November 23, 2016
E.J. (TED) FOLLOWS November 30, 1926 - October 21, 2016 Edward James (Ted) Follows made his final exit stage right, camera left on October 21, 2016 after 70 years as a leading Actor, Director and Producer in stage, television and radio. Ted was born in Ottawa to Isabella and Edward Follows on November 30, 1926. He started acting in 1945 with Vancouver's Everyman Theatre. He was a founding member of Muskoka's Straw Hat Players and later the Neptune Theatre in Halifax for which he was awarded the Queen's Jubilee Medal in 1976. Ted had fond memories of his years at Theatre New Brunswick and the Stratford Shakespearean Festival.
His many accomplishments in television include the CBC drama "Wojeck" and the title role in the series "McQueen". In 2000 Ted was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the City of Kitchener- Waterloo for his contribution to the arts. In 2016 Canadian Actors' Equity recognized Ted with the Life Membership Award. His talent, mentorship and passion are an inspiration to all. Ted is the father of four children by his first wife Dawn Greenhalgh: Edwina (Matthew Ives), Laurence (Peter Ferrie), Samantha (Sean O'Bryan) and Megan.
In 1988 Ted married the love of his life, Susan Trethewey, musician and educator, and they resided in Kitchener. Susan and children will all greatly miss Ted as will his grandchildren: Lyla, Aaron, Russell, Samuel, Mikayla and Rowan. He was deeply loved by his mother-in-law Thelma Trethewey and in-laws Paul, Jim (Nancy), Mary (David Moody) and Catherine (Rob Klea), his brother Jack (Catherine) and his many nieces and nephews. Ted was predeceased by his parents and father-in-law George Trethewey. Friends are invited to share their memories of Ted with his family during memorial visitation at the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., Waterloo, Monday, October 24, 2016 from 7-9 p.m. Visitation will also continue on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 from 5-7 p.m. at Knox Presbyterian Church, 50 Erb St. W., Waterloo. A memorial Service will follow at 7 p.m. Reception to follow. Condolences for the family and donations to PAL (Performers Arts Lodge Toronto) may be arranged through the funeral home at www.erbgood.com or 519-745-8445.
FOLLOWS, Ted (Edward James Follows)
Born: 11/30/1926, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Died: 10/21/2016, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada,
Ted Follows’ western – actor:
Hudson Bay (TV) - 1959