helpful, caring and personable. It was an honor for me to meet him. May he rest in peace.

  9. With the tragic passing of Dr. Friedman our community has lost an outstanding doctor and a warm, caring, compassionate and humane man. I have lost a kind and trusted friend. But, I can’t imagine what his loss means to his children, family and loved ones. My heart goes out to you.

  10. Thank you for all you’ve done for our family ever since we met when I was 9. Sending love and prayers and light

  11. He was my daughters biggest protector and my sons biggest fan. He took care of all of us for 25 years :inside and out. He held our hand and heart through sickness and grief and celebrated every milestone with us. He was and will always be family. Rest in peace dear Dr Friedman and thank you for making such an indelible mark on our hearts and on our lives ❤️

  12. Our family met Dr. Friedman at Island Medical when our son, finger got stuck in our garage door. That was 33years ago. He was the greatest dr. and friend. He was always there for us. MaOur family will never forget his devotion. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. A beautiful soul is lost. Margie Medalie

  13. I’ve lost a truly dear friend, Artie, of 43 years. We connected from the very first time we met, as counselors at Tyler Hill Camp, located in Pa in 1977.Luckily, back home, we lived only 15 minutes from one another and were able to see one another often. . We had many great (and sometimes quite crazy) times) during those early years of our friendship and, with our many heart to heart conversations along the way, became in many respects, like close brothers. We would always says our goodbyes by stating, “I love you brother.” Family, friends and patients will miss him so very much because he was such a good soul. My deepest condolences to his family and love ones. I’ll miss you, Artie. May you rest in peace and may your soul be bound in the bond of life.Love you brother.

  14. Dr Friedman was truly a man of great character. He always showed such compassion and tremendous patience toward my entire family. Anytime I needed medical care I felt like I was visiting a friend. Such a personable and caring human being . He will surely be missed but I will remember him fondly for the rest of my days!

  15. I knew Dr. Friedman for over 35 years. I remember seeing him in Island Medical when I was about 9 years old. When he opened Healthline in the original location, we followed him there and he was our family doctor. My parents and all of our family loved Dr. Friedman. He was a wonderful man and we will miss him very much. May he RIP he was a gem of a human being.

  16. Dr Friedman was a wonderful man, I’ve been seeing him for at least 20 years, he’s the only dr I’ve ever been happy to see, he made me feel comfortable each and every time I saw him, we would talk about our lives, aches and pains, and what worked and what didn’t! I truly felt I could talk to him on so many levels. We never hung out, gone to dinner or anything like that but I considered him my friend and I will miss him very much!
    My heart goes out to his family, and also Chris and Wendy.
    May he Rest In Peace

  17. Me and my family are so sad that our belvoed Dr. Friedman passed away. We have been going for 20 years. Dr. Friedman was not only our doctor but we considered him our friend and the caring was obviously mutual. May he rest in peace in God’s loving arms. We love and will miss you terribly. Our condolences to family and staff.

  18. We are so sorry for the loss of our beloved Dr. Arthur Friedman. He was a terrific doctor and a dear friend. Our thoughts are with his family and Wendy and Chris at this difficult time.

  19. I first met Dr. Friedman when he was the Corps doctor for Commack Ambulance and was located in the strip mall on Commack Rd before opening his practice at the larger current building. He diagnosed me in two minutes with seasonal asthma and within a couple of weeks I was fine. Afterwards he saw me immediately after I appeared to have Bell’s Palsey and he diagnosed it right there and got me over to a neurologist in Huntington in one hour ! He cared about being a doctor, he cared about all of his patients and he was a good man. He will be missed and we are saddened by this tragic loss. Our hearts go out to the family. The world has lost a very special person.

  20. Dr. Friedman Will be so greatly missed. He was a wonderful man with a kind Heart and cared for his Patients in a way that is hard to find. Our family is deeply saddened and will always remember him in our hearts. RIP Dr Friedman Condolences to his family and loved ones

  21. I received a text from a friend of mine telling me of Dr. Friedman’s passing. I was shocked, couldn’t believe it & had a good cry. Not only was he my Doctor for over 30 years, but he was also a person that you felt was part of your family. I remember sharing moments talking about our children, him consoling me when I lost both my parents. I could go on and on but the one thing I am sure of he was one of a kind! He will be extremely missed. My condolences to his children, family Wendy & Chris. Rest in Peace.

  22. My husband and I are so deeply saddened by Dr. Friedman’s passing. Our family has been with him since he started at Island Medical until present. He was such a caring, wonderful person who will be sorely missed by so many. He was a true blessing in our lives. Our most heartfelt condolences are with his family and loving staff. Rest In Peace.

