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SMEAL, Theodore C. "Ted"

SMEAL, Theodore C. "Ted"

SMEAL - Theodore C. "Ted"
Was born in Buffalo on June 2, 1951, to the late Ken and Jean Smeal. He spent the majority of his formative years being the light of his parents' lives, impersonating Howdy Doody, and perfecting The Youngbloods' "Get Together" on his guitar. Ken and Jean delighted in assembling and curating the Smealonian Institution, the world's largest collection of Ted's childhood artifacts. Ted's world got bigger and brighter in 1968 when he started dating his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, Bonnie Atkins. They finished out the decade cruising around in his '69 Dodge Super Bee, treating her adoring little brothers to milkshakes. The couple was married in 1973 and moved to East Aurora in 1976. Ted built a career as a general contractor. His company, T.C. Smeal Construction, enjoyed a 30-year reputation for meticulous craftsmanship and principled integrity. For many of those years, Ted was blessed to mentor and partner with his brother from another mother, Tom Hulton, with whom he shared a relentless work ethic. Ted is survived by his lifelong companion and soul mate, Bonnie; his daughter Amy who routinely and ruefully breaks his cardinal rule to "never be any good at anything you don't like to do"; and his son Tim who inherited all his best attributes, including fierce loyalty and unfailing humor. He is also survived by a legion of loved ones who struggled to help him break free from the abyss of Parkinson's disease psychosis (PDP), but the darkness proved too vast. A majority of long-term Parkinson's patients are plagued, not just with the telltale tremors, but with insidious hallucinations and delusions. Ted's family wishes to play whatever small part they can in increasing awareness of PDP and destigmatizing mental illness. A memorial service celebrating Ted's life will be held Sunday, July 9, at 1 PM 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. Ted was a longtime member of Baker, serving as a trustee and in many other volunteer roles. Memorial contributions may be made to Baker Memorial United Methodist Church. Online condolences to www.woodfh.com

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