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PARK, Edgar Lorimer “Ted”

1943-2020

Sadly, E. L. “Ted” Park passed away on October 30, 2020, at the age of 77 in Kelowna, British Columbia after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.

He leaves to mourn his loving wife Marleen; son Darryl Park (Terry); daughter Terri Wolski (Mike); and stepsons Rob Evans (Leanne) and Chris Evans (Susanne). Ted also leaves several grandchildren: Jessica, Madison, Mikayla, Henna, Renton, Waylon, and Ace, as well as numerous relatives and friends.

Ted is predeceased by his father E. L. Park Sr.; mother Ruth Park; and first wife Gillian Park.

Born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on May 15, 1943, Ted’s younger years were spent in Biggar, Saskatchewan before moving with his family to Spirit River, Alberta. Ted had the typical Canadian upbringing – playing hockey and baseball. He especially excelled in baseball and in his teens played for his team in the Little League World Series in Texas. After finishing grade 12, Ted went to SAIT to learn the insurance business and had a long, successful career as an insurance broker. In 1980, along with two partners, he started his own insurance brokerage firm in Edmonton, AB which still bears his name today, Foster Park Baskett. It is a lasting testament to a long and prosperous 37-year career. He retired to Kelowna in 2001 with his wife Marleen.

Ted met Marleen in 1994 and they were married in 1995.  They knew very quickly after becoming reacquainted that there was something special between them.  They enjoyed each other’s company immensely and were inseparable. They had 25 loving years together until Ted’s passing.

Ted and Marleen enjoyed spending as much time as they could with their family and many friends. In the years after retirement they travelled extensively. Some places include the Mediterranean, Mexico, New York City and many others. They also took several memorable cruises together. Other pastimes that Ted and Marleen enjoyed were golf, bowling, entertaining and long walks. It is hard to think that Ted is no longer with us to be able to continue doing the things he loved.

For anyone that knew Ted, they know just how kind he was. Ted seemed to always have a smile on his face. He could make anyone feel comfortable and welcome. It did not matter who you were, he could strike up a conversation and make anyone feel like a close personal friend. He had such a strong ability to bring people together.

There was nothing more important to Ted than his family. He always put them first never wanting anyone to fuss over him. He always just wanted to protect his family. He would be the one to try and make things right. It did not matter if it was because of injury, confrontation, fright, sadness or anything else; he just wanted his family to be healthy and happy.

Ted will be greatly missed by his family and friends. His was a life taken too soon. Everyone will miss his smiles and kindness. We all will cherish the wonderful memories that we have of Ted.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the BC Cancer Society, bccancerfoundation.com

Due to Covid-19 restrictions the immediate family will have a private get together honouring Ted. A celebration of life will be planned for May 2021.

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  • Shirley Krushen says:

    Marleen and family. I am sorry to see Ted has passed away, and wish you all my condolences. We enjoyed you both when you lived next door. God’s Blessing to you

  • Mark Elgood and Charlene Butler says:

    Dear Marlene and family we are very sorry to hear about Ted’s passing and wish you our condolences. We will remember Ted
    as always happy and positive and just a great person and friend. Our thoughts are with you at this time.
    Mark and Charlene

    • Dennis Holmes says:

      I too would like to send my condolences! I remember he and Ralph starting the Insurance business. I last saw Ted at Ralph’s funeral, sorry we didn’t have time to reminisce but we never had the time. God bless his family.

  • Vaughn Foster says:

    Hi Marleen. My name is Vaughn Foster. I am the brother of Ted’s former business partner Ralph Foster. I wish
    To send my condolences other passing of your beloved Ted. I have very fond memories of Ted. I was in my teens living with Raplh and spent a lot of time with Ralph and Ted playing fastball. He was a lot of fun to be around and I always felt he was a very classy man. I am thankful I had a visit with Ted when he was at Ralph’s farewell service in Stony Plain three years ago. I am sure he is playing a lot of golf upstairs wirh the Big Guy. Thanks, Vaughn

  • Joel and Rose Wolski says:

    Our deepest condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  • Joanne, Corey, Sharla and Chad Boelee says:

    To our dear friends Darryl and Terry, Nothing ever prepares us for saying good-bye to loved ones that have been constants in our lives. Wish we could all give you a big comforting hug right now…. Please know that we are thinking about you and your family members. Ted was such a gentle soul and his eyes never stopped twinkling when he was with his family. Many could learn from his loving devotion. Keeping you close in our hearts during this difficult time. Love Joanne, Corey, Sharla and Chad

  • Terry and Maggie Nelson says:

    Ted was a wonderful friend and confidante’, an awesome brother-in-law and uncle to our kids Tanya and Ryan. We have great memories of playing cards, boating, sking, camping and just talking about family and sports and just razzing each other.
    We’ll miss that big warm smile., and heart of gold. Love and best wishes to Darryl and Terry, Terrilynne Mike,and their girls Jessica, Madison and Mikayla, to Marleen and her. boys Rob and Chris and their families.

  • Jocelyn Prentice (Foster) says:

    Marleen and Family, I’m so very saddened to hear about Ted’s passing. He was my Dad’s most trusted friend and business partner for decades. I have so many fond memories as a child right until adulthood of Ted. I’ll never forget the days of working as a summer employee at Foster Park and Ted showed me how to play Solitaire on his “new computer”. Growing up in the original FPB days was a shining moment in my life and I hope Ted and Ralph are somewhere together as best friends once again. Marlene the hospitality you and Ted showed me a few years ago when I visited in Kelowna is such a warming memory. The grace Ted showed at my Dad’s final farewell will always stay with me. Thinking of you all and sending much love your way.

  • Barbara and Pat Mccue says:

    We will miss Ted, and cherish the time we knew him.

  • Leslie McDougall (Talbott) says:

    Terri, Darryl & Family,
    My sincere condolences on the passing of your Dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Take care.

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