George ‘Fritz’ Riegel, 82, Navy vet, owned travel agency
George "Fritz" Frederic Riegel Jr. of Kennebunk, Maine, who once owned and operated a travel agency in Wilton, died last Friday, Aug. 24, after a short illness. He was 82.
Born in New York City in 1930, Mr. Riegel graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy, and from Princeton University with a degree in psychology in 1952. He remained a passionate alumnus, following Tiger football and crew.
Upon graduation from Princeton, Mr. Riegel first pursued a career in banking only to leave within the year to enter the U.S. Naval Air program, receiving an honorable discharge as a flight officer, lieutenant junior grade.
Later he started his marketing career with Ogilvy, Benson, Mather in New York City, leaving as an account executive in 1963 to join BBDO, an advertising agency network where he would eventually retire as a vice president in 1973. After a brief retirement, Mr. Riegel decided to follow his passion for travel and purchased a small retail travel agency in Wilton — The Travel Bureau Inc. He worked alongside his son, Ted, before retiring and moving with his wife, Diane, to Kennebunk in 1995.
Travel and family were his passions, his family noted. He and Diane traveled the world, visiting all seven continents. The Caribbean island of Anguilla became his favorite family gathering place, and for the last 15 years he has spent a great deal of time at Carimar Beach Club on the island, his family said.
Mr. Riegel is survived by his wife of 53 years, Diane Tietig of Kennebunk, son Ted and his wife Tess Martin of Wilton, and grandson Ted, a freshman attending Lafayette College.
Following Fritz's wishes, there will be no services.
In lieu of flowers a donation to the charity of your choice, or the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, c/o Hospice of Southern Maine, 180 US Rt. One, Scarborough, ME 04074, would be welcome. www.hospiceofsouthernmaine.org/donations-volunteering.