  23. Dr Friedman was my doctor and my daughters family doctor. He was my security blanket, no matter what happened he would fix it. I always knew he was there for me. I have such a sadness losing such a great doctor and good friend. RIP Dr Friedman, will miss you.

  24. Dr. Friedman was a man of great passion and dedication. He was more then just my Doctor, but a friend and confidant. My family and I were his patients since 1987, and no matter what the issue he always was there with a smile and reassurance. I vividly recall an emergency situation many years ago with my younger son at a local hospital, and with a quick phone call, Arthur put my mind at ease. He will be missed by all who knew him. May he rest with the angels now. Our deepest sympathy to his family.

  25. So tragic. A caring individual with a great heart is just a few of the ways you could speak about Arthur. Such a great loss to so many people. My sympathies go to the family and friends. Still hard to believe. Rest In Peace Arthur …

  26. Ive been a patient of Dr. Friedman’s for over 25 years, and I was shocked and saddened to learn of his death. He was one of the kindest, most compassionate doctors that I have ever known. He never made me feel rushed…he took his time and always diagnosed me perfectly. He will be sorely missed.
    My prayers are with his family and loved ones.

  27. I first met d. Friedman, 20 yrs ago!!!we became fastfast friends. My family and I are devastated, to hear if his passing . He will truly be missed. I will pray that dr. Friedman be at peace!!!!!

  28. My mom first brought me to Dr. Friedman almost 25 years ago when he first opened his own practice. Over the years, he was the only doctor that I had ever met who had endless compassion, gentle beside manner, and genuine concern for all he knew. I moved 45 minutes away, but could not bring myself to see any other physician. He was a great comfort to me upon my mom’s passing one year ago today. I am heartbroken by his loss. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones. Rest in peace, Dr. Friedman. You will be missed.

  29. We lost one of the most caring sympathetic physicians I have ever known. Not only was he the first internal medicine doctor I called my own but he was a mentor and family friend. He knew that if he were to catch this life altering disease he may not survive. That did not stop him. He worked until he could work no more. He fought until he could not fight anymore. He did it all for us.

    From the mouth of Dr.Arthur Friedman who knew how to just pull the best out of you and teach you to not give up, “Use your medicine Kel” he would say to me with any question I proposed. “Ok, now what” he would continue as I thought it out. He taught me how to quite frankly figure it out with the information you had and what you knew. I will be forever grateful to have known you since the day I was born, to call you “my doctor”, train in your footsteps. You will forever be missed and never forgotten Dr.Friedman.💔 #heathlineofcommack #smithtown

  30. Dr. Friedman you were our Dr.and our friend! After grooming Shayna on many Sunday mornings, you me and Bob had many hours of wonderful conversations together. You will never be forgotten and you deserve the best as you RIP along with your loved ones. Til we meet again you will be deeply missed by all!

  31. I just heard this news and I am simply blown away. I too knew Arthur for decades. I met him as a young sales rep for Bay Medical Supply company is he he came in on a covert mission as he was taking the plunge of going out on his own. We spend countless hours and days designing and setting up Healthline of Commack and he became part of the fabric of the community instantly. We also became instant friends sharing cold beers and commiserating over how crappy the Knicks were on any given day, all while telling me to watch my cholesterol! He as so excited about the coming chapter of his life and a lost spring in his step was regained. He was my doctor, my health advocate and my friend and I will truly miss him.
    My deepest sympathies go out to Nikki and Eric. Your dad loved you without boundaries.
    Good bye old friend…

  32. Don’t want to say was. Dr. Friedman is and always will be one of the best people and doctors I could ever have hoped to be part of my life. Such a nice understanding and good willed man. Always looked out for me and will always be in mind and heart as someone special that I was fortunate to see the last 20 years or so. He knew what I needed with medication and advice. I know he was a big part of many lives and the close connection he had with his great staff. My heart goes out to him, his family and all those that knew him. My good bless Dr. Friedman forever.

  33. very little I can add to all of the glowing tributes from others, bottom line , he made my spouse feel comfortable about going to the Doctor’s, something no other Doctor was EVER able to do. Like with so many others , I felt he was a FRIEND , that being the greatest tribute I can pay him. R I P Dr. Friedman , you were the very definition of the word ” special”.

  34. I am deeply heartbroken and sadden about the passing of Dr. Friedman. He was not only a great physician to me for many years but a kind compassionate friend. Thank you Dr. Friedman for all you did for many of us who were soo blessed to have you as our Physician but most of all as a friend. My deepest condolences to your beloved family and your dedicated staff, Wendy and Christine. You will be missed but always remembered. God Blessings and RIP in Heaven Dr.. Friedman

  35. We started going to Dr Friedman when we first moved to Dix Hills. He took such good care of me, and my children. Truly can’t believe that he has passed. May his memory be for a blessing.

