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Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services – Portland

999 Forest Avenue, Suite 1, Portland, ME

OBITUARY

Theodore Carmine TOCCI Jr.

February 7, 1955May 30, 2020

Theodore Carmine Tocci Jr. was born in Fort Benning, Georgia on February 7th, 1955 and peacefully passed away, surrounded by his loved ones, on May 30th, 2020.

He was a strong and supportive older brother to his six younger siblings and a loving son to his parents, Theodore and Barbara while growing up in Newton, Massachusetts. He came to Maine through the opportunity to attend forestry school at the university campus in Orono, from which he earned a degree and a class ring you would always find him wearing.

Ted accomplished many amazing things in his life including hiking The Long Trail, starting his own interior landscaping company and being a wonderful father to his three children. You could find Ted festival jumping, creating elaborate gardenscapes, performing as a myriad of characters in shows all over southern Maine, sleeping outside, jamming on his harmonica or rollerblading through the neighborhood with his FM Radio headphones.

He always provided humor, stories and a good meal and was a bright light for anyone who crossed his path. He will be greatly missed but will remain in our hearts forever. Service details are still to be arranged, but we will gather outside to celebrate Ted’s life over the summer on a beautiful day.

Services

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Memories

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Dollie Chase

June 24, 2020

My husband and I met Ted (TC) in the late 1970s when he moved into the apartment downstairs from us on Sherman Street. We became good friends and years later, when we lived on Pembroke Street, Ted once again moved into the apartment downstairs from us. We have many memories of Ted, all of them including much laughter, but the one that is the dearest to me is from the evening of July 4, 1984. Flip & I had brought our newborn home from the hospital that day. There was a knock on the door and it was Ted. He had to see the baby. I brought Ben out from his crib, Ted said hello to him and then immediately stood on his head! After returning to his feet, he said, “I just wanted to be the first person Ben ever sees stand on their head.” He was a good man and a good friend and was always welcome. He will be dearly remembered always by the Chase family.

Michael Millett

June 17, 2020

Teddy T you made me laugh. In fact, we laughed so hard we cried. I loved that about you. From Wacked Wizards to Big Rock of Improve to 1940's Radio Hour and a lot of shows in between we had a lot of laughs. I remember riding our motorcycles when a guy cut me off and almost hit me. You chased him down and read him the riot act. You took care of your friends. It's rare to meet real people in life, real people who are real friends, you were one. My only regret is that we didn't have enough time. I'll miss you and continue to think of you often. I'd say RIP my friend but I know you are too busy tearing up the place and making people laugh. You were a good man and I hope enough people told you that. Much love until we meet again

Sumida Sferes

June 15, 2020

I met Ted through my first husband at the Portland Ice Arena. They played hockey together. I think Ted intimidated Frank, being the fight starter in hockey. Lol. I wasn't scared!! Ted and his partner, Holly were pregnant the same time we were. Our kids are a week apart. I ended up getting divorced and moved to Steep Falls, where I got involved in theater at Schoolhouse Arts Center. There is where I met Ted again wearing a different hat. Our kids shared the role of Michael in Peter Pan. We did many shows together. He was always a blast to work with. He will be sadly missed.💞💞

Tom SCANNELL

June 15, 2020

Being with Ted was always an event.
The first time I met was when he wandered into an audition for "Don't Drink The Water" all long hair and muscular energy. "What theater have you done before?" "None" he said, "This looked fun so I thought - what the hell". There wasn't a lot of long hair in the Soviet Block Police but I thought "What the hell, I'm not going to let him go without giving him a chance." He was just what the Dr ordered. Ted came to embody what it was to be a community theater guy. He and his beautiful family were a spark that burned bright at the Arts Center warming us all.
Farewell my friend. I am proud to have known you.

John Mclean

June 14, 2020

Ted was a great friend, person, father, I met him in high school and we have remained friends forever! I will miss him and his zany humor which brought many laughs in my time with him. Whenever we talked he always spoke about you kids He was so proud of all of you and loved u forever. The world has lost one of the best. I love you forever Ted

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY