Floyd-Bedbury-Obituary

Floyd Curtis Bedbury

Falcon Heights, Minnesota

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Beloved Husband, Uncle, Friend, Olympian Age 73, of Falcon Hts, died from cancer on March 25, 2011. Preceded in death by parents, Harry and Grace Bedbury; brothers, Alan and Meryl. Survived by devoted wife, Janet Pankonin; daughter, Gayle; brother-in -law, Bruce Pankonin (Nancy Darcy), and many...

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Floyd was such a character. He spent a night shouting directions at me while I was inline racing at the Oval. He didn't know my name. He later apologized. I told him, "Floyd, I know your reputation...I'm glad you were shouting, I was LISTENING to everything you were telling me to do!" I later got to known Floyd, and found him a delightful fellow. He will be missed.

Mark Hugo

I'm sorry to hear of his passing. Floyd was my coach in the Northern Lights Speedskating club in the 70's. I remember him fondly. He was a wonderful storyteller and a gentle and patient coach to a bunch of novice little kids. His passing is our world's loss.

Janet,

Being so far away from school, this is the first that I have heard that floyd has passed. I am so sorry to hear this. He was such an amazing person that had a huge impact on my life. He taught me so many life lessons that I still use and will continue to use. He gave me confidence in myself. He made me feel as though I was a part of the family. If you ever need anything please call me! I love you both very much.

Janet, We were so sad to hear of Floyd's passing. He was always a friendly face to see at the oval. I truly felt welcomed by Floyd and by you of course whenever I was at the oval. I always sought him out because I so enjoyed the stories of his latest adventures. It was a privledge to know him. Cathy and Jim Carrabre and family.

Floyd brought such joy into our lives for so many years. Though it was obvious that we would never be competitive athletes, much less world-class athletes, he still took the time to coach and teach us to skate well enough to enjoy skating. There are many memories and stories that we will always hold dear. Some of my favorites are the time I beat him in ping-pong. He was amazed that I could beat him in anything and wouldn’t let me go until he beat me back. I will also never forget the little...

Janet and Gayle,
I am so sad to learn of Floyd's death. Floyd and I learned to fly gliders at the same time at Stanton. That was 40 years ago, but the imprint Floyd made on me is still fresh. His encouragement and belief in me (at age 15!) helped me believe in my own potential. Floyd was one of the few truly inspiring persons I have known. And Gayle, he was so proud of you!
My heart goes out to you, Gayle and Janet.

That face, that face, that beautiful face that Floyd loved and all of us respected Janet...that is you! He was the man, the myth, the machine...and everyone of us who have had the privelage of knowing this amazing man, has made us even better humans. I loved his energy, his commitement to making a better life for those he was passionate about....that meant "everyone" he came in contact with. He is for sure, a one of a kind!!!

With Love and Respect, Stacey Johnson

My tiny window into Floyd's life the last handful of months seems to have been pretty consistent with the reactions of others who'd known him much longer. His vitality was something to witness; a conversation with Floyd crackled with that. It was a privilege to share his perspective on the sport he devoted himself to, and a pleasure to just kick stuff around with the man. He was full of life, and opinions, and personality. That black-and-white photo on the newspaper sites is perfect. Floyd...