  36. I am totally devastated learning if Dr Friedman’s passing. I met Arthur 31 years ago, new to Commack, when my then 2 year old daughter cut her leg and required stitches. Her pediatrician was closed and I didn’t want to go to the ER. a neighbor told be of Dr Friedman. Upon meeting him I knew he would be my forever doctor. Since that day he became my primary doctor. His compassion, sincerity and talent as a doctor was extraordinary. Over the years we became friends and each visit included updating family news. I always felt confident with his diagnosis and treatment. He was a true mench and will be missed tremendously! My heart goes out to his family and friends as well as his dedicated staff Wendy and Chris. Rest In Peace and you will always be in my heart.

  37. Very sad to hear about our “Commack Doctor”. He took very good care of all his patience. No matter what was wrong with you, he was there. The blood pressure medicine he gave me I still use today. His office was always crowded and most time you would see someone you knew in the waiting room. He was definitely our Commack Doctor. My best to your family and he will never be replaced in Commack.

  38. The loss of Arthur Friedman leaves a void that will never be filled. My family, especially me started seeing him more than 30 years ago. He was not only our doctor, but our friend, confidant, and strength in good times and bad. He was always there for us and we will miss him deeply. I am still in shock and expect to see him in his office like always taking care of everyone. We always told each other that we loved each other. I am so devastated by this loss. I hope his family knows how much he was loved, because his patients certainly did. We miss him and will always have a place in out hearts for him.

  39. Philippians 1:3
    “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you

    God speed . . .

  40. Not only was Dr. Friedman my doctor, he was my friend and I miss him tremendously. My condolences to his family. My prayers are with you. Just between him and me, “Shark Chum”.

  41. RIP Arthur. You were my physician, client, and friend for almost 30 years. We shared our passion for the 2nd Amendment and many other interests. May your memory be eternal.

  42. A loss of words, shock and disbelief…. I loved Dr.Friedman. Dr. Friedman was my only doctor. He was such an inspiration to all those who knew him. Throughout the years, as my parents fell ill, my father was diagnosed with cancer. I would call and discuss his findings and Dr. Friedman gave us such direction and confirmation with his as expertise. I felt so lucky to have him in our lives. He was my friend and believed in me. He hugged me when I would come to the office… Shared his life’s moments good and bad. Was a pillar when my father passed, as he knew him deeply for years. Dr. Friedman always had such a kind, genuine showing for your concerns, as if you were, his family. He would make me laugh, shared tears, shared our experiences about life. There is no other doctor I have ever met who was so real and made you feel like you weren’t a patient, you were his friend and he was helping you. I’m so sorry to all those who grieve this great loss. My condolences to his family, friends, staff and many many healthline family. Our hearts are shattered as we grieve with you. May the Lord bring you comfort in this great time of loss. Dr. Friedman you were loved by many and will be missed deeply in so many of our lives. May you rest in the Lord’s eternal love till meet again.

  43. My parents brought me to see Dr Friedman on the recommendation of my aunt and uncle. He has been my family’s doctor since I was in middle school. He has been a major part of my family’s lives. I found out Dr Friedman was in the hospital on May 4th and he passed the next day. He was an amazing man and no one will ever fill his shoes. RIP Dr Friedman we love you

  44. My mom and I only heard the news today, a week after the funeral, otherwise we’d have said something sooner. Arthur was my parents’ GP for close to 30 years, and mine intermittently. He was a fabulous doctor, caring and considerate and kind. My late dad adored him, and my poor mom is gutted. Our condolences to the family. This is a tragic loss. Rest in peace, Dr Friedman. I hope my Dad met you at the gates of the afterlife to talk your ear off.

  45. What a good man. I am so sad to hear of his passing. I have been a patient of his for over twenty five years. My condolences to the family. Anytime I saw him he was caring and considerate. RIP Arthur.

  46. So very sad to hear of Arthurs passing
    I last saw Arthur 2 months ago before Covid
    we were residents together at Metropolitan Hospital
    He was a caring physician and will sorely be missed Rest in peace

  47. We are so saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Arthur Friedman. We first knew him as a young, kind, compassionate doctor at Island Medical Care. His caring for his patients was always evident. He would always ask about the family and talk about his family as well. He was not only our doctor but our friend. His passing will be a tremendous loss to our community. Our condolences go out the his entire family. May he Rest In Peace.

