March 12, 1944 – July 16, 2020
Theodore (Ted) Gerela March 12 1944 - July 16 2020
It is with heartfelt sadness that the family of Ted Gerela announce his passing, peacefully on July 16 2020 after a brief battle with cancer. Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather and Professional Athlete. Ted was born on March 12 1944 in Sarrail, Alberta, second youngest of 10 siblings. Ted is survived by his loving wife Trudy, sons Teddy Jr, Christopher and Grandchildren Luke, Theodore and Chrysanthe. As well as brothers Mike, Danny, Metro and Roy and sisters Edith, Pauline and Dianne. In 1960 Ted was voted top sportsman at Brooks Secondary School in Power River, BC. Ted decided to move Spokane Washington where he began playing football in his junior year. Focusing on his football skills, won him a four year scholarship to Washington State University. During his time at Washington State, Ted was noticed by professional football teams here in Canada. Ted joined the BC Lions in 1967 and established himself as a star player with tying the CFL record of five field goals in one game in his first season. After he retired from his football career, Ted proceeded a career in the private sector in the folding carton industry over the next 25 years as District Sales Manager for Western Canada. Once Ted, retired in 2008, he continued his time and attention to playing golf and training his beloved German Shepherd Dogs focusing in competing in the working dog class.
Celebration of Life will be held at Henderson Funeral Home 45901 Victoria Ave Chilliwack, BC - July 25 2020 @ 1:00pm - Due to CO-VID restrictions there is limited seating available.
Saturday, July 25, 2020
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July 29, 2020
Ted always beat the heck out of me playing racquetball. He gave me 15 points to start and he would still beat me to 21. Trudy & Ted with my wife Sharon and I spent a weekend at my parents place on North Pender Island many years ago. Great time. Great guy.
July 27, 2020
My condolences to the Gerela family.
As kids we grew up and played together in Wildwood as he lived across the street from me.
A good friend who will be missed.
July 25, 2020
My deepest condolences to the Gerela family. My grade 9 science teacher (1968) had taught Ted when he lived in Powell River so we often talked about the success he was having with the Lions. We all watched his exploits like hawks and many of us even took to practicing "soccer style" kicking. She even paid me a huge compliment by saying that I reminded her of him. Have been involved in bc football as a player, coach, and referee ever since. Thank you Ted for the inspiration and for being a positive role model.