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Tina Fey pays tribute to late father: He was a 'great dad' and 'great American'

/ Source: TODAY

In his obituary, Tina Fey paid tribute to her late father, remembering him fondly as a "great dad" and a "great American."

Donald Fey, 82, died on Oct. 18 of heart failure, according to the obituary, published in the Philadelphia Inquirer. He was a Korean War veteran, a former firefighter and a writer.

Actress Tina Fey paid a touching tribute to her father in his obituary.Getty Images file

"He was a great dad and a talented artist and writer, but I also think of him as a great American — he served his country in Korea, he served his city as a fireman, he took his kids regularly to art museums and historical sites," his comedian daughter told the newspaper.

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"When he taught me how to play baseball he would say to me, 'If you throw like a girl again, we're going in,'" she continued. "(I took it in the spirit it was intended.) He read poetry and history and newspapers. He was an informed patriot. The Republican Party should have tried to clone him."

Tina Fey also wrote about her dad in her popular 2011 memoir, "Bossypants," saying he looked like Clint Eastwood and describing him as "handsome but terrifying" and "somebody who looks like he's 'somebody.'"

Her brother Peter also commented in the obituary, calling their dad "a great painter" and "very dapper."