Ted was always doing something for someone everyday. If a neighbor needed help moving he was there, He has bought food for homeless people he’s come across, talked his friends out of dark times and always made sure his family was ok. He wasn’t without his flaws of course. He used to get into fights and drank too much some days. But he was always there when you needed him most. One time his friend got wasted at a bar he was having a beer at. Ted got his friend sent home in a cab and Ted took his car back to his place so he didn’t get a ticket or towed. Unfortunately, he was pulled over by the police in front of our house and got a DUI. He always put others before himself no matter what it cost him. His wildest days started coming to an end when he started working at the Cheesecake Factory. He started as a part-time line cook and soon became full time. In 2 1/2 years, ted became a 5-star chef within the company. Then after that, he started training to become a kitchen manager. When he got his promotion he was transferred from Pittsburgh to Cleveland. In Cleveland Ted continued to climb up to higher Kitchen Manager positions. Eventually, he got handpicked to be one of the kitchen managers to run the first Canadian Cheesecake Factory in Toronto. Pittsburgh was always in his heart though. He’d come back for opening day every year for the Pirates, watch or listen to every Steelers game or stream Pens games and force his staff to watch. One time when we went to a Pirates game he ran laps around the stadium getting the wave going and wore a MLB logo beach blanket like a cape as he did it. His friends told us later that he was mentioned on the radio for it. We always joked that he could sniff out anything black and gold no matter what city he was in. Turners tea and Primantis was staple whenever he came to town. There was never a day wasted with Ted. No matter how tired he was either helping someone or spending time with people he loved. After everything he has done he finally got the chance to go on one of his dream vacations. He always wanted to go to Jamaica, He brought his girlfriend Andrea with him. On Nov 2nd Ted passed away in Jamaica. His boss Matt contacted our sister Betty about setting up a GoFundMe. Matt created it on the 3rd and was fully funded on the 4th. There were people who haven’t seen him in 10 years donating because he helped them years ago. Ted has touched so many lives and never once did he give up on anyone. He had a favorite quote from the show Doctor Who that sums him up pretty well.
We’re all stories, in the end. Just make it a good one, eh? Because it was, you know, it was the best.