Theodorus Frederikus de Volder
Mr. Ted de Volder passed away peacefully in his home the morning of February 20th, 2014 at the age of 84.
He is survived by his wife Joanne, sons Ted (wife Jaime and granddaughter Jade), and Tim (wife Rachel and grandson Marcus) and brother Rudolf and sister Elisabeth and many nieces and nephews.
Ted was born in Indonesia August 28, 1929, and moved to the Netherlands after WWII. He taught in Holland for 10 years before immigrating to Canada in 1966. After a brief stay in Vancouver where he worked as a janitor (he played piano at night), he was drawn to teach in Revelstoke by the skiing and scenery. He enjoyed downhill and cross country skiing and avidly taking pictures with his camera. He taught in Arrowhead in a one room school before moving into Revelstoke where he founded the junior band program which he taught until his retirement. He was well known for remembering his students and enjoyed visiting with them as he shopped in Revelstoke. He always remembered their names and who their parents were. He also loved to travel and was known as the ‘Flying Dutchman”. He married his wife in 1980 and they had two sons that he was so proud of.
He moved to Victoria with his wife in 2006 to be closer to his sons and granddaughter Jade. His grandson was born in June 2013. He looked forward to Skyping with both his grandchildren. He was amazed at the continuous change of flowers all year in Victoria, especially the pink dogwood. At the time of his passing he was enjoying a full life, keeping track of the flowers, his grandchildren, listening to his music and of course the Olympics!
Ted will be sadly missed.