Tony Chester writes a few words about our dear friend Ted Wilsher, known affectionately by his many friends as "Lord Ted". Click on read more for continuation
Ted was a great friend to Gill and I, and we have lots of happy memories of time spent with Ted & Barbara and in later years with Wendy. Ted was a very sociable person and loved to share things with others.
We had lots of Rotary functions at York Cottage, which included "Presidents at home days", where he very generously let others use his lovely house and garden.
Ted spent 37 years as a club member and in his time in Rotary and was President twice, winner of the Fellowship Cup three times and a Paul Harris award winner in 2003. He took on many roles over the years , but was always more prominent when organising social events and fund raising. We had Magic Nights, Games Nights, Dinner Parties and went on lots of visits to interesting places. He also donated a substantial amount of money to the club for our Charity Fund, when it was very difficult for us to raise money during covid.
Ted was the heartbeat of our club for many years and was involved with nearly everything we did and was always on hand to help others.
In addition to all of Ted's work in Rotary, he was also a life member and president of Woodford Green Athletic Club where again Rotary were able to use the facilities there. He was also involved with Oscar's the local group at Henham, where he organised Quiz and Card Nights. He was also a member of several Golf Clubs. He ran a very successful building company, Kind and Co. until his retirement.
Whenever Ted came to Rotary, he always came in with a lovely smile, was always pleased to see everyone and everyone was pleased to see him. He had a presence about him and was definitely a larger than life character in more ways than one.
The Rotary Object of "Service above Self" sums up all that Ted has done in life and he will always be remembered as "one of the nice guys".