Theodore Melvin Tosoff

October 3, 1923October 8, 2020

Tosoff, Theodore Melvin (Fleet)

Born on the banks of the Fraser River, in Penny, BC on October 3rd, 1923, Theodore Melvin (Fleet) Tosoff began a long and colourful journey that came to a peaceful passing on October 8th, 2020 in Coquitlam, BC at the age of 97. He spent most of his adult life in the Greater Vancouver area.

Ted, as he was known to most people was dearly loved by his mother, Gladys and father, James along with a large family that grew up around the city of Prince George, BC. In his younger years, Ted played hockey during the frigid winters and caught fish in the summer on the banks of the Fraser River where the family lived near the CN station at the whistle stop of Shelley. After going to work as a flunky at a logging camp, Ted joined the army at 17 and served his country honourably, receiving the 75th year anniversary certificate and victory pin from Veteran Affairs Canada on the day before he passed away. He was one of the few remaining one million Canadian soldiers who “defend(ed) the right of all people to live in peace and freedom”.

After returning from the war at age 22, Ted attended Vancouver Vocational School and earned an apprenticeship with Dominion Construction where he learned his skills as a carpenter, soon becoming a supervisor. A natural born leader, Ted started his own construction firm, Crestwood Construction Ltd., and after the house building boom of the 1950s, went on to become a well known and respected general contractor in the Vancouver region. Crestwood was responsible for many school and civic projects including the Richmond School Board building and the Minoru Aquatic Centre.

Flying was his passion and Ted owned and flew his beloved Cessna 180 and then his 210 across Canada with his wife, Vivian, who predeceased him in 2006.

After retiring in 1982, Ted and Vivian travelled extensively around the world, then in their motor home and spent the winters in Arizona where they enjoyed being part of a square dancing group. Ted loved to dance and did so with his long time companion, Vivienne Jarvie well into his 96th year. Fiercely independent and known for his spirited personality and tough mindedness, Ted lived on his own after his wife’s death up until his final year.

Survived by his three sons, Bryon (Charlotte), Lloyd (Karen) and Ted Jr. (Charlotte), as well as eight grandchildren, Tamara, Kevin, Jennifer, Melissa, Amanda, David, Kara, and Matthew, and three great grandchildren, Vivi, Olave, and Georgia. He is predeceased by his grandson Christopher. Ted will be sorely missed by all those who knew and loved him.

Honouring Ted’s wishes, there will be no memorial service.


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Kim Greenall

October 16, 2020

My condolences to the family I never got to actually meet you but I do know your boy and his family Ted (Jr) and if you and your son were anything alike it would have been an honor to meet you! I always heard lots about you and it was all good!! RIP Ted

Shawn Meehan

October 10, 2020

My condolences to the family. I may not have had the honor to meet you sir but your son Ted is a shining reflection of your legacy. He is my friend and has shared great things about you! Thank you for your service and Rest In Peace.

Eric Thorsteinson

October 10, 2020

My condolences to the entire Tosoff family ........ I met Ted Sr back in 1978 ( when I was putting together a band with his son Ted Jr ) ..... He was always a regular guy ( no nonsense.... all common sense )..... I remember him telling me about getting wounded in WW11.... and that he got malaria ( in North America ) while fighting the German army there..... As mentioned on facebook, he gave me excellent advise about money when I was 23 yrs old ..... He told me to sock away $80.00 a month until I was 65 yrs old and then put it to goo use.... Although I've done alright, the money would have come in handy.... I also remember how funny the guy could be.... I remember there was woman who had her car in the driveway of their house in Whiterock ( don't know if she was a friend of the family or just somebody in the area ) .... She had trouble getting the car started..... and "Johnny on the Spot" he got it running ...... She wanted to "zip " right off.... and he said ( a lot like Bob Hope ) .... " Hey wait a minute .... you gotta give the car a minute to get the oil past the oil pan and into the motor".... It was so funny it should have been filmed and put on TV........ Ted Sr...... A guy that lived through " The Great Depression" and the " Second World War" ...... who made something of his life and really contributed to society........ I know he touched my life ( glad I went to visit him September 2019 ) and countless others...... RIP

Ted Tosoff

October 10, 2020

Thanks Dad for all you did in your lifetime, You were a hero to me, you and Mom did so much for your family, I’m proud to be one of your Son’s, Say Hi to Mom and Christopher, till we meet again Love Always. Ted


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