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Selwyn, Edward (Ted)

Passed away on Thursday, July 22, 2010, in Foothills Medical Centre, Edward (Ted) Selwyn, at the age of 80.
Ted is survived by his loving family, daughter Laurie Hammill of Calgary, husband Drake, and sons Roy, Whitley and Arend Williamson; as well as April Mooney and Corey Hammill; daughter Carie Selwyn of Richmond, B.C. husband David Fairful and sons Jonathan and Christopher; and son Christopher Selwyn and Simone Anderson of High Level. Ted is also survived by his sister Margaret Duncan of Mississauga, Ont., husband Stan and sons Peter, wife Sarah, and Kyle; and cousins Marjorie Boru and family of Mississauga, Ont. and Elizabeth Gutteridge of England. Ted was predeceased by his parents, father David in 1989 and mother Olive in 1997. Ted was also predeceased by the love of his life, Helen, in 1985. In life and afterwards, he always referred to Helen as “my bride.” Ted was born in Sutton, Surrey, England on Aug. 17, 1929, the first child of David and Olive Selwyn.
Ted joined the merchant navy in 1946 and loved being at sea with the adventures of being a young man sailing to exotic places.
Ted emigrated to Canada in 1948, landing in Halifax. He worked in a refinery in Montreal for a short time.
Ted considered joining the Canadian Navy for his life’s work as he liked being at sea. He chose instead to join the Canadian Army and was a dedicated soldier for 30 years. During his career, he became a gunnery instructor teaching the use of armaments, and later he worked in recruiting. Ted then changed his focus to finance and became the base comptroller at CFB Shilo in Manitoba. His last posting was to the position of Base comptroller at air command at CFB Winnipeg.
Ted also did three tours of UN duty. The first was in Cypress in 1967, then a year-long tour of Israel and Lebanon in 1973 and Egypt in 1977. After Ted retired from his 30-year career, he and Helen moved to Fort Macleod in 1978 to enjoy a peaceful civilian life in a small community. They loved the people and lifestyle of Fort MacLeod and made many friends. This joyous phase ended all too soon with the death of Helen to breast cancer in 1985.
In the years that followed, Ted was able to find joy in his adult children, his five grandsons, his close friends, his books and his dogs, Sheba, Barney and Primo.
The last two years of Ted’s life were a mix of great joy and difficulty. He moved to Calgary and was able spend more time with his family and the amenities of the city, especially the restaurants. However, he also struggled with the symptoms of his declining health. Last year, his family near and far gathered to celebrate his 80th birthday. Nothing gave Ted greater joy than having his family around him.
Ted lived a life of devotion, love, and commitment that he showed in his loyalty to his Helen, his family and the Armed Forces. In his years alone, he turned his home into a museum in tribute to his family and his career. He saw himself as a teacher and protector to his family. For all of his wonderful qualities, perhaps the greatest was laughter. Ted loved to laugh, to hear jokes and repeat them to others to enjoy, to see the absurd in life and make light of it.
Ted will be deeply missed by his friends and family for his wisdom, compassion, generosity and humour.
The family extends deep gratitude to Dr. Chacko and all the staff of unit 32 at Foothills Medical Centre for all the care and concern shown to Dad.
In lieu of flowers, a donation to the charity of your choice is appreciated. Dad, you are now pain free and in our hearts forever. As much as we miss you, we are happy that you and Mom are finally reunited.
A visitation for family and friends took place on Monday, July 26, 2010, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Eden’s Funeral Home, Fort Macleod. The funeral service took place on Tuesday, July 27, 2010, at Christ Church Anglican, 320 21st St., Fort Macleod, with Canon Allan McCuaig officiating.

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