Maxwell B. Fried, 88, of Rydal, a former restaurateur, real estate agent and volunteer, died of heart failure Monday at Rydal Park Nursing Home.
Mr. Fried graduated from Simon Gratz High School. After studying restaurant management at Cornell University, he operated a restaurant at Broad and Olney Streets for several years. During World War II, he served in the Army at the Frankford Arsenal.
He then opened Maxwell Fried's Restaurant on Old York Road in Philadelphia and for 20 years hosted hundreds of weddings, bridal showers and bar mitzvahs. "He was a quintessential people-person," his son-in-law, Arthur Fields, said. "He had a million friends."
In 1965, Mr. Fried gave up the restaurant business to become a real estate entrepreneur. He owned and managed several apartment complexes and sold residential and commercial buildings, most recently for Prudential Real Estate in Jenkintown. He retired in his 80s.
Mr. Fried was a Shriner. For more than 20 years, he and members of the B'Nai Brith chapter that he served as president volunteered to work at Abington Memorial Hospital on Christmas so Christian employees could have off. After he had open-heart surgery in the 1980s, he visited cardiac patients at Abington to offer encouragement.
Mr. Fried was a longtime member of the Philmont Country Club in Huntingdon Valley. He and his childhood sweetheart, Henrietta Brenner, received a membership as a gift when they married in 1940. She died in 2005.
He is survived by a son, Joseph; a daughter, Leslie Fields; two granddaughters; and three great-grandchildren.