Bruno Cuoci posted a condolence
Saturday, August 17, 2019
Ted was the business leader we all wish we could have one day, and I was fortunate enough to have Ted as the leader of our business unit in Canada. His empathy and compassion while driving accountability was second to none. Through hard times, Ted made every effort to keep our focus on the “prize” and he gave us a safe space to make it happen. His continuous support gave us the confidence to battle the tough times. We could not have been more proud as a team than when we achieved what he had believed we could do all along. I saw Ted last March after a couple years away from VWR and I will always remember the heartfelt hug he gave me as it seemed we relived those years together in that brief moment. He truly cared. My deepest condolences to Ted’s family and friends, with the hope that knowing how he touched others lives in such a positive way can help during this difficult time.
Ann Eckert posted a condolence
Friday, August 16, 2019
Oh my dear and delightful brother….where do I start???!!! You lived such a big life - you were such a big life force. You touched so many people, and did so many wonderful and generous things in your short 61 years on this earth. I was so proud of you in so many different ways – your family – which you loved and cared for with every morsel of your body; the kindness, generosity and support you gave to me and my boys during some very difficult times, and the Thanksgiving family time that became a treasured tradition for all of us; our “extended” family, and the annual reunions that you helped organize and enjoy for many summers at the lake in VA.; and Michael – our cousin who became your brother and best friend, and your valued partner in all of your hunting, fishing and the other outdoor activities you pursued. How you loved to be in Mike’s cabin on the lake or hunting elk with your buddies…that was so you!; your New Canaan home – it is sooooo you! It is both comforting and painful to be here now that you are gone - from the design of the house, your beloved carriage barn, your workshop, and of course….the yard….which you so loved and were so proud! All of the people in New Canaan who became close friends – and the “Lobstah” parties – who could forget those! They too were so you…from the meticulous details in the setting and ambiance (setting up tables and umbrellas, creating channels for the lights and electrical wires, and decorating the space), to ensuring the freshest beverages, to overseeing the cooking of the lobsters and the shrimp boil (even though sometimes the actual dinner was a little on the late side….oops!!!); your business success, and the people that you guided and supported – you were a sterling boss, mentor, cheerleader and friend – each, as the situation warranted. In a word, you were AMAZING! And now, Mr. Amazing, we are going to miss you so terribly and with all of our hearts. You touched so many people, in so many ways and we are all going to miss you very much. You left us way, way, way too early – really wish you hadn’t done that. I get that we don’t get to choose when we go, but boy, in a million years, I never would have guessed that you would leave us now. One of the pieces of solace that I have, is that you and your spirit will live on in the children you raised with Kathy. You could not have picked a more perfect partner in Kathy – how cool it is that you found your soulmate. You loved Kathy unconditionally, with all of your heart, and you “talked it and walked it” every day. And she loved you unconditionally as well – how precious, and what a role model for your children and their future relationships. And, your legacy will live on in your children…. Kelsey shares your thoughtful, strong and artistic side; Sean carries your independent, adventurous and free spirit; Alec possesses your kind, caring, practical and dependable side; and Kylie has always exhibited your sense of style and your ambitious drive. They each celebrate a part of you…of course, it is a good thing that all are balanced by a good dose of Kathy as well. You did everything with such Gusto, and a need to do the best and be the best that you could possibly be, in everything that you touched – from making sure that the roast was cut just the right way, the pudding was not too crispy and the gravy was not too lumpy, to finalizing the last details of a deal, to making sure that Kathy and each of the kids had everything they needed, to helping other friends and family in countless and generous ways. You had such energy, and showered each of us with so much love and caring! Oh my dear and delightful brother, your story ended way too soon with so many chapters left to write. But, I love you and I will miss you forever.
Paul Zvonar posted a condolence
Thursday, August 15, 2019
I will always cherish my time working under Ted at VWR. In fact, when I think of that period of time, an immediate smile comes to my face. Ted’s jokes and endless sarcasm made any meeting a joy. I will always admire the passion he had for his work, and the genuine caring he showed for his team. I have no doubt that I am a better person and business leader as a result. He was a true leader and giant. My deepest condolences to Ted’s family for their tragic loss. Please take some small measure of comfort knowing that he truly did make the lives of his employees better in so many countless ways. He will be greatly missed. Paul Zvonar, Toronto ON, Canada
Pete Cavender posted a condolence
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
It was both an honor and privilege to work under Ted during his time with VWR. He was an amazing leader and even more so, a really great man. As one of his (as he put it) "mining guys", we always felt we had a true champion of our efforts in Ted. He was always very supportive of the mining team and I think we grew to be better people under his tutelage. To Ted's family and close friends, I offer my most sincere condolences during this unbelievably difficult time. I too am saddened with you in your loss. Rest in peace, Ted.
Abbey Brandon posted a condolence
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Ted, I don’t have the words to express just how much I will miss you, but I find comfort in knowing that I will see and feel your spirit every day through Alec. I always joke with him and call him out for sounding like his dad and using the same mannerisms in all of his stories. I know your spirit will live on in him. The way he mumbles “I don’t know,” and swipes his hand is so “Ted.” I see you when he sits in his chair with his legs crossed and leans back and rocks the chair like it’s about to fall is just how you’d sit. When Alec gets home from work, he turns on every light in the house, just like you would. I’ll miss you greeting us at the door when we would come home for the holidays. You’d always carry my overpacked bags inside for me and all the way up the stairs, even with that old back. When we’d leave to go home, I got a kick out of you repacking the car trunk because we “packed it wrong.” You always had a more efficient way of doing everything and you were always teaching us the Ted way. The last weekend we spent together celebrating Alec’s MBA graduation holds a special place in my heart. I loved seeing how proud of Alec you were. You loved him. You were proud of him. I loved being able to see him through your eyes. I see what you saw too. One thing I never got to tell you is how grateful I am for showing Alec how to love. Seeing how much you loved Kathy and how attentive to her you were was a wonderful example for Alec. I didn’t think men as kind and loving as Alec existed. He is going to be an amazing husband and father and I thank both you and Kathy for raising him to be an incredible man. You were an outstanding example of both of those roles. Thank you for treating me and loving me as a daughter. You’ll always be my father-in-law. I wish I could have called you that for longer. I’ll take good care of Alec and my god, we are going to miss you. Abbey
Kay Edwards posted a condolence
Monday, August 12, 2019
One of the best brother in laws you could ask for! He will be missed.
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Monday, August 12, 2019
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