June 2, 1951 - June 29, 2017
Theodore "Ted" C. Smeal, who built a company along with numerous structures in 30 years as the owner of the T.C. Smeal Construction company in East Aurora, died on June 29 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease psychosis. He was 66.
Born in Buffalo, he was adored by his parents, the late Ken and Jean Smeal, who curated a collection of their son's stuff, jokingly dubbed "the Smealonian Institution."
His circle of loved ones grew larger with the addition of perhaps its most important member in 1968, his high school sweetheart and lifelong partner Bonnie Atkins. The two married in 1973 and moved to East Aurora in 1976, where they built a life, a family and a business over the next four decades.
Mr. Smeal shaped his contracting business the same way he did his marriage, or the buildings he was hired to construct: in other words, he did it meticulously, guided by a belief in hard work and integrity. Over the course of three decades, he and his longtime partner Tom Hulton built a reputation for their business marked by quality work and principles.
As steady as he was in business and in life, Mr. Smeal was unmoored in later years by a struggle with PDP, one that was marked not only by physical tremors but mental ones too, as many who have the illness experience. On June 29, after years spent fighting his illness, Mr. Smeal lost his battle with PDP.
He is survived by his wife Bonnie, his daughter Amy and his son Tim, along with many loved ones, all of whom hope to raise awareness of PDP and help destigmatize mental illness.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, July 9, at 1 p.m. at Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, 345 Main Street, East Aurora, NY. Friends and family are welcome to attend a reception in the church parlor following the service.