Flying Tiger Line
Pilots Association

Sigurd “Siggy” Thele

In Memoriam

July 17, 1928 - February 22, 2017

My dad, Sigurd “Siggy” Thele, worked for “Tigers” at EWR from approximately 1964 until FT was purchased by FED EX.  He was born 7/17/28 in the Bronx, New York.  Even though it was a part-time position because he was a high school teacher, he loved all his years at the airport.  He had many responsibilities among them was doing the weight and balance.

He passed away February 22, 2017.  He is survived by his wife Sylvia, daughter Karen, son-in-law Edward, son Jon, daughter-in-law Sandy and four Grandchildren (Emily shown below)  

He was a devoted employee and loved the company.  It enabled us to see the world.  His love of the travel industry was instilled in his entire family.  His granddaughter now is an International Flight Attendant for United Airlines based out of EWR.  He was immensely proud of her and enjoyed sharing his passion for travel.   His other granddaughter and her husband both work for Fed Ex and so the tradition continues.

I don’t know if you would like to use any of this information and if any of his former co-workers are still around.  Just thought I would share.


Siggy’s Daughter,

Karen Shapiro


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