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Thomas Alan Friend

06/13/1951 - 04/10/2022

Thomas Alan Friend, 70, of Hibbing, passed away Sunday, April 10, 2022 at his residence.

Tom was born June 13, 1951 to Solomon and Mary Elizabeth (Arseueau) Friend in Hibbing, MN. He lived most of his life in Hibbing and Grand Rapids. He was among the graduating class of 1969 of Hibbing High School. He was homecoming king and enjoyed playing varsity hockey. After high school he went on to try out for an NHL hockey team. He enjoyed working as a plumber pipe fitter. He was also an entrepreneur and along with his brother started a family business called Friend Innovations. The invention was a swing away mailbox support that is still being used on roadways today.

Tom enjoyed spreading cheer; he lived a carefree, and happy life. Later in life it became harder for him to walk without a cane, yet he still had a youthful spirit. He was known as a social butterfly and always had jokes to tell. He loved singing karaoke but a more prominent skill was a great Tarzan call.

Being as he was like a kid himself, he knew how to have a good time. He choose to spend quality time with his children, nieces, nephews and granddaughters. He put in long hours building/repairing motor cycles, go carts, car, and golf cart for the kids to have a fun in.

Granddaughter Serenity said he used to always tell us “to be happy and walk away from unhappy people”, but the one thing that stuck out was he told us “not to be sad when he died.”

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Buddy Friend and Pat Friend; and three sisters: Sharon Hemenway, Candace Sykes, and Punka Friend.

He is survived by brothers: Charles & wife Francine Friend, Larry Friend, Ronald & wife Denise Friend, and Terry Friend; sister, Beverly Friend; his children: Nathan Friend (Steph), and Elizabeth Friend; also by his most cherished granddaughters, Athena Friend and Serenity Friend; along with many nieces and nephews.

Tarzan has retired into the jungle.

Please join us in remembering the happy memories that were shared with Tom at his Remembrance of Life at 1:30 this Saturday, April 16, 2022 at the Keewatin Community Center (215 N 1st St. Keewatin, MN 55753).

Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Hibbing.

3 thoughts on “Thomas Alan Friend”

  1. Terry Marinucci says:

    I was saddened to read of Tom’s passing. He went to school with my brother and I knew him as a likable guy. My sympathy to all his family.

  2. LindaNelson says:

    We were saddened to hear of Tom’s passing and we are sending thoughts and prayers to the family .As Tom was a wonderful man and friends to all he will be missed by all .Sending hugs to the family and condolences. From the Nelson Family

  3. Ginger Collyard says:

    To the Friend family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Tom was a great guy and a good ‘friend’. I always looked forward to seeing him at our class reunions. He may have used a cane, but he still managed to dance a couple dances with me at our 50th class reunion! . He always had a smile and will be missed.
    Bob and Ginger Collyard

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Saturday 04/16/2022 at 1:30 PM
Keewatin Community Center, North 1st Street, Keewatin, MN, USA