Frederick C. Feil Jr., officer who was also devoted to dogs

Frederick C. Feil Jr
Frederick C. Feil Jr
Posted: July 18, 2014

Frederick C. Feil Jr. "always wanted dogs," his wife, Margaret, said, "but we couldn't have them," because of restrictions where they lived.

Mr. Feil made up for it on the job.

As an officer with the Philadelphia Police Department from 1966 to 1976, she said, he was a member of the canine unit and worked with a Doberman pinscher named Dutch and a German shepherd named Shep.

"He liked working with dogs," his wife said, and in retirement the Feils have raised a schnauzer named - as a fisherman like Mr. Feil might - Striper.

On April 16, Mr. Feil, 82, of Upper Township, died of heart failure at his home.

His life celebration has been delayed until Saturday, July 19, his wife said, because his 83d birthday is on Thursday, July 17.

Mr. Feil was the treasurer of the Ocean City Fishing Club from 1991 to 2003, and a member since 1988.

George Ingram, a club member who retired in 2001 as associate vice president for university relations at Temple University, said that Mr. Feil "was a warm and generous man and, like all good anglers, he was eager to share his knowledge and his equipment.

"He gave me a few pieces of his equipment which I will treasure."

In an interview, Ingram called him "a voracious reader . . . a very interesting guy. You could chat with him about any topic and he would always have something interesting to say."

Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Feil graduated from Central High School in June 1949 and served as an Army tank gunner during the Korean conflict, earning a Purple Heart after being wounded in combat.

He worked as an insurance company underwriter in Philadelphia before becoming a police officer and, in autobiographical notes, he wrote that he later worked as a civil engineering draftsman.

In those notes, he wrote that his musical tastes ranged from the classics of Frederic Chopin to the big band sounds of Stan Kenton.

"A lot of it is on tapes and CDs," as well as on vinyl 78s, his wife said. Besides catching musical stage shows in Philadelphia, "we would go to high schools if somebody was going to be there" from the big band era, such as Woody Herman.

Besides his time with the Ocean City Fishing Club, she said, once a year the Feils would drive to Cape Hatteras, N.C., and spend a day with others on a charter boat.

"Fishing for mahi-mahi, tuna, marlin," she said, "we've caught many."

Because of Mr. Feil's love of the sea, his ashes will be scattered at sea, off Cape Hatteras. "He just wants to be in the [Gulf] Stream," she said.

Besides his wife, Mr. Feil is survived by son Frederick J.C. and a sister, Mercedes Swartz.

A visitation was set from 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 19, at Holy Trinity Church, Bay Avenue at 30th Street, Ocean City, before an 11 a.m. life celebration there.

Donations may be sent to the Seeing Eye Inc., 10 Washington Valley Rd., Morristown, N.J. 07960 or to www.seeingeye.org.

Condolences may be offered to the family at www.godfreyfuneralhome.com.


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