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William "Tiger Jack" Biddle


1915 - 2011 Obituary Condolences
William "Tiger Jack" Biddle Obituary
December 30, 1915 - February 28, 2011

Born December 30, 1915 to Nichola and Milica (Dokmanovic) Pertrovic, he was adopted by the Biddle family of Newcastle, PA, after his parents became gravely ill. After a couple years of coal mining, he proudly joined the U.S. Navy in 1929. Before WWII Jack became the Pacific Fleet boxing champion. Once in the Navy, he sailed around the world stationed aboard a number of ships. He finally worked his way up to chief water tender in the boiler room aboard the U.S.S. Lexington. As a result of the attack in the Coral Sea, Jack was forced into medical discharge under honorable conditions due to his broken neck. With his naval career prematurely cut short, Jack worked as a truck driver in Ohio and Pennsylvania, then as a lead man at TODD Shipyard in Seattle, Washington. After a while Jack was ultimately drawn back to what he was good at, boxing. 319 professional fights with licenses in New York, Florida, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Michigan, Ohio and California. He fought 5 world champions, beating Sully Krieger in a non-title bout. His last professional fight was at the Olympic Auditorium in 1949 against Ilene Eaton's (L.A boxing promoter) husband. At the age of 34, Jack began working in the aerospace industry as machinist at Douglas Aircraft in Torrance until 1960. As lead man and maintenance supervisor, he also worked at American Electric, Precision Sheet Metal, Sargent Industries and finally retiring from Skyline Engineering. Jack loved socializing and playing craps. Whether having a few drinks at the Stick n Stein or the Moose lodge, to high rolling for hours at the craps table, Jack thoroughly enjoyed life and wasn't cheated by it one bit. Jack was preceded in death by his first wife Darlene then his second wife Ruth. He is survived by his daughter, Shirley Knocke; son, Gary Biddle; grandchildren, Jerry German, Mike German, Jason Biddle and Dallas Knocke; great-grandchildren, Jerry German Jr., Jacqueline Biddle and Jamison Biddle. Jack was a man's man and enjoyed life. He was a friend, a worker, a father, a grandfather, a great-grandfather, a fighter and the thing he was most proud of, a veteran of the United States Navy. Jack, you won't be forgotten and will be eternally missed. Services pending. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on Mar. 16, 2011
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