Theodore Valentine Warzecha Jr.
1943 - 2021
Buckler-Johnston Funeral Home
121 Main St.
Westerly, RI
Theodore Valentine Warzecha of Naples, FL and Westerly, RI passed away peacefully at his home on June 11, 2021 surrounded by his family. Ted was the son of the late Theodore and Helen Warzecha of Portland, CT and the older brother of Marianne, who predeceased him in 2015. Theodore was born on December 31, 1943.
Ted loved and respected his parents and their solid values and hard work. He carried these values forward as guides for himself and examples for his daughters. Ted grew up in Portland, surrounded by a loving family, extended family and many friends. He and his friends stirred up fun, bordering on trouble, in central CT in their teens, and Ted continued to be game for a good time throughout his life.
Upon graduation from the University of Hartford, Ted began his career as a purchasing agent at Pratt and Whitney. He then transitioned into statewide sales and marketing positions at Southern New England Telephone, where he excelled, and gained innumerable friends.
Relaxing was simply not appealing for Ted, who much preferred to work in his yard or on a challenging project. Ted was an avid outdoorsman, and often engaged in activities such as hunting, boating, fishing, golfing, skiing and clamming. He loved to travel, especially to Poland, and he took many cruises throughout the tropics. Ted was always eager to meet new people, and…it was Ted who was likely to be the initiator.
Ted was a student and admirer of American classic cars, especially Chevys from the 50's and 60's. His car collection was a great source of pride for him, and his collection changed and grew throughout the years.
Ted was a devoted father and grandfather, always engaging with his family in ways that enabled him to share his zest for life with them. He was a kind and incredibly generous individual, his smile and sparkling blue eyes were his trademarks.
Ted is survived by his two daughters and their husbands, Kim and Carl Moore of Scituate, MA and Michele and Jonathan Carlisle of Essex, CT, as well as his five grandchildren, Micala and Morgan Moore, and Ana, Peter and Samuel Schavoir. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 29 years, Ellen A. Warzecha. Ted also leaves behind many friends, most of whom have been life-long, and a very special friend, Agnes Entwistle.
Those wishing to offer a contribution in Ted's memory are encouraged to remember The American Heart Association.
Buckler-Johnston Funeral Home, 121 Main St., Westerly, RI will be assisting the family with arrangements.
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A funeral mass will be held at St. Mary Church in Portland, CT on Friday, June 18th at 10AM.

Published by The Westerly Sun from Jun. 12 to Jun. 13, 2021.
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To the Warzecha family, Please accept my deepest and most heartfelt condolences. Met Ted while working as the Director of The Misquamicut Classic Car Cruises over a decade ago. We both had pristine 1963 Impala's SS's . . . mine light blue and his white. We had many great conversations whether about classic cars, oldies music or movies/TV, along with a plethora of memorable times from the by-gone era. Great guy. May the memories guide you and be your strength moving forward. Thoughts and prayers, Kevin Kelliher
Kevin Kelliher
July 13, 2021
I was so sorry to hear of Ted's passing. He was a dear and long friend of my brother, Stanley Traskos.I remember Teddy when he was a young boy setting up shop in our back yard selling everything in sight. My brother had many pleasant memories with Teddy going clam fishing in RI. I am sure all of Teddy's friends will miss him. My thoughts and prayers are with his family Sincerely, Shirley Traskos Sonny's Sister
Shirley Traskos
July 10, 2021
Our heartfelt condolences to all of Ted's family. Our last lunch meeting with the "Polish prince" was a time for reminiscing about bygone adventures. Like many, we will miss the anecdotes about cars, and people and the twinkle in Ted's eyes.
Dick & Cheryl Ferris
June 13, 2021
David & Elizabeth Unikewicz
June 13, 2021
So deeply sorry to hear of the loss of my dear cousin “Teddy”. Ted was an epitome of the hard-working, never sitting down Warzecha family. Always happy with his incredible smile, baby blue eyes, and full head of silver hair. When we had our annual Labor Day parties, Ted was always there. I miss seeing him and the wonderful times our family has had together. As our very large family grows smaller every year, it is heart breaking. Unfortunately I may not be able to attend his memorial service on Friday due to an appointment I can’t change, but I will be there in thoughts and prayers. With much love always, Joan Warzecha Harvey
Joan Warzecha Harvey
June 13, 2021
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