Daniel Thomas Teek, 79, passed away peacefully on January 29, 2013 with his family at his side. Tom was born on March 9, 1933 in Trail, British Columbia; a small town in western Canada.
Following high school, he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1951 for five years of service in Canada and France. Following this service, he moved to Toronto, Canada and began his career with the Canadian phone company.
Tom married Anne Margaret Lees of Alexandria, Scotland in July, 1958. Their first two sons, David and Brian were born in Canada. The family moved to Florida in 1964 when he began to work for Southern Bell, where he provided 37 years of service until his retirement in 1994. Two more sons were born in Florida, Gary and Michael. Tom and Anne were active in supporting all of their son's activities including scouting, youth sports, and family weekends at the beach.
Tom was an ambitious, intelligent and talented man. He built the family's first color televisions from kits, and had a knack for anything electrical, mechanical or electronic. This ability and his passion for flying led him to earn his pilot's license in 1977 and to take on the challenge of building his own airplane - a customized swept wing Long-EZ. The project started in the family garage and then moved to the Merritt Island Airport, where he and a group of fellow builders became lifelong friends. The project took twelve years, but the plane performed beautifully on its first flight in 1994 and went on to give him decades of pleasure in the air.
Tom and Anne also loved to travel, enjoying many cruise ship voyages to the Caribbean and Europe. He loved music, especially classical and opera.
Tom was preceded in death by his father, Donald; his mother, Mary; and his son, Gary.
Tom is survived by his wife, Anne; sons, David and his wife Patti, Brian and his wife Michele, and Michael; granddaughters, Jenifer, Mackenzie and Veronica; great-grandchildren, Shane and Leiana; his brother, Robert and his wife Theresa; and the rest of his relatives and many friends.
The family will be holding a private remembrance.
Tom always considered himself to be a very lucky man. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
Published in FLORIDA TODAY on Feb. 3, 2013