In Memorial

Martin Bentley Friend

Date of Death: April 27th, 2021
15 Iyar 5781


Martin Bentley Friend, January 19, 1928 - April 27, 2021. With great sadness, the family of Martin Friend mourns his passing, just four months after his having lost the love of his life, Ellen, to whom he was married for 69 years. "Marty" was a graduate of DePaul Law School, a Navy veteran, and a respected attorney who seemed to know everyone in Chicago. A social animal with an incredibly wide circle of friends, he was beloved for his boundless enthusiasm, gregarious manner, generosity, unflagging sense of humor, and lifelong allegiance to the Chicago Cubs. He was the devoted husband of Ellen Jane Simons Friend; loving father of David Friend (Nancy Paulsen), Richard Friend (Derrick Pooyouma) and the late Janet (Steve) Berman; dear grandfather of Sam, Eliot, Jake and the late Molly; cherished brother of the late Muriel Silverman (the late I. Irving Silverman and the late Harold Kartun); and favorite uncle, in-law, friend, mentor, social companion and Brookdale neighbor of countless others. Contributions in his memory may be made to DePaul University, at Private graveside service. Please attend via livestream, Friday 11:00 AM CST. For the link to view the service and to leave condolences: Shalom Memorial Funeral Home, or (847) 255-3520.

Service Information

Service : Friday, April 30th at 11:00 am
Service Location: Private Service-Live Stream Access - Memorial Park Cemetery

May His Memory Be A Blessing.

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The service took place Friday, April 30, 2021 at 11:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Memorial Park Cemetery
9900 Gross Point Road

Shiva Information

Private Shiva

Notes of condolence may be sent to:
The Friend Family
c/o Shalom Memorial Funeral Home
1700 W. Rand Road
Arlington Heights, Illinois 60004

DePaul University

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Guest Book & Memories

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April 29th, 2021

Dear David and extended family:
I’m so very sorry for your loss. May your dad’s memory be for a blessing.

~Lori Seltzer Schwartzwald
~Friend, Deerfield, Illinois

April 29th, 2021

On behalf of the Pearlstein family, please accept our sincerest condolences.

~Scott Pearlstein
~, Evanston

April 28th, 2021

Marty was my first boss in the legal profession, at a time I knew absolutely nothing. He taught me so much about how to network. Probably the best raconteur ever! I distinctly remember his entire desk drawer filled with thousands of 3x5 index cards. When someone called, he'd consult the cards and fill in the details on partners, children, cased he'd handled. And he knew everyone, index cards or not. Walking down the streets of Chicago on the way to lunch was a virtual Who's Who of Chicago lawyers waving to Marty. A life well-lived. Marty, you are missed!

~Stephen L Hoffman
~worked for Marty, Chicago


Yahrzeit Dates For Martin Bentley Friend

Tradition directs us in the evening before the Yahrzeit dates listed below, the anniversary of our loved one's day of death, we are to kindle a candle in our homes as a reminder of their place in our hearts.

Gregorian Date
15th of Iyyar 57825/16/2022
15th of Iyyar 57835/6/2023
15th of Iyyar 57845/23/2024
15th of Iyyar 57855/13/2025
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