Thad C. Dworkin



ThadDworkinThad Dworkin, 55, passed away suddenly on December 24, 2012.  He was born on November 17, 1957 in Denver, Colorado, was raised on Staten Island, New York, and relocated to the Everett area in July 1979. Thad married Karen Long Dworkin on December 29, 1979. She along with Kari and Marni, their two beautiful daughters, were the loves of his life.

Thad will always be remembered for his easy going and humble nature, his sense of humor, his love for his family and friends, and his passion for playing the guitar. He worked hard and played hard.

Thad worked for the Boeing Company since July 1979. When not with workmates, he was playing with his family and friends: camping, skiing, golfing, running, hiking, snorkeling, music making, and yaka picnicking! He had a zest for life. He was a great son, husband, father, uncle, and friend.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Karen; daughters, Kari and Marni; mother, Carole; and his Dworkin family, Terry and Bonnie; predeceased by his father, Joseph Dworkin.

A memorial service to celebrate Thad’s life will be held.  In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Housing Hope, 5830 Evergreen Way, Everett, WA 98203


29 Responses to “Thad C. Dworkin”

  • Brian Davie says:

    Karen and family – know that you are all in our prayers, Thad was one of the nicest people, and a true brother.

    Brian – RPI ’79

  • Susan Brownell RPI '79 says:


    So sorry to hear of Thad’s passing.

  • Karl Oestreich says:

    I am very sorry to hear about Thad. Please know that you and your family will be in my thoughts. I’m proud to have known such a fine man, my Brother.

  • Steve McManus says:

    Karen, Kari and Marni – you in in our thoughts and prayers. Thad was one of the greatest friends a person could ever have. Karl found this clip of Thad playing with the Carpool Tunnels: It captures him very well.


  • Bruce Stone says:

    Karen and family–I have such great memories of Thad at RPI and even have a Boeing Business Jet golf hat in my truck right now from a Myrtle Beach Golf trip he came on. Such a dear soul who will be greatly missed. Thoughts are with you all.

  • Jody Stephens says:

    I was fortunate to work with Thad at Boeing. He was always a joy and brought a smile. I will miss him. My thoughts are with you, his family, who he treasured.

  • Carl Alu says:

    Thad was one of our best friends and we will miss him greatly for the rest of our lives. One word will be said over and over when we talk of Thad and that is Love! Thad gave us all Love. Love of life, love of family, love of friends and love of music. Thad gave us all his love while he was with us. We laughed with him often, shared pride of family and the work that we had done together through the years raising our families.
    I will always remember Thad as a man of high standards and ability and a great man!

  • Ed & Gigie Kunigonis says:

    Karen, Kari & Marni –

    Our sincerest condolences to you. We were very saddened to hear the news. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you. May Thad enjoy eternal peace and happiness. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Carol Scholl says:

    Karen and Family, I am so sorry to hear of Thad’s passing. You know I’ve known him for over 20 years and had the privilege of being his secretary at Boeing for two years. He was truly a pleasure to know and fun to work with. I enjoyed watching him play his guitar last summer with his blue-grass band, The Carpool Tunnels. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family for your beloved Thad. We will miss him! Carol and Dave Scholl

  • Cindy & Lars Andersen says:

    For Karen & Family, We were so saddened to hear of your loss. I had the privilege of working for Thad at Boeing on the 747/767 Program a few years ago. Not only was he a wonderful boss, but a very kind, funny and caring individual; just great to work with. It is not often that you really enjoy working for someone that you also consider a friend. Thad always had a smile on his face or something positive to share when I would see him. His passing is a shock, and I will miss him. We pray that your wonderful memories and the comfort of your family and friends hold you close, surrounding you with love during this difficult time. Our hearts and prayers are with you.
    Cindy & Lars Andersen

  • Dave Hogan says:

    My dear Karen, Marni and Kari,all my prayers are with you, Thad was very dear to me. His life was full of peace, happiness and joy. You all have much to remember. I will always be here for all of you. Kari, i know you are living in Colorado and just know you have family in Denver. If you ever need me I will be there.I Love You All

  • Carrol (Pellegrini) Chapman says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Thad’s passing. I have some really good memories from the days of working with him at Boeing. He was a very good man. I hope you receive comfort from faith, family and friends.

