October 5, 1930 ~ December 24, 2011
MONTEREY - Ted Yudacufski, "Mr. Yu," 81, and a Monterey resident for over fifty years, passed away on Saturday, December 24, 2011 after suffering a heart attack while visiting his family for the holidays in Pasadena, CA.
Ted was born on October 5, 1930, in Frackville, PA, to Isadore and Estelle Yudacufski. He graduated from Penn State University and served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1963. His service took him to Germany and eventually to Fort Ord and the Defense Language Institute in Monterey. He was an avid fan of culture and languages, and during his travels and army service, he learned Russian, German, French, Portuguese and Korean.
While in Monterey, Ted met the love of his life, Ruby, whom he married in 1961. Together, they followed Ted's other passion: games, and opened the Monterey Chess Center in 1966. The center was a beloved Monterey institution for almost forty years. Ted was also an expert at chess and darts, and he taught both to students of every age up until his death. Through his work at the Chess Center, in schools and at local hang-outs, Ted touched thousands of people in Monterey and beyond.
Ted is survived by his daughters, Naomi Estolas and Daria Yudacufski; their spouses, Elpidio Estolas and Mark Sogomian; and three grandchildren, Brendyn Estolas (15), Ruby Estolas (8) and Sophie Sogomian (2).
Though his death was sudden and unexpected, he spent his last day doing what he loved most. He was surrounded by his family for Christmas Eve dinner and his final moments were spent playing chess with his grandson.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 5, 2012 at 11:00 a.m., preceded by a visitation at 10:00 a.m., at Mission Mortuary, 450 Camino El Estero, Monterey, CA 93940.
Published in Monterey Herald from Jan. 1 to Jan. 3, 2012.