Fey died on Oct. 18 due to heart failure. He was 82.

By Karen Mizoguchi
Updated October 26, 2015 09:30 PM
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Tina Fey lost her father Donald H. Fey, 82, on Oct. 18, who died of heart failure at Bryn Mawr Hospital in Pennsylvania.

Following his funeral service on Friday, the Sisters star released a statement honoring the patriarch with a touching tribute.

“He was a great dad and a talented artist and writer, but I also think of him as a Great American,” Fey, 45, told Philly.com.

Fey was a Korean War veteran, former Philadelphia firefighter, and retired fund-raising writer.

“He served his country in Korea, he served his city as a fireman, he took his kids regularly to art museums and historical sites. When he taught me how to play baseball he would say to me, ‘If you throw like a girl again, we’re going in.’ (I took it in the spirit it was intended.).”

The Saturday Night Live alum continued: “He read poetry and history and newspapers. He was an informed patriot. The Republican Party should have tried to clone him.”

Fey is also survived by wife, Jeanne, and son, Peter, who read two poems written by his father during the private services.