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Larson, Ted

On Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, we sadly said goodbye to Ted Larson — a great husband, father, and grandfather. To truly understand this great man you would have to talk about his manner. He was not a “rah, rah” hyper kind of person, he was a doer — he got things done in his own way . . . seldom got too excited.
Ted will be greatly missed by his loving wife Vicky, of 50 years; and their three children Janis, Jill (Cam) and T.J (Wendy); along with his eight beautiful grandchildren Riley, Jena, Alex, Greg, Ryan, Alisha, Kacee and Cohen.
Ted was predeceased by his parents Ted and Alvi Larson; his sister Joy Anderson; and his mother- and father-in-law Gerry and Francis Lemire.
Ted was born Oct. 5, 1943 in Calgary. The family then moved to Fort Macleod the year Ted was born, when his father (Ted Senior) purchased the Tire Shop in 1943.
Ted took over the family business in 1962 following his father’s passing. His business grew as he believed in a common sense approach and community connection.
Ted married Vicky, his high school sweetheart, on Feb. 4, 1967 and together they had three children.
While running a successful business Ted also believed in supporting his community and giving back by serving on many volunteer boards and projects. He never wanted the recognition, for he was a very humble man.
Retirement was not in his vocabulary he spent the last 17 years out on the feedlot as his son’s right hand man, while still regularly checking in and helping at the Tire Shop. He truly instilled a philosophy in his family that in order to be successful and get things done, you just need to roll up our sleeves and pitch in.
Ted had endless love for his grandchildren he was always helping them with “whatever” projects they were working on. He showed his love to them by being a regular attender at all of his grandchildren’s events.
Ted and Vicky loved to travel, and spent many winters escaping to exotic locations and in the summer they enjoyed camping and boating with family and friends. In 30 years he never missed out on a Sandpoint holiday.
We will miss his friendly smile, his giggle, and his willingness to help. He truly was a man who would help anyone and never wanted anything in return. His outlook even in the last days for the future was always one of quiet optimism. He is going to be greatly missed.
A celebration of life was held on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, at Trinity United Church, with Rev. Eras Van Zyl officiating.
Memorial donations in Ted’s name may be made directly to the Community Support Beds, P.O. Box 520 Fort Macleod, T0L 0Z0.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Eden’s Funeral Home. Phone 403-553-3772 or visit www.edensfuneralhome.com.

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