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EDWARD STANLEY (TED) BLOWES Former Mayor of Stratford (1978 - 88) Affectionately known as "Mr. Stratford" Edward Stanley "Ted" Blowes passed away May 11, 2013 at London's University Hospital in his 76th year. Born in Oshawa, Ontario on October 18, 1936, Ted was the son of the late Jean (Gibson) and Stan Blowes. Ted is survived by his children Fred (Lisa) of Peterborough, Margaret (Henry) of Brampton and Ted (Rachel) of Tottenham and eight grandchildren, Matt, Lexi, Sam, Ian, Duncan, Keaton, Jack and Mark and his longtime companion Patricia Jones. Survived also by a sister Pat (Dick) Mah of Toronto, brother Bob (Margaret) of Stratford and brother Barry (Jane) of St. Pauls. Ted was a secondary school educator for 34 years, retiring as the Head of the Geography Department at Northwestern Secondary School. Ted also taught in Parkhill, London, Whitby and the Stratford Collegiate. Ted was very active as a volunteer in several different organizations for 49 years. Ted always felt that it was important to give back to one's community. Ted's life was personified by his endless promotion of the City of Stratford, the city he loved. Ted served 6 terms on the Stratford City Council, 2 as an Alderman and the last 4 as Mayor. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Organization of Small Urban Municipalities (OSUM) since 1976 and is Past Chair and Honorary Member of OSUM and its annual Trade Show. Ted also worked with St. John's Ambulance, Community Living, Communities in Bloom, Winter Lights, Winterfest and a former member of AMO. Ted was also a Senator of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. Ted received many awards and accolades over the years including The Paul Harris Fellow through the Stratford Rotary Club, the Queen's Silver and Diamond Jubilee, Man of the Year and Senior Volunteer of the Year for Stratford. Friends and relatives may call at the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford, on Wednesday, May 15th, from 7-9 p.m. and on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at Central United Church, 194 Avondale Avenue, Stratford on Friday, May 17th at 12 noon. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Communities in Bloom, Community Living Stratford and Area, St. John's Ambulance and the Stratford General Hospital. www.wgyoungfuneralhome.com

Published in the Toronto Star on May 13, 2013
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