Tippy Ferrara was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. He served as a flight maintenance gunner in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. After the war, he was one of the early flight engineers hired by Seaboard. During the wet lease with the Belgian airline Sabena in 1958, he met and married Lina Holman, a Sabena flight attendant. He finished his flying career with FedEx.
Tippy is survived by his wife, Lina; his three daughters, Michele Ferrara, Daniele Jarman, and Noelle Novack; his grandchildren Kaitlyn and Jackie Seikunas, Samantha and Amanda Novack, and Chloe Jarman; and several nieces and nephews. He is seen here with Lina at the 2000 Seaboard reunion in Cocoa Beach, Fla.