SWORDY, George “Ted”
April 18, 1937 — February 16, 2017
Passed away at 79 years after a brief struggle with cancer, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his loving wife Margaret of 56 years, children Kevin (Lucille), Allen and Shauna, of Kelowna and grandchildren McKale, Alia, Nicole, Alexandra and Madeleine. He is predeceased by his brother Bill and sister Diane.
Ted was born and raised in Kelowna, attended KSS and joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1953, serving 5 yrs. He and Margaret settled in Kelowna in 1960 where they made many of their wonderful memories together. He joined School District 23 in 1961 as a custodian and became district wide manager for all custodians in 1973 until retiring in 1994. Ted was involved with sports his entire life as an athlete, coach, equipment manager and volunteer. He played hockey as a teenager and Major Men’s fastball into his 30s becoming a coach for many years. He was part of the organizing group for Kelowna Minor football in 1975 where he worked with others to prepare fields and organize equipment for the entire league. In 1981, he joined the Okanagan Sun Football team as team equipment manager for 8 yrs. He will forever be remembered for the shenanigans he and his fellow volunteers got into, making all their hours of unpaid work so much more enjoyable. Other volunteer efforts included volunteer firefighting, Big Brothers, High School football, Tim Horton Midget Hockey and the 1994 BC Summer Games. His volunteer efforts didn’t go unnoticed and he received many awards of recognition.
Dad/Grandpa is remembered for his unwavering, always positive support from the sidelines or bleachers. He never missed a game. In the Kelowna Rockets’ inaugural season, he became season ticketholder #2 and not #1 only because he stepped away to get a coffee before the ticket window opened.
He is remembered by all those who knew him for his incredible work ethic & punctuality, his willingness to give of his time, his quick wit and jokes.
Flowers or a donation, in his name, to a sports organization of your choice will be gratefully appreciated.
Funeral Service to be held at Springfield Funeral Home on Thurs., Feb. 23rd at 10:00 am.
“Wind em up and send ‘em home Ted”.
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The service for SWORDY, George “Ted” is scheduled for Thurs., Feb. 23rd, 2017 at 10:00 am.. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.