NEW YORK — Martin Friedricks, who had a long career in sportswear and outerwear, died Sunday at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Fla.
He was 77 and died of complications from Parkinson’s disease, said his son Bruce.
After graduating from law school in the late Fifties, Friedricks began working in the eponymous outerwear company started by his father, Henry Friedricks & Co. Under Martin’s direction, the company moved into sportswear in the Sixties, and the firm’s name was changed to Friedricks Sport. The firm worked with designers such as Hazel and Bill Haire and John Anthony.
That company went out of business in the late Eighties, and Martin Friedricks then worked at a few other apparel firms, including Spitalnik & Co. He retired in the early Nineties and relocated to Sarasota.
Bruce Friedricks said his father was modest and compassionate. “He was not showy, and he wasn’t one for glitz,” Bruce recalled. “He liked to surround himself with family.”
Besides his son Bruce, Friedricks is survived by his wife, Barbara “Chris” Kringel Friedricks; a daughter, Linda Halper; another son, Kenny; two sisters, Thelma Turkel and Patricia Ravitch, and four grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Thursday at the Riverside Nassau North Chapels in Great Neck, N.Y.