Former resident worked for GE, Sunoco

Published in the February 8, 2017 edition

Frederick-Eisenbiegler-obit-MEL-LF-webPEABODY — Frederick P. Eisenbiegler, 91, of Brooksby Village in Peabody, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, January 12, 2017.

Fred was born in Brooklyn, New York, on December 2, 1925, and was one of three sons of the late Frederick P. and Emma A. (Adler) Eisenbiegler. Raised in Flatbush, Brooklyn, Fred graduated from Midwood High School in 1943. He served his country honorably in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a commissioned engineering officer in Pearl Harbor. He then attended Webb Institute and received his B.S. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.

Fred had a long and successful career working for General Electric and for Sunoco. His thirty-two year career at GE included an assignment in Tokyo, Japan, as manager of Far East operations for GE’s Gas Turbine Division. Fred also worked at Sunoco for eight years, first as vice president of Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company and later as president of Sun Transportation, which provided transportation, chartering, ship design and engineering services.

Fred was a member of the American Bureau of Shipping, the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers and the Maritime Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences. After retirement, Fred was a partner in the Lynn Consulting Group, which provided management consulting services to power generation companies.

Fred traveled the world during his business career, and he loved it. He made life-long friends in the United States, Japan, Norway, England, Ireland and Italy. He lived and worked in New York City and Schenectady, New York, Lynnfield and Hamilton, Massachusetts and Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, before retiring in Peabody, Massachusetts.

Fred loved to ski. He often skied with his children and friends in northern New England and Quebec. His favorite destination was probably Stowe, Vermont, where his childhood friend Gordon Ransom ran a ski lodge and restaurant. He also skied with his children in Japan and as a member of the “Over the Hill Gang” in the Rockies and in the Alps.

Fred also loved to golf. He was a member for over 50 years at Salem Country Club and for many years at the Aronimink Club in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. He also loved to play at Mid Ocean and Port Royal in Bermuda, where Fred and his wife Thyra would spend many Octobers in retirement.

Fred loved sports and was a fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers, the Boston Red Sox, the Boston Celtics and the New England Patriots. He was also an avid reader.

Fred was a warm, kind, gentle and generous man. Without the help of social media, he developed and maintained a rich network of friends from all aspects of his life. In retirement, he organized and was the self-appointed “commissioner” of the ROMEO (retired old men eating out) gang. The ROMEOs enjoyed many trips and adventures together and were comprised of Fred and his childhood friends from Flatbush: Gordon and Herbie Ransom, Lou Gautier and John Grieves.

Above all, though, Fred loved his family.

Fred was the beloved husband of the late Thyra H. (Rankin) Eisenbiegler, with whom he shared 55 years of marriage. He was the devoted father of Frederick F. “Rick” Eisenbiegler and his wife Joyce E. Meiklejohn of Chappaqua, New York; Kathryn A. Eisenbiegler of Nahant; and Carl P. Eisenbiegler and his wife Karen of Pinon, Arizona. He was the dear brother of the late Lawrence Eisenbiegler and George Eisenbiegler. He was the caring brother-in-law of Harry Rankin of Calgary, Canada, and the late Thelma Johnston. He was the cherished grandfather of Grace E. Eisenbiegler, Frederick S. “Erick” Eisenbiegler, and Abigail McInnis.

In his last years, Fred’s health and memory faded and he needed a lot of assistance. Through those more difficult times, Fred was unfailing kind, polite and grateful.

The Eisenbiegler family would like to extend their sincere thanks to Fred’s caretakers: Anne Dowling, Walter Fullerton, Guerdine Saintilus, Jean Ricardy Maxis, Peter Harrigan, Levorence Perkins, Joyce Loubris, Ann White, and Christine Laws. Their heartfelt care and concern for him will always be remembered.

Relatives and friends gathered for a Memorial Service in honor of Fred’s life at the Brooksby Village Chapel, 100 Brooksby Village Dr., Peabody, on Saturday, February 4.   In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Fred’s memory to Webb Institute, 298 Crescent Beach Rd., Glen Cove, NY. 11542, or via For directions or online tribute, visit