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Ted Lofto

July 11, 1952 - May 20, 2017


Ted Grant Lofto, 64 of Cowichan Bay died May 20th, 2017 from complications related to pancreatic cancer.  He left this world surrounded by his close family.

Ted was born July 11th, 1952 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Originally raised on his father Gordon John Lofto’s farm in Starbuck, Manitoba, his family moved to Winnipeg in 1959, where Ted attended school.  Growing up he had to constantly remind people that his birth certificate said ‘Ted’, and not ‘Theodore’.  He attended the University of Winnipeg, and was active in scouting and sea cadets in his hometown.


He graduated in 1976 with a degree in social work, and by 1977 was working in Prince Rupert for the ministry of human resources.  He met his wife Diane Campbell there, before moving to Kitsilano in 1981 where Ted found work in Vancouver.  Married in 1981, they bought their first house in New Westminster.  After taking a trip around the world in 1986, he realized New West wasn’t where they wanted to be, so they moved to Duncan in 1987.  He kept up with his work in the ministry there, which he continued for another 30 years until 2017, when he retired.


Ted was always involved in the community in some capacity, and especially through the Duncan United Church where he’d help to put on dinners for the homeless.  Over his children’s lives he would grow with them to coach basketball, field hockey, soccer, whatever let him play and help others.  He cherished vacations his family took through the years, to Mexico or Disneyland.  If a beach or pool was involved, you could always find Ted snoozing somewhere in the sun.  He was always an outstanding father to both his children and the children in his lives that were not his own.
His surviving family mourns his loss: his mother Connie, sisters Barb and Brenda, and children Melanie and John.  He leaves behind his first grandchild Malachi Fiddler Ted Lofto, born three days before his cancer diagnosis.  Countless cousins, nephews, and nieces have also been greatly affected by his passing.


A service will be held at Duncan United Church on June 3rd at 3 pm, followed by a tea in the Heritage Hall there.  Stories and pictures of his life can be sent to his son at jlofto@gmail.com.


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From: H.W. Wallace Cremation & Burial Centre

H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Cathi Somerville Watkins
Relation: Friend

My absolute sincerest condolences to the entire family. Ted was just “that” guy that everybody gravitated to and wanted to be with and be like. He will be so sadly missed.

From: Rick West
Relation: HMCS Quadra PL 1973

I am so sad to hear the news of Ted’s passing. He was my PL officer in 1973. I always had great respect for him. Even though we never saw each other again after the summer of 1974 I shared many of my experiences and the things he taught me about myself with my own kids and the Navy League Cadets Corps that I commanded while my kids were involved in the program.
He obviously touched many many lives and I’m sure will be remembered by anyone who ever knew him.
I offer my deepest sympathies for your loss. Bravo Zulu Sir! Now Stand Easy!

From: Jim Short
Relation: friend

Cathy Bone and I (Jim Short) were so sorry to hear of Ted’s death. We knew Ted in the family during he 90’s when we lived in Duncan.

From: Karen Cope
Relation: Family

Dear Diane and family
We are so very saddened to hear of Ted’s passing. We enjoyed your visit to Australia all those years ago. Ted was such a lovely guy. Our thoughts are with you all at this time. Love to all ❤️
Karen, Tony and family

From: Victoria Caldwell
Relation: Friend

Dearest Diane, John, Melanie and all the family. I am greatly saddened to hear of Teds passing. And at the same time, so blessed for the warm hugs at the baby shower. Ted was a warm and affectionate man and will be missed. God Bless.

From: Jenny Ingram

Melanie and John, and the rest of your family, I am so sorry for your loss. He was such a kind man, and I know you carry that legacy on.

From: Michelle Tremblay
Relation: a friend

Melanie & John, my whole family, although away at sea or at school at this time all have thoughts for you ! Ted was a devoted dad and my kids were around him often, when you guys were little. Ted will be remembered. We are sending you and your family our profond condolences. xxMichelle

From: Kathrin Lake
Relation: Old friend

I adored that man. Sweet memories.

From: Deborah Carruthers
Relation: Old work mate

I feel deeply saddened by ted’s passing. He will be enormously missed.

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Service Schedule

  Celebration of Life

Date & Time:
June 3, 2017
Beginning at 3:00pm

Duncan United Church
246 Ingram Street
Duncan, BC Canada

246 Ingram Street
Duncan, BC Canada

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