EDWARD JOHN (TED) FLISS
June 9, 1945 - February 7, 2011
Survived by wife Anne Zadra, daughter Sofie Fliss-Zadra, grandson Alfino Roberson, brother Frank, sister Maridel Fliss-Whitman, brother in-law Mark Whitman, niece Montana VonFliss and her husband John Osebold, nephews Dakota VonFliss, Jacob Whitman and a large extended family. Attended St Anne Parochial School and Queen Anne High School, class of '63. USMC Viet Nam Veteran. Owned Al's Hamburgers for a short time with partner,Tom Katica, and worked in the Concert Business starting out as a Roadie and doing Backstage Security for Frank Sinatra, Jimi Hendrix and many more. He was a Tour Coordinator for Elvis Presley working for Colonel Tom Parker. He started his own Security Team called F-Troop. Troopers were known for their cajoling, gentle, yet stealth handling of buzzed Seattle crowds. He was the Assistant Road Manager for the Doobie Brothers and returned home from a world tour to marry his longtime girlfriend Anne Zadra. Ted worked as a bartender at Place Pigalle in the Pike Place Market, Pier 70, the Brotherhood, Lafourno's and Fools Gold bars and owned and operated Fort Courage on Boston Street. He could draw a crowd with his love and knowledge of sports, music and the industry and keep them laughing with his sharp wit and love for fun. Ted also worked at Western Pioneer as a Longshoreman and Deckhand, and for many years as a Trade Show Specialist and member of the Pacific Northwest Carpenter's Union. His co-workers were entertained by his passionate debate and commentary about politics and other subjects and said "If you don't like Ed there's something wrong with you." Others said "he was the kind of guy who just made you laugh." Ted played sports with a supernatural ability. He was the Quarterback, Pitcher, Third Baseman, Pool Shark Pingpong Wizard and Strike King. He played it all and loved every minute. He witnessed unspeakable things as a pointman in Viet Nam, but thrived, despite deep wounds that never healed, due to his love for life and Alpha Dog personality. Daughter Sofie believes that he is the best Dad EVER and a spoiler. Grandson, Alfino Roberson, born 2008, was Ted's biggest passion.
A Memorial Potluck will be held at the Georgetown Ballroom, 5625 Airport Way
South, Seattle, WA 98108, February 27th, at 3:00 pm.
For information contact Maridel at 206-697-7739 and/or
look for Ted Fliss'
Memorial on Facebook.