I am so sorry to hear about Ted. We participated together in the wheelchair division in several South Florida Marathons. My condolences to Ted's family.
I lost a man who is very special to me. He was a father, friend, and fishing buddy. We will miss him. We will see him in heaven's garden with Rusty. To my family, if you need me, I will be there for you .
I never met you,But followed every word that was ever printed about you in the Miami Herald.I was always so amazed at the things you accomplished,And wished I could have thanked you so many times for your service to our country.I was married to a Miami Springs marine,who was also wounded during his tour of duty in the Pacific,But he came out a lot better than you.He always talked about the war,and how many men were left behind,and couldn't figure out why he made it out alive.You were highly respected by many,and we are humbly thanking you for giving so much of yourself.Rest in peace,and in closing,please accept the biggest salute to a mighty big man.Thank you again for all that you gave.Remember,all gave some,but you gave all.
Ted, you were an inspiration to all of us, your courage,your kindness,and above all your great smile will always be there with us.
Your neigbor and friends
Ted and Judi
I was so shocked to hear about Ted. Although I hardly knew him, his story and your strength have always inspired me !! You are a remarkable woman and Ted was an extraordinary human being. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family.
Thinking of you ,
Sallie and the Bridis Family,
I had the privilege and honor of being Ted's friend while at MHS and after his war injuries. Several years ago, he shared with me how he was injured in Vietnam, his long recovery, and subsequent achievements after his recovery. He gave the full credit to Sallie for instilling in him his will to live and desire to lead a normal life. Sallie was his gentle, but tough "Task Master".
I, then, organized Ted and Sallie's story and presented it in a 20 minute speech to my Toastmaster group in Atlanta. I praised Ted and Sallie as true American Heroes(ines)and as inspirations to all Americans. During my speech, people began to cry - there
wasn't a "dry eye" in the audience of approximately 50 people.
Prior to the para - Olympics, Eddie Bell, Ted's MHS classmate and football team member, confided to me that Ted wasn't granted enough money to travel and participate in the wheelchair races. Upon hearing this, I contacted the Atlanta Citadel Alumni Association and we invited Ted to be the guest of honor at one of our dinner meetings. Also, he was the guest of honor at our Atlanta Vietnam Veterans Business Association lunch. He shared his background with us, cracked jokes with us about his wheelchair races (and crashes). He also took apart his racing chair in front of both groups. We raised money for him at both meetings and the AVVBA, subsequently, hosted a golf fund raiser for Ted.
He was very grateful to us for the funds raised for him! In true Ted Bridis fashion, He sent me a daily e-mail updating me on his trip to China, daily activities, races, etc - just to fly over there was a major achievement!!
At MHS, Ted was a starting defensive end during his junior year. I was a senior and started as an inside linebacker along side Danny Hogan. Ted was very quiet and well liked by his teammates as well as our coaches. As everyone knows, he was alway having problems with his shoulder. Coach Davis would "pop his shoulder back into place" and then Ted would come back into the scrimmage/game. After his war injuries and during his trips to Atlanta, we would get together and share stories about MHS football. Ted loved to talk about the Orange Bowl and the "Saturday morning MHS football scrimmages". Sallie, I remember having dinner with you and Ted in Miami. You mentioned the "electrifying times" during the MHS games in the Orange Bowl. How true!!
I am a Citadel graduate and knew that Ted was at the Citadel. While there, I didn't see him very much and, frankly, don't know why. I was one year ahead of Ted and served in Vietnam prior to Ted's tour.
Sallie, I continue to pray for you and Ted every morning and know that he is in a better place.
My condolences to your family. I first read about Ted upon his return from Viet Nam. I was in high school and was forever impressed with his courage and strength. Over the years I have often thought about him and was very sad to read of his passing. I thank him for serving our country and from what I have read living an amazing life with his family. May you all find peace in your love and memories of a truly inspiring man. God bless.
Ted - may your beautiful soul rest in peace.
Dear Sallie and Family,
I'm so proud to have known Ted. He was a very, very special person, who knew how to put a smile on everyone's face.
Alice Kwart Rudd
I had the privilege to get to know Ted through the running community here in South Florida. He was always a pleasure to have at our starting line and never once complained. His Athletic ability was admired by everyone he met and inspired countless others.
I am a better person to have known Ted, and will miss him next week when we line up for the Key Biscayne Lighthouse Run.
Condolences to the entire family
A great life lived! Ted led the way in every way for wheelchair athletes in South Florida
It was an honor to know the strength and grace (and speed) that was Ted Bridis. I had the great fortune to meet Ted when I was involved in road racing with the Miami Runners Club. My sympathies to friends and family who will miss him so. But no doubt he lived life to the fullest and help fill up so many people who were blessed enough to know (and be inspired by) him. May that be of some comfort as you mourn the loss and celebrate his life...
Rest in peace Ted and thank you for your service to this country. You were an inspiration to all. My condolences to your family. God bless!
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
I only met you once but that was all it took to tell me you were an outstanding man, veteran, athlete, and family man. The Lord does not make many like Ted Bridis but thank you Lord for bringing him into our lives. Rest in peace, Ted.
You deserve it!
My thoughts and prayers are with you. I was happy to get to know Ted and Sallie when I was privileged to teach their son, Ted, at Westminster Christian School. What a loving and caring family. I was so happy to see Ted and Sallie again a few years ago in Miami Beach when they were at their Miami High School reunion. Ted, thank you for your amazing service to our country and your courage and strength in your Life. Rest in Peace. I know you will be missed.
It was a true honor to know Ted Bridis over the years from school days to his honorable military career and how he managed life as whole a true gentleman may the Lord be with you and your family. Lane Bradford
in the 31 years i knew Ted i never heard him complain about anything,he just did it, Ted was a mans man i am proud to have known you my friend
A beautiful love story. The football player and the cheerleader. He was a brother to me and was always there for me. Ted truly loved his wife, his children and his friends. A truly remarkable man. RIP.
Our thoughts are with you always. We have so many wonderful memories of our times together with you and Ted over these many years. The MHS years and numerous reunions, Hall of Fame dinners, our canoeing adventures, visits to Pompano, Fishing trips, and getting stuck out in the ocean, the many parties - especially the Kentucky Derbies and gold schlagen. We will miss Ted dearly but are so pleased to have been part of your lives together and will always be a part of yours in the future.
With much Love and Admiration,
Rest in peace Ted! You left a mark all Miami High grads would be honored to follow. You will always be remembered for your service to our country and setting the example of a "never give up" attitude for us all to live by. God bless you and your family!
Played football with Ted at Miami High, one year behind him. He was a caring and kind person, he will be missed by us all. Peace to the Bridis family.
I hope that you find comfort in knowing how much Ted was loved. His kindness will always be remembered.
Thank you Ted for your service to our country. I never met you however your life is an inspiration to me.