Jim Friedl
Jim Friedl
  • October 1, 1944 - October 29, 2016
  • Agoura Hills, California

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James (Jim) Teddy Friedl, Sr. passed away in Thousand Oaks, California on Saturday October 29, 2016.

A celebration of his life will be held at The Agoura Hills Event Center 29900 Ladyface Court in Agoura Hills on Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 11:00 AM.

Jim was born on October 1, 1944 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He met his future wife Sally at Pulaski High School when he was only 16 and she was 14. Both of his parents, Hans and Sophie, passed away while he was in high school. After high school he found that he had an affinity for computers and started working at a computer data processing company when computers were the size of a truck and had less computing power than a smartphone.

While in Milwaukee, Jim and Sally started their family and were geographically surrounded by a big, extended, loving family. Jim has 2 brothers John Friedl and Ken (Midge) Friedl living in Texas and Missouri respectively and 3 late sisters June Sheban, Ruth Nowak and Hilda Stawicki. He is survived by wife Sally; sons Jim Jr. (Tracy) and Dave; grandchildren Sophie, Emma, Paulina, David, Colby and Hunter, as well as extended family and friends.

His career led Jim and his family from Milwaukee to Chicago to San Francisco and finally to Agoura Hills, where they have lived since 1977.

Jim had a short stint at Xerox and IBM before he joined a small San Fernando Valley software company called Execudata/CMI where he eventually became a part owner. In the early 1990s, he invested in Copy-rite Printing which eventually became CR Print based in Westlake Village.

Jim was a deeply loved son, brother, uncle, husband, father and grandfather who worked really hard to provide for his family. It was obvious, though, he loved his role as "Grampy" best. Although his reputation may be that of a no nonsense businessman, he was just mushy goo around his six grandkids. He loved them and would do anything for them. He cheered from the stands and sidelines at countless youth and Agoura and Westlake High School sporting events and is fondly remembered by AHS football families in 1980s for his booming chant: "Get the Ball Defense, Get the Ball!"

He just loved the holidays . . . hiding Easter baskets in ridiculously difficult locations, Christmas Eve dinner and presents, slow-grilling the Thanksgiving Turkey starting at 4:00 AM, and dressing up as Merlin at Halloween.

He and Sally were married 52 years and after the kids left they traveled extensively and he loved our National Parks. He always loved the Green Bay Packers, Star Trek, reading sci-fi and the dogs (Freddy, Holly and Bailey). Jim went through phases over his lifetime and was passionate about running, golfing and sailing at different times.

Throughout his adult life, Jim had more than his share of medical challenges. He earned frequent flier miles at Cedars, UCLA Health and Los Robles but rarely missed a day of work. By all accounts, he lived far beyond the years expected of someone with his medical rap sheet. Suffice it to say, we are deeply grateful for the dozens of Doctors and nurses who worked with Jim over the years.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Jim's favorite non-profit, Play Conejo - a public park foundation - are greatly appreciated (www.playconejo.org).