Obituary: Ted Harrison

Ted Harrison — January 2, 1940, to June 10, 2022

In His Own Words …

"I have always been an active, independent, caring individual and with few exceptions, have lived a full, privileged, purposeful life blessed by family, friends and opportunities to pursue ever-arising interests. Tennis, squash, sailing, kayaking, long distance cycling, gardening and farming have been major pursuits in my life in addition to my rewarding career in the civil service. As my health challenges grew over the past decade, I continued to enjoy community volunteering, bridge, reading, crossword puzzles and an active social life. My beloved wife, Susan (Evans), and my two wonderful children, Marybeth and Mark, are the most valued relationships I have ever enjoyed. I love them dearly. They have given my life purpose and meaning. Friends and other family have played important roles as well. In recent years, my health has continued to decline and my experience has become one of chronic pain, diminishing physical and mental capacity, and loss of independence. As a result, the time has come to leave relationships behind and enter the final stage of life. I do not fear death nor regard it as an enemy. Rather, I see it as a normal part of existence and in my case, a friend."

Thank you to our community of family and friends for your kindness and support, and thank you to MAID for giving Ted the opportunity to die on his own terms, surrounded by loved ones. If you wish to commemorate Ted, donations in his name to the fledgling Nature Salt Spring or to Dying With Dignity Canada would be very welcome.

June 16, 2022 9:53 AM

  • Beverley Stewart says:

    Sending love, strength, comfort and best wishes to you, Susan, on the loss of your life partner, Ted. What an amazing and dear man he was! I'll never forget him, and I'm sure he will live on in the memories of so many here on Salt Spring and elsewhere. Bev Stewart

  • JoAnne Portman says:

    We have such fond memories of Ted as Regional Director in Vancouver. Our deepest condolences. Ken Leinweber & JoAnne Portman

  • Chris Thomson says:

    Ted gave me a second chance when he didn't have to and I have always appreciated that. Chris Thomson

  • Edgemere says:

    A sad day for you Susan, the family and all who were privileged to have had Ted as a friend. Maryann and I are glad that he was able to leave on his own terms and our hearts go out to you.

  • melissagrace says:

    oh Susan! You and Ted were so welcoming and hospitable in offering your venue for our family gathering, that you both, in some respects, became part of it . fondest of memories, and deepest condolences to you!

  • Muddypete says:

    Barb and I were privileged to have Ted as a neighbor and friend. His wit and charm were appreciated. He always had a smile on his face and time for kind and gentle conversation. I will hold dear in my memory the spontaneous birthday serenade he provided from mid-street. Peter Meyer