Edwin "Ted" John Bethell

June 25, 1924March 11, 2013
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BETHELL, Edwin “Ted” John

Ted passed away peacefully at the Carewest Fanning Centre on Monday, March 11, 2013. He was born in Stanmore, AB to Alice and Percy Bethell on June 25, 1924. Ted was predeceased by his partner for life, soulmate and wife, Edith, on December 17, 2012. Ted and Edith met in high school and married on November 18, 1944 and celebrated 68 years of marriage in 2012. Ted served in the Canadian Navy during WWII and upon his return, he and Edith began raising their family. In 1946, Ted began an enjoyable and successful 30 year career in the oil business with Canadian Superior Oil Co. During the last decade of his career, he did a great deal of international travel in which Edith was able to join him on several occasions. After his retirement in 1986, Ted and Edith enjoyed vacations to international destinations and spent six months fixing up their cottage in the Cotwolds, England and entertaining family there. The remainder of their retirement years were mostly spent between White Rock, BC where they delighted in the warmth of the West Coast in the winter and in Calgary during the summer months, ‘puttering’ around Dad’s favourite place on earth – their cabin at Ghost Lake. Ted loved golf and took pleasure in many happy times playing at both of his residences. He is survived by daughters Sharron (Bob) Blaine and Sue (Tom) Couchman; son Michael (Sharon) Bethell; seven grandchildren: Vicky, Janice, David, Erin, Katherine, Jayne and Matt; six great grandchildren: Paul, Mayah, Abigail, Elliott, Ava and Will; sister Gladys Guarascio and brother, Bill Bethell, all of whom mourn his passing. Ted had a passion for life, his family and his work. He will be lovingly remembered by all of his family, extended family and friends as a warm and enthusiastic host, loving husband, a great dad and mentor. A Funeral Service will be held at FOSTER’S GARDEN CHAPEL, 3220 – 4 Street N.W., Calgary (across from Queen’s Park Cemetery) on Wednesday, March 20, 2103 at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery. The Family would like to thank the staff of 3 West at Carewest Fanning Centre and Dr. Kobus Stassen for their support and outstanding care during this past week and throughout Dad’s stay. A special thanks to Pat Greene at the Fanning whose kind attention and friendship with Dad meant so much to all of us this past year. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made directly to the Kidney Foundation, 6007 1A Street S.W., Calgary, AB T2H 0G5. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family via the website

FOSTER'S GARDEN CHAPEL FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORIUM Telephone: 403-297-0888 Honoured Provider of Dignity Memorial


  • Funeral Service Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Edwin "Ted" John Bethell

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March 21, 2013

Dear Sharron, Michael, Sue and Family,

Your dad was a very kind and caring man. He was a good brother to Mom and a loving uncle. I will always remember the happy times we spent with both your Dad and Mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Love, Rosemary and Don

Karen Dolynny

March 20, 2013

What a remarkable man your dad was! He and Edith were wonderful folks. We are are so sorry for your family's loss. Paul & Karen

B. G

March 16, 2013

I am one of the student nurses at the Fanning Center that took care of Ted. I feel so lucky to have met such happy,joyful, and independent man. He was always so appreciative of my care and was always willing to help me in my learning. He always mentioned his wife and family with pride. Thank you Ted for letting me get to know such an amazing individual and making my first experience as a nurse the best one I could ever possibly imagine. You really touched my heart. Rest in peace.

John Paul Davis

March 16, 2013

Dear Susan and Tom and all your family, sorry to hear of your loss. I remember your dad taking us to Ghost lake for your 11th birthday. God bless him.

March 16, 2013

Dear Sharron, Michael, Sue & extended family.
I was so sorry to hear of your father's passing. He and Edith were two of the finest people I have ever met in my life and they will never be forgotten. As you know, we had a long and close relationship working for the same company for all those many years.
I have but one regret. I promised your Father at the time of your Mother's passing that I would be visiting him early in the New Year, and I did not keep that promise. Somehow life just got in the way.
With extreme regret, I will not be able to see you on Wednesday, March 20th as we have an unalterable commitment out of town that day that prevents my attendance. Nevertheless, my thoughts and prayers will be with all of you on that day and beyond.
Vic Bohonos

Carolyn and Marvin Friesz

March 15, 2013

Always enjoyed the visits that we had with Ted and Edith. What a lovely couple who were so down to earth always greeting you with a big smile and a warm hello. Hugs to you all.

Betty Boon

March 15, 2013

Sharron -- I don't know if you remember me from our school years. I was Betty Whitnack then. I am so sorry to read of your father's passing. Just know that I am thinking of you. Betty Boon

Mary Ann Peel

March 14, 2013

Sharron,Michael, Susan & Families
Sorry to hear about Uncle Ted.He & Auntie Eddie had a wonderful life.They loved you so much & made others feel so special.
Now they are together.
With Sympathy
Mary Ann & Bob Peel