July 11, 1924 – December 21, 2018
This one’s for a rare breed of man – this one’s for the end of an era – a legacy to hang your hat on … this one’s for the last of the great cowboys.
Ted was a man full of energy and adventure. The youngest of five siblings, Ted left home at an early age and set out to make his mark in this world. He met the love of his life, Norma while he was driving greyhound bus in BC and they were soon married, and were married for 64 years. He was a “true cowboy” at heart , riding the range on the Gang ranch, working his own small ranch with a team of horses and driving truck until the call of the North beckoned. He packed up his old Chev truck and headed to Whitehorse where he worked as a truck driver, Norma and their son Ken followed close behind to join him on this Northern adventure. Ted was a self-taught man, skilled with his hands in leather work. He quickly learned the trade of repairing boots and shoes, went into business for himself and opened the ‘Husky Boot Shop’ where he worked until his retirement. Retirement was good for Ted because it gave him lots of time to spend with his horses, which he loved both to train and ride. At family gatherings he would always pull out his guitar strum a tune and sing us all a song. With a little coaxing, he would even do some yodelling … he said it was something he perfected as a young man when calling the cattle in at night.
Ted will be missed by many people, his wife Norma, son Ken (Tish) , his in-laws , nieces , nephews and many friends. The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to all the staff at Birch Lodge and Dr. Xiao.