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Saturday, December 13, 2014

In Remembrance: Ted & The Class of 89


This summer we were privileged to be invited to attend the 25th class reunion of Spring Valley High Schools Class of 89.  It was a special occasion for me as I was their 12 grade social studies teacher and our eldest son Ted was a member of the class. The poignancy of being asked to say a few words after the dinner was reflected in my memories of what a fine and talented class they were and their universal friendship with our son. Ted had fallen due to the effects of bi-polar disease in December 1997 a short time before Christmas and his 28th birthday.  Our beloved daughter-in-law Deanne was the organizer of the class reunion that night. With love we remember always…..
Confirmation
Ted third from left
The trombone section relaxes at Winnipeg Band Festival in 1986.  Ted center.
 Punk day 1988.
Senior Beach Day 1989.
The Senior Ensemble at graduation
 

27 comments:

  1. Bittersweet memories, I'm sure.

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  2. I was my two sons art teacher and was always around for other things as they went through school. It seems like a long time ago now and the students have changed so much since graduating.

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  3. What a turmoil of emotions you must have felt but you had to have felt honored to have been asked to speak.

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  4. Looks like a great time, and the photos are wonderful, Trout! I agree with Patti, you had to have felt honoured to have been asked to speak.

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  5. Brings me to tears, TB. Just beautiful. Sending you big virtual hugs. :-)

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  6. A good memory from the summer but an anniversary that's most difficult at this time of year.

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  7. How bittersweet that must have been for you.

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  8. Yes, I too can imagine that being bittersweet, as well as being an honor.

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  9. Very nice being chosen, I have some fond memories of favorite teachers.We as teachers always wanted to make an impression on our students, and you did well with this group and many more I am sure.

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  10. some memories taste bittersweet. You obviously made a memorable impression on so many young minds. Thank you for your service as a teacher and a father.

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  11. I am certain the class was honored to have you present! This time of year must be really hard for you and Mrs. T. My sympathy to you both, bi polar is such a horrific disorder.:(

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  12. Wonderful memories - But no doubt hard at this time of year.

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  13. The class of 89, and in particular Ted and his good friends, were indeed a special group of kids. I think of Ted often. Mr. Science.

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  14. Poignant is the perfect word...what a lovely remembrance.

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  15. I can only imagine what strength that must have taken for you to speak at this gathering. My sympathy to you, Troutbirder.

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  16. Congrats. Some classes are special for us retired teachers for different reasons.

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  17. Christmas is the best time to relive those memories, makes them more poignant somehow.

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  18. There's just no beating living through the hair and clothing styles of the 80's! LOL!
    Wishing you and your family a most wonderful holiday season my friend!
    xo Catherine

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  19. Very moving post, blogger buddy. What a nightmare of a disease, leaving its effects on loved ones forever.

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  20. Hey, Mr. T. I'm sorry to hear about your oldest son. I don't think I caught that on your blog before. The world just shrank a little for me. I was class of '89, had the same senior beach theme, and had a bipolar brother. They didn't call it that back then, though. Wishing you a peaceful Christmas.

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  21. I'm sorry to hear about Ted; what a devastating loss for you. The reunion had to be one of those amazing sad-and-wonderful experiences; it sounds like it brought new healing. All the best at this holiday season.

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  22. Hi troutbirder, Very nice post. Lots of memories there. I wonder if you had your son in class? That would be quite an experience! John

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  23. Troutbirder -- Anyone who has lost a child knows your pain. We carry their memory in our heart daily. -- barbara

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  24. Hugs to you and Mrs. T. I think you have a pretty special daughter-in-law. How very bittersweet that must have been for you.

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