Captain George Criddle
Date: April 30, 2008 03:39PM
Captain Criddle passed away in January and his passing failed to get posted here. Captain Criddle was one of serveral pilots that Piedmont hired after Braniff closed. Captain Criddle and the others that came from Braniff to help out during a period of substantial growth at Piedmont. They embraced the Piedmont culture and became a big part of the Piedmont family.
George Taylor Criddle passed away due to natural causes in his home in New Port Richey, Florida on January 6, 2008. George is survived by his four children, and six grandchildren. Children: Virginia Anne Nelsen, George Wesley Criddle, Amber Brown, and Morgan Green. Grandchildren: Chloe Brown, Parker Brown, Kenneth Nelsen, Jenni Nelsen, Forrest Nelsen, and Matt Nelsen.
George was proud of his family, his friends, his profession and his service to his country as a Marine - and for good reason. Everywhere George went, he distinguished himself in some positive way and made friends with everyone.
We will all miss his kindness, great sense of humor and easy smile. George joined the Marine Corps in 1957 at Parris Island, South Carolina.
Later he attended the University of South Carolina and learned to fly in Columbia, SC. Braniff Airways hired him in 1965 and he began his career flying South America while based in Miami, FL. His seventeen year career with Braniff included being a check pilot and an FAA designee on the B727.
Immediately following Braniff's demise in 1982, George was hired with Piedmont Airlines where he also spent time in the training department on the B727. USAirways was his final employer and George retired on the B737. His career was exemplary and he loved every minute of it.
In lieu of flowers and cards, George would have preferred that those who wish to do more than just say a prayer for him make a donation to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund: www.SemperFiFund.org (please include In Memory of George Taylor Criddle.)
Thank you for taking the time to honor this great man on his final flight.