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|Frank was born on December 24, 1929 in Brooklyn, New
York to Belle and Joseph Tyger. His family moved to Hamilton, New Jersey in
1950 while Frank was in the Army. The oldest of three brothers, Frank lived with and
cared for his parents until their passing. His middle brother, Stan, passed away a
number of years ago and his youngest brother, Bob, still resides in Hamilton Township.
Although Frank never married and had no children of his own, he was like a second
father to his two nieces and nephew.
Even at an early age Frank displayed a natural ability to draw. Oftentimes he would sketch portraits of family members during their visits to the Tyger home.
After graduating from high school, Frank pursued a higher education at the City College of New York (CCNY) and the Cartoonists and Illustrators School. This was followed by two years of service in the U. S. Army, first at Camp Gordon, Georgia and then overseas in Germany as a cryptographer.
Following his Army service, Frank settled in the Trenton, New Jersey area, where his family moved in 1950 at the time his Father accepted a relocation with Baxter Clothes. Frank worked in retail for a number of years, first as an assistant manager in the men's department at Yards Department Store and then in marketing with Baxter Clothes opening stores for them in the southern United States.
Frank then spent five important years working as an account executive for the Albert Finkle Advertising Agency in Trenton. It was during this time that his natural skills as an artist and writer were fully realized.
Frank's first cartoon was published in the Saturday Evening Post in 1954. Over the years, many of Frank's cartoons, quotes and puns would be published both in the United States and internationally.
Frank retired from The Times in 1997 after serious back surgery and
an early diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease. During his retirement, Frank went to live
with his brother and sister-in-law, Bob and Charlotte, until 2002 when he moved to
Greenwood House in Ewing Township, New Jersey. On May 2, 2011 Frank passed away
after his 15-year battle with Parkinson's Disease.
This biographical sketch is based on recollections from
Frank's family, as well as an article written by former Times Senior Editor Arnie Ropeik
for the Greenwood House newsletter.
2011 Times of Trenton Holiday Appeal in Memory of Frank Tyger
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They help you take the lumps and bumps on the road of life.
- Frank Tyger