George C. Thiess Jr., 67, founded Essex company

October 01, 2002

George C. Thiess Jr., founder of a tool and die company in Essex, died of complications from an infection Sept. 24 while vacationing in Costa Rica. He was 67 and lived in Ormond Beach, Fla.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, he was a 1953 graduate of Baltimore's Southern High School. He served in the Navy aboard submarines from 1953 to 1958.

He was the founder and president of Sun Machine, an Essex tool and die company that since the 1990s has been located in Ormond Beach. He retired in 1995.

His marriage to the former Agnes Alexander ended in divorce.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Oct. 12 at St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church, Fourth Street and Washburn Avenue, Brooklyn.

Surviving are two sons, George C. Thiess III and Christopher Thiess, both of Ormond Beach; a brother, Gil Thiess Sr. of Ferndale; six sisters, Pat Roesler of Glen Burnie, Erma Riser of Ocean Pines, and Mary Martin, Shirley Thiess, Carol Bergin and Debbie Haddox, all of Brooklyn Park; and seven grandchildren.

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