I was very saddened today to learn of the passing of my mom's cousin Theofilos "Ted" Jartos of Canton, GA on October 31st, 2017.
Ted was a unique man of many talents and entirely humble about them all. When I think of people whom I've admired and aspired to emulate in my life, Ted was one of those men.
Born on June 2, 1940, Ted and his older brother George were raised in Bridgeport, CT, Ted graduated from Warren Harding High School and University of Bridgeport.
Ted was a proud Christian, Hellene, Army veteran and conservative Republican. He was also an artist, an art teacher, professional football player, motorcyclist, post master and philosopher.
Ted's multitude of experiences made him a quintessential "Renaissance man". But he did not boast about any of it. His nature was to be stoic and "in the moment". He always wanted to know about "you" the person with whom he was sharing a conversation. Every moment alive was a moment of learning for Ted. His deep philosophic intellect and artistic sensibilities steered him on his own path in life and his journeys (especially solo cross-country motorcycle trips) were food for his soul.
Ted's younger brother, George, who passed away in Seattle in 2016, was also an artist. (I regret that I'd never met George because he moved out west in the 1960s and never moved back.) George and Ted were kindred spirits who grew up in the 1950s in a Greek household in bustling Bridgeport. I will always remember their wonderful mother, my Great-Aunt Efthalia, a beautiful and refined woman.
Ted will be missed. But he trod an inspirational pathway through this world and we are all better humans for having known and loved him.
Ted is survived by his beautiful and loving wife of 46 years, Gloria, and their two sons, Maximillian and Alex who cherished him as their wonderful dad. He is also survived by two grandchildren.
God Bless you and keep you safe, Teddy.