N. Chili - Ted passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on October 5, 2017 at the age of 87. Survived by his loving wife of 61 years Mary Lou; daughters Laurie Interlicchia, Barbara (John) Champlin, Elizabeth (Dan) McKane, Susan (Mike) Austin; 7 grandchildren; Nicholas, Kristina, Chelsea, Corey, Brenna, Teagan and Jonathan; 1 great-grandchild, Aria; sister Joan Higley; brother John (Sheila) Richmond; nieces; nephews & cousins.
Ted was born in Philadelphia PA and then his family moved to Buffalo, NY. Ted was afflicted by polio as a young man in 1944, though he never let his handicap stand in the way of accomplishing anything throughout his life. He attended The Nichols School, Amherst, NY and then Hobart College where he graduated in 1951. He married his wife, Marylou Brown in 1956 and raised 4 daughters. He was employed by Eddy Printing/Remley Printing as a sales manager until he retired at the age of 71. Ted was extremely active in his community, volunteered as dispatcher for the Spencerport Volunteer Ambulance, served on the Churchville-Chili School Board for 19 years and held the position as President for 2 years, an active member of the Church of the Epiphany since 1970, Ted held positions such as Warden (6 years), Treasurer (17 years)and was chairman of numerous committees. He volunteered for RAIHN, where he drove the bus that transported homeless families from their shelter to their work starting as early as 5 am. For nearly five decades, Ted was an active member of the Gates-Chili Rotary Club, joining it in 1971. He was Club President three times, serving as Treasurer of its Charities Foundation since its inception in 2008 and was Club Membership Chair for many years. He also served on the Camp Haccamo Board of Directors and was three times honored with a Paul Harris Award. He thoroughly enjoyed the outdoors, sailing, camping, and taking annual vacations with his family. His daughters fondly remember these trips and the wonderful experiences they shared with their father. Ted loved his 7 grandchildren and always looked forward to attending their sporting events, concerts and their other activities. His great-granddaughter always brought a smile to his face and he was excited to know that another great-grandchild was expected this December. Ted’s other love was golf. He played right up until this past Spring and shot one of his best games at the age of 86.
Ted was always a true gentleman yet behind those twinkling baby blues was a fun-loving man who loved a good joke and was known to pull a prank or two.
His children say their father was their greatest inspiration, role model and a man of great moral strength. A man who always put others first.
Family & friends are invited to his Memorial Service Saturday Oct 14 at 11 am at Church of the Epiphany, 3285 Buffalo Rd. Burial private in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo.
In lieu of flowers kindly consider Camp Haccamo at the Rotary Sunshine Campus in his memory.
Checks can be mailed to:Rochester Rotary Charitable Trust
180 Linden Oaks, Suite #200
Rochester, NY 14625