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Franklin Tyger

Franklin (Frank) Tyger, 81, of Ewing died May 2, 2011. He was born in Brooklyn.

Mr. Tyger’s first nationally published cartoon appeared in the Saturday Evening Post in 1954. He began his career with the Trenton Times in the early 1960s, starting as an editorial cartoonist and eventually spending 35 years with the Times as promotion manager and columnist. He was also a writer of greeting cards, hosted a radio show, and wrote jokes for stand-up comedians. His editorial cartoons were syndicated worldwide; one has been displayed by the National Archives and several hang in presidential libraries. His work appeared nationally in print media including Forbes Magazine, Reader’s Digest, Editor and Publisher, and The Wall Street Journal.

He attended the City College of New York and the Cartoonists and Illustrators School.

He served in the U.S. Army, applying his talents to writing and drawing for the base newspaper during his training and later as a cryptographer during the Korean Conflict, serving primarily in Germany.

He was a longtime member of Congregation Brothers of Israel and the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists and served on the boards of the Rescue Mission of Trenton and Mercer Business Magazine. He was presented the Lifeline Humanitarian Award in 1988 for outstanding Community Service, named Kiwanis Man of the Year in 1994, and selected by Contact of Mercer County in 1997 as Humanitarian of the Year for his many contributions to local charitable organizations.

He is survived by his brother, Robert of Yardville; two nieces, Diane Neuhof and Susan Steinmetz of Hamilton; a nephew, Michael Tyger of Hamilton; and five great-nephews and -nieces.

Services were held May 5 with arrangements by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel, Ewing. Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, New York, NY; or Greenwood House, Ewing.

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