JEFFS, John Edward (Ted)

May 20, 1925 ~ February 11, 2014

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ted Jeffs, loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother, brother-in-law, friend and mentor who was adored by everyone who knew him.

Ted was born in Vancouver in 1925 and moved to Nanaimo (at age 14) in 1939. In his 75 years as a Nanaimo resident Ted strived to serve his community and accomplished much.

In 1942, he and his brothers opened the White Owl Restaurant in the Eagle Building in downtown Nanaimo where he met Ella Constable whom he married in 1950.

Ted was recognized as a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus and was also Past President of St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church. A 30 year member of Rotary North and Toastmaster extraordinaire, he had a great time as a member of the Nanaimo Tidesmen Barbershop Choir.

Ted will always be remembered as the “Candy Apple Man.” He and Ella made approximately 300 candied apples each Halloween; a 50 year tradition.

Ted owned and operated the Nanaimo “Minute Men” Moving and Storage Co. from 1948 – 2006. During this time, he also served on the Board of Directors with United Van Lines.

Ted is predeceased by his parents, Arthur and Mary Ellen Jeffs; his siblings: Richard, Eleanor, James, Robert, Frank and Ronald. He is survived by his brother, George (Evelyn); and sisters-in-law, Marge and Shirley. Ted leaves behind the love of his life, Ella, whom he was married to for 63 years; his children: Ken, Cheryl (Ken), Marie (Adam), Gail (Don), Michelle, Mark (Julie), and Christopher (Joanne); his grandchildren: Jordan, Brittany, Nicholas, Anton, Thomas, Brett, Dane, Kent, and Kenadee; his great-grandchildren: Zakary, Teddy, Brittania, and Mariah; as well as many nephews, nieces and dear friends.

Ted taught his family the true meaning of love and giving and has instilled great family values which were most evident at his favourite time of year, Christmas. He left us with a twinkle in his eyes, knowing God was waiting for him with open arms.

Thank you to all the 5th floor staff at N.R.G.H. who were absolutely wonderful.

A celebration of this amazing man’s life was held on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 2 pm at Trinity Catholic Church.

“In the end, a man’s greatest wealth is his family and friends.”

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