EARL ED­WARD CHARLES (TED)

Fe­bru­ary 25, 1945 - Novem­ber 18, 2016

The Drumheller Mail - - CLASSIFIEDS -

It is with great sad­ness that we say good­bye to the best hus­band, fa­ther and grand­fa­ther a fam­ily could wish for. Ted was born and raised in Cal­gary, Al­berta. He grad­u­ated from Western Canada High School and went on to Mount Royal Col­lege study­ing re­cre­ation. Ted moved to Drumheller to work at the pen­i­ten­tiary as a re­cre­ation di­rec­tor. He met his wife, Pam, in Cal­gary and they were mar­ried Jan­uary 11, 1969. They bought a great lit­tle home on the banks of the Red Deer river where they would wel­come two beau­ti­ful daugh­ters. Ted de­cided to fur­ther his ed­u­ca­tion so he and his fam­ily moved to Ed­mon­ton so he could at­tend the Univer­sity of Al­berta. In 1979, he earned a Bach­e­lor of Arts in Re­cre­ation Ad­min­is­tra­tion. In 1981, Ted and his fam­ily re­turned to Drumheller so he could take the po­si­tion of Su­per­in­ten­dent of Parks and Re­cre­ation and even­tu­ally work­ing in Dis­as­ter Ser­vices for the City of Drumheller. Ted worked for the city for 24 years, re­tir­ing in 2005. Ted will al­ways be re­mem­bered for his love of vol­un­teer­ing with chil­dren. Whether he was on the swim deck coach­ing the Aquadin­nies, on the ski hill lead­ing his ski school, or in re­tire­ment work­ing with kids at Green­tree School, this al­ways put a smile on his face. Ted also vol­un­teered in two other ca­pac­i­ties with the Drumheller Ro­tary Club and Ski Pa­trol. He was highly hon­oured to re­ceive the Paul Har­ris Fel­low Award through Ro­tary in 2014. He was al­ways busy in re­tire­ment and earned the name Tonca Ted as you would constantly ffnd him on the snow cat at the ski hill, a city mower, in a dump truck or re­cently on his rid­ing mower in his back yard (oxy­gen bot­tle at­tached). He loved his toys! In his spare time, Ted was some­what of an adrenalin junkie which saw him jump­ing out of air­planes with his daugh­ters, white wa­ter kayak­ing with his bud­dies around Sun­dre, or even as late as jump­ing his trike at the skate­board park with his grand­sons this last sum­mer. Ted and his wife Pam loved to travel and were for­tu­nate enough to see many parts of the world. They took many cruises which took them to Alaska, the Panama Canal, and the Caribbean. For ffve years they spent their win­ters in Ari­zona golffng and were for­tu­nate to make many won­der­ful friends. Even then Ted was on the mower at the golf course. Ted is pre­de­ceased by his par­ents Dorothy and Charles Earl and is sur­vived by his wife Pam, daugh­ters, JoAnne (Eric), Jac­que­line, grand­sons John and Michael, sis­ter Lyn Barnes (Peter), neph­ews Ge­off Barnes (Al­li­son), Gary Barnes (Stephanie) and their chil­dren. At Ted’s re­quest, there will be a pri­vate fam­ily me­mo­rial at a later date. In lieu of flow­ers, the fam­ily asks that a do­na­tion be made to STARS or the Pul­monary Hyper­ten­sion As­so­ci­a­tion of Canada. Court­ney-Win­ters Fu­neral Home in care of the ar­range­ments.

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