Bacigalupo, “Ted” Theo Johannes

July 2, 1942 – June 13, 2012
at the age of 69 years 

Ted was born in Berlin, Germany on July 2, 1942. Despite the difficult times, Ted had many fond memories of his life in Germany. The family moved to Canada in 1954, settling in London, Ontario. There were many youthful tales of fun and mischief – Tony and Walt became his cherished lifetime friends, unaffected by time or distance.

Following highschool, Ted joined the Canadian National Railway (CNR) in 1961. There he met Bonnie, his wife of 44 years and devoted friend. Ted enjoyed his work as Freight Sales Marketing Officer in Hamilton working closely with the steel industry.  With the arrival of son Randall, and daughter Rochelle, the family moved to a rural acreage north of Hamilton and were joined by their youngest son, Jeremy. Intrigued by the function of local government, Ted ran for Puslinch Township Council, serving three successful terms with dedication and energy.

Despite his busy schedule, Ted enjoyed the efforts of rural life; ploughing the 600’ drive with his Ferguson tractor, felling hardwood to heat the house, hosting summer gatherings, brewing maple syrup, beekeeping, and caring for an ever-changing menagerie of farm critters. 

In 1990, Ted took early retirement from the CNR to pursue new opportunities. For one year, he served as the United Way fundraiser head for the industrial sector in Hamilton, surpassing targets despite the recession of the time. With Randy and Rochelle pursuing their careers, Ted, Bonnie and Jeremy packed their belongings into a classic Eaton’s delivery truck and headed west to the Shuswap. 

Returning to municipal politics in 1999, Ted represented Area ‘C’ for 13 years, first as Director and then as Chair of the Columbia Shuswap Regional District. He served on countless boards with honesty, commitment and integrity, and was a dedicated supporter of many committees and volunteer groups. Due to Ted’s foresight, diligence and hard work, Area ‘C’ implemented its Park Plan in 2004, eventually expanding to include the entire CSRD. Ted was instrumental in leading the establishment and funding of the Shuswap Lakes Integrated Planning Process (SLIPP), which received the Premier’s Award for promoting innovation and excellence.

In his personal time, Ted spent many hours fishing, hiking, motorcycling and exploring the outdoors. He enjoyed listening to Andrea Bocelli, feeding the wild birds (and occasional uninvited bear), and devouring pound cake, bean salad, tea, and more pound cake. He was a proud member of the Canadian Blood Services ‘100 Club’ with 183 donations to his name.

Ted was supported throughout his life by a loving family. He returned this love, and was extremely proud of his three children and adoring of his two grandchildren. Surrounded by his family, he passed away on June 13, 2012 after a brief, but aggressive illness. Ted leaves behind Bonnie, children Randy, Rochelle (Nicolas) and Jeremy, grandchildren Myles and Lily, stepmother Maria, stepfather Horst, siblings Barbara (Wolfgang), Martin (Shirley), Michael, Anita (Marzio) and many nieces, nephews and valued friends and acquaintances. He was predeceased by his parents Giovanni and Helga, and brother Mario. 

Plans are being made to gather on July 22 at the Blind Bay Hall to share stories and honour Ted for his work and dedication to the community.  Contributions (in his name) can be directed to the Shuswap Community Foundation at shuswapfoundation.ca or by mail to Box 624, 450 Lakeshore Drive NE, Salmon Arm, BC.  V1E 4N7.

7 Comments

  1. We were shocked and very saddened to hear of Ted’s passing. Ted was one of our hardest working people at CN back in the “good old days” and we knew that his early retirement and move out to B.C. was a lifelong dream that he was able to fulfill. To Bonnie, Randall, Rochelle and Jeremy, you are in our thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time. May God Bless and keep you all.
    Chuck & Donna Schell, Smithville, Ontario

  2. Sorry to hear of Ted’s passing. Remember him as a vibrant individual and a man of many interests.

  3. There are no words of the sorrow I feel for you. I know I have not seen Ted in quite some time. But I think of our camping trips often. Bonnie and Ted made my teenage years camping enjoyable. I always loved the bike rides at Pinery and chats in your trailer. My heart aches for you all. You are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless you.

    Paula

  4. Bonnie;
    Shirley and I were very sorry to hear of Ted’s passing. What a remarkable guy. We have some very fond memories of your days in London.
    Our sincere sympathies to you and your family. Regards, Paul

  5. How sad we are to hear of Ted’s passing
    Never will we forget our trip to Virginia Beach and the many good times that we shared.
    Our only wish is that we could have been there to hold your hand, Bonnie.
    Luv always. Donna and Len

  6. Dear Mrs. Bacigalupo and family
    I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. I had the privelage of meeting Ted when I was residing on the North Shuswap in 2005/2006. He and I shared a mutual concern regarding the overall health and well being of the Shuswap Lake. Upon being elected in the Cariboo I looked forward to seeing Ted’s smiling face at annual UBCM conventions. I enjoyed catching up on what was happening on the lake and hearing other things he was working on at the CSRD. This year I was disappointed to not see him. I thought, hmmm, odd he’s not here. I wonder what mischief he is up to these days. Never for a moment did I think he had passed over. Too young. Too vibrant. He will be greatly missed.

    Deepest regards and respect
    Deb Bischoff
    Cariboo Regional District
    Area D Director

  7. Dear Bonnie,
    Just thinking of times past and decided to Google your name when Ted’s obituary popped up. It looks like you have led an exciting life since last we saw you many years ago. We are both retired now and living in Grand Bend. We were sorry to read of Ted’s passing and are thinking of you.

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