Flying Tiger Line Pilots Association
April 6, 1928- January 15, 2008
ALLENTOWN, PA. – Walter Sahaydak passed away on January 15, 2008 at Sacred Heart Hospital following a short illness.
Born on April 6, 1928, he was the son of Hnat and Katherine Sahaydak, formerly of the Ukraine. Raised on the family farm in Sandbrook, he attended a nearby one-room schoolhouse and later attended Flemington High School graduating in 1947.
Following high school, Walt served with the US Army as a member of the Tenth Corp. during the Korean War.
Following the war, he began working as a Flight Engineer for Flying Tigers Airline. He eventually became a Captain for the airlines, based out of Newark Airport, where he worked until his retirement in 1987.
Walt and his wife, Sarah, lived for many years on Dayton Road in Flemington in a home built by his brother, Tony. Later, the couple moved to Pennsylvania, where he was able to combine his love of the outdoors with his love of refinishing classic cars while Sarah raised horses. In recent years, they moved to Cherryville, PA.
Walt was an avid race fan his entire life. In his younger years, he raced go-karts at RicRa Racetrack along with family and friends. He was a fixture at the Flemington Speedway, where some of his best friends raced. He also traveled each year to the Indianapolis 500 with his family.
A devoted family man, he will be greatly missed by his beloved wife of over 41 years, Sarah Catherine, as well as by his sons, Walter C. Sahaydak of Fleetwood, PA and Raymond Reper of Flemington, NJ, a daughter, Bobbie Ann Atfield of Martinsville as well as 5 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his sisters, Mary Duckworth and Stephanie Kerr and three brothers, Mike, Tony and Joe Sahaydak as well as a granddaughter, Tara Reper.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 21, 2008 at 11:00 AM in the Robert L. Ford Funeral Home, #38 Highway 31, Flemington, NJ. Interment will follow in Prospect Hill Cemetery in Flemington. Family and friends may call at the funeral home Monday morning from 10:00 AM until time of service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made in Walt’s name to the National Old Timers Auto Racing Club (“NOTARC”), c/o Pete Poodiack, Exec.Dir., 4 Rita Dr. Bethel, CT 06801-3025.Back To Memorials