  • Rick and Laurie Gibson says:

    Karen, Kari, and Marni,
    Laurie and I are saddened to hear of Thad’s passing. We had a few years enjoying his positive enthusiasm and love of life, and we feel very lucky to have known him. We wish you the best continuing on, and know he will be missed by all.

  • Terry Smith says:

    Our prayers are with all of you. Such wonderful memories on Wilson Avenue in Staten Island. Love to all.

  • Pete & Nancy Wright says:

    We are Paul Wright’s parents and long-time fans of The Carpool Tunnels. Thad added so much energy and personality to the group. He was always very warm and welcoming to us, and we know he was a great guy. God bless you all.

  • Steve Aliment says:

    Really sad news. So sorry to hear this.

  • Jim Rowland says:

    I’m so very sorry to hear about Thad. Having hired into Boeing the summer of ’79, I had the priviledge of knowing Thad his entire Boeing career. He truly was a class act, and will be greatly missed.

  • Linda Hill says:

    Aloha Karen,
    Please know that my thoughts & prayers are with you. Joyce send me the sad news. It is comforting for me to think of Thad & Marje having a good laugh together.
    Love, Linnie

  • Jeanne Debons says:

    Dear Karen,
    I am so sorry for your loss. He will always be remembered for all he was and the love he shared with the people he touched.

  • Stan Gatewood says:

    I’m very sad and shocked to hear about Thad’s passing. I’ve been retired from Boeing over 10 years now, but I still remember the time we worked together in Customer Engineering. Thad was always a true gentleman, very professional, knowledgeable, and a joy to work with. He will be missed by all who knew him. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  • Paul and Mitzi Vitucci says:


    We wish you whatever level of peace and tranquility that is possible. We too will remember Thad as an optimistic and positive person. In any adversity, the glass was always half full with him and never half empty. We should all continue to practice his point of view every day.

  • KAREN says:

    Karen, Kari and Marni:

    You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Thad
    was such a neat, positive and engaging guy. He
    will be missed and may you cherrish your memories
    forever. Patty and Don Mangano and Family

  • Bob Ostlund says:

    I remember Thad in the Payloads organization at Boeing, he always had a smile on his face and an outgoing personality. I know Thad will be missed by all who knew him. My prayers and thoughts are with his family he left behind, Gog bless him.
    Bob Ostlund

  • Jon Lewis says:

    My thoughts and prayers have been with you and the girls over the past few weeks. My fondest memory with Thad is the night a bunch of BBJ folks played and sang until midnight on Mike Hewett’s dock on Lake WA. That may be the first time Thad played with Paul & Suzie! I smile every time I think of him…

  • Bob Lisowski says:

    I worked and golfed with Thad. He was a first class friend and colleague. He was the definition of a people person. Always honest, always smiling, always there to lend a hand. We can best honor his memory by emulating the kindness, joy and class he brought to every human interaction. Keep the faith, blue skies ahead.

  • Sandy & Bill Kickbusch says:

    Karen, Kari and Marni,
    Our heart goes out to you during these difficult times. We’ve always enjoyed your family during our social gatherings. His memory will give you strength for every tomorrow.
    Bill, Sandy, Marnie and Joleen

  • Leona Strizich says:

    Karen and family. A very lovely memorial service for Thad. He will be missed greatly by all, especially the many Boeing friends. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Patrick Repetowski says:

    I’ve known and worked with Thad for many years. Thad was absolutely wonderful and a real pleasure to be around, he brightened a room just by entering it. I miss him so very much and so very sad he is not with us in person anymore. But he will be with me in my memory and thoughts forever. Thad was such a positive influence in this World that he will never be forgotten.

  • Fern and Doug Nicolaisen says:

    Dear Karen and Family, We are deeply saddened and shocked at the news of Thad’s premature passing. We pray that you will be given the strength to bear such a grievious loss. We both knew Thad to be a smart, positive, kind, considerate and fun loving person. Both Fern and I knew Thad at different times in our lives, before even meeting and marrying each other. Fern and I on our first date discovered that we knew Thad. Fern attended grammar school through graduation of junior high with Thad. I met Thad when he moved to Eltingville around 1972 and we became quick friends. Together we started on our journey of a life love of country/folk music playing in various small groups and bands. Among my many fond memories are the numerous ski trips we made to Vermont during his college years. I remember also with sentiment serving at his wedding as best man. We are all blessed to have known such a memorable person.

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