“You showed us how to love and smile.”
Peacefully in the care of Leighton hospital, Ted passed away on 22nd May, aged 74 years.
The beloved husband of Norma Jean.
Ted was born on Tuesday, the 13th of June 1944 on a narrowboat on the Bridgewater Canal at Warsley.
He suffered from polio asymmetrical as a child and was taken for care at Biddulph Grange. Ted was a brave young man who managed to pass his 11+ exam even though he was physically very challenged. After finishing school he worked in Eccles, Manchester at Lanco chemicals, he worked in the accounts department, ending his career leading a team of 20 people. He was well liked as a fair man who got on with the job. He was respected by everyone of his colleagues. Unfortunately by 1986 he got post Polio Syndrome which meant he had to give up the job he loved. Years later they still worked to the systems that he introduced.
At the time of his death Ted and Norma Jean had been married for 27 years, her encouragement and love kept him going through all the challenges of ill-health that he faced. After his retirement, he and Norma spent 10 years on their beloved narrowboat, a life of travelling the width and breadth of England, making lifelong friends in the process.
He was a master at Origami and internationally recognised for his work, Origami is the art of paperfolding which is often associated with Japanese culture. In modern usage the word origami is used as an inclusive term for all folding practices.
Ted will be Fondly remembered and very sadly missed, not only by his loving wife Norma Jean but also, Regan, William, Sarah Anne,
Jessica, Liam, Jack, Jake and Louis and all the community at North Street. Though the circumstances of Teds life were difficult from the word go, his determination and fortitude was an example to everyone who came into contact with him.
His cremation service will be as he wished, quiet and with no fuss. At a later date there will be a celebration of his life in the North Street Community Centre, which details will follow.