COLUMBUS, Ga. — Irwin Friedlander, best known as “Friedy,” 92, of Columbus, died early Thursday, Aug. 28, 2008, in Columbus with his daughter, Cindy, at his side. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, at graveside in the Friedlander Memorial Gardens in Moultrie.

Mr. Friedlander was born June 4, 1916, in Moultrie to the late Louis and Esther Friedlander. He was the eldest of six brothers. He was preceded in death by brothers, Malvin, Herman and Dick. He is survived by brothers, Matt Friedlander and wife Jacqueline, and Jack Friedlander and wife Sue; and sisters-in-law, Ann Friedlander and Carolyn Friedlander, all of Moultrie. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Peggy, and two daughters, Judy and Jill, and is survived by son Ken and daughter Cindy Friedlander Meyers, along with five grandchildren, Kerri Michaels, Leah Friedlander, Paul Friedlander, Zack Morgan and Casey Meyers, who family said adored him. He also leaves behind two great-grandchildren, Abby and Olivia, who family said were the lights of his life, and dozens of nieces and nephews.

Mr. Friedlander was a Pi Beta Kappa graduate of Duke University, where he lettered in wrestling. He served with distinction and honor as an officer in the Navy during World War II and was known as a civic and business leader in Columbus as a past president of Rotary and owner of Matthews women’s clothing stores.

At his request, the ashes of his dog, Rascal, will be laid to rest with him.

Contributions may be made to the charity of your choice, the Humane Society or the Duke Athletic Department.

Please sign the online guestbook at www.moultrieobserver.com.

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