  48. I am so sorry to hear about Dr. Friedman. He was such a caring and wonderful man. He will be missed. My whole family is devastated. My condolences to his family. We will miss you Dr.Friedman.

  49. I was so saddened to learn about Dr Friedman. Though I moved away from the area three years ago, I will always be so appreciative of how wonderful he was. When I would come to the office, I felt I was home. He was so caring, knowledgeable, concerned and made each patient feel he/she was so special. The community has lost a treasure. We have lost an exceptional doctor, dear friend, and an extraordinary human being. My condolences to his family. Rest In Peace.

  50. I am heartbroken by the passing of Dr. Friedman which I read in the papers. I first met him when he was at Island Medical and I brought my dad in for a diagnosis. That was over 32 years ago and he has been my doctor and friend ever since. Not only was he caring and compassionate, but the best diagnostician you could hope to find anywhere. There are no words to express the hole in my heart at his loss. RIP Dr. Friedman, you will be missed and never forgotten.

  51. I was shocked to learn today that Dr. Friedman passed away when my father called to tell me he just learned about it. In fact I was planning to call Dr. Friedman’s office to find out his office hours for this week for my visit to have my regular blood cholesterol test. He has been my friendly and caring doctor for over thirty years. We became close enough too often talk about each others careers, family matters, and stuff going on in the world (some serious and some funny). About 6-7 years ago he was helpful to me with a business related issue I had, which I will never forget. RIP Doc Friedman, I won’t forget you :(

  52. When I first came to your office it was 1995 with my mom and my little brother. I thought you resembled John Ritter so much and from the moment I saw you, instant trust. You always found a way to make your patients feel like everything was going to be ok. My mom was always a nervous wreck and you would always find a way to make sure she left calm and always said “Everything will be ok”. You were the best doctor anyone could ask for. You were one of a kind and the most sincere man. I feel blessed to have known you. You will never be forgotten. RIP and GOD bless you always.

  53. I only found out today that Dr. Friedman had passed away. I am so sad that I won’t be able to visit him again. He was a kind and caring man. He took the time to remember you and truly made you feel like he was a friend as well as a doctor. He s will be sorely missed.
    My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time. He was a blessing.

  54. I was so distressed to learn via my roots to the Commack community that Dr Friedman was not well during this pandemic, and further saddened to learn of his passing. Dr F treated me so many times for bronchitis or whatever, in the 90s when I had outgrown the pediatrician I had no fondness for. It was always a pleasure to see him, even though I could barely breathe when I arrived. I knew after a nebulizer treatment, I would be on my way home with the needed scripts and on the mend. He was always so caring and friendly, which I believe was part of his medicine. At some point I left my nest in Commack but rarely, if ever, have held a Dr in such high regard. I got sick with covid19 also. And while Dr F was still exposing himself and seeing patients, I was given a telehealth session and told to get tested at a time when tests were hard to come by. I recovered and have donated plasma twice already. Dr Friedman and Family: My plasma donations are being made on your behalf. I send my plasma out into the world with love and in the spirit of compassion and hope for good health that I found at Dr Friedman’s office. I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one and this great doctor.

  55. He was the consummate physician! What a wonderful human being. He will be missed.

  56. As we all mourn our fallen veterans this Memorial Day I will also mourn the passing of my doctor,MY FRIEND I will give you a ride on my Harley in HEAVEN GOOD BYE DOC.

  57. To the family of Doctor Arthur Friedman. He was not only my doctor but also a friend of mine. My heart bleeds for the lose of my good friend. Best doctor and friend ever to have had. No one can or will replace him. I loved him like a brother. Arthur talked about his children, so proud he was. A good man. My heart goes out to the family. Be proud of your dad a great man he was. Arthur may days in heaven fill you with peace and happiness. Love you my friend.

  58. To the family of Dr. Arrhur Friedman, he is one of a kind, it took me many many years to find a doctor who was willing to listen and understand I know my body. He was also great at making you feel you were just as important as his own family. I honestly felt he was also a goof friend to anyone who allowed him to be.My heart breaks for your family, please find peace in knowing there is a reason he was taken so early….he has others to help in heaven.

  59. I am so saddened to hear of his loss. I was calling him this morning because I am not well and I had the shock of my life learning what happened. I can not even put into words the sorrow I feel. I have kidney disease and he was testing my blood every other week as a favor to keep me updated on my numbers. He was so caring. I could really tell he cared so much about me and my husband and all of the other patients under his care. We moved to Rocky Point but still went to see him. I am going to feel this loss for a long time to come. My husband and I plan on coming to the cemetery as we missed the services. I say , with tears in my eyes, rest in peace, we will miss you and thank you for everything

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