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Ted Rier

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Theodore “Ted” Wilbert was welcomed into the world by proud parents Alvin and Loretta (Mawhinney) Rier on Wednesday, March 25, 1942. Ted was right in the middle of his siblings, when he joined older siblings Dolores, Jack, and Betty, and followed by Sharon, Larry, and Randy. The Rier family lived on a mixed farm on the 12th of Bentinck. Farming was always in Ted’s blood. He was always involved on the farm and had a few accidents. When he was only five years old, he cut his finger off in a hay mower. In another instance, Ted ran over his brother with a tractor (he recovered). When he was about 10, he “borrowed” the family car and drove into Elmwood to visit his grandparents. He might have got away with it other than he knocked over a fence post at their place. At a young age, he was also a very avid baseball player. Ted was one to watch when he was pitching, half of the time you couldn’t see it coming!

Ted attended SS#7 just down the road from the farm and then went on to attend Chesley High School. While in high school at age 15, he met a young girl by the name of Bonnie Yvonne Martin. They hit it off and dated for a few years, and they wed on February 23, 1963, in the Desboro United Church. In the same year, Ted and Bonnie’s life changed when they welcomed their son Ben, followed by Wendy in 1965, and Rick in 1968. Ted made a large swing for the kids in the backyard, however, sometimes they got a little scared because when he would push them, they ended up a little higher than they wanted!

Before Ted and Bonnie were married, Ted was farming with his dad. Once they were married, they bought a cow/calf farm on County Road 10, outside of Elmwood, where they still lived. Ted began working for Elmwood Manufacturing, making only $1/hour! At the time, their grocery bill was $10/week, but they still managed to make it work! In 1965, he began driving transport trucks for Maislin, then with Douglas Point, Smitty’s Furniture and then with Steinman for many years. Ted retired in 2014. Ted dedicated his life to working hard driving trucks and farming to provide for his family. He enjoyed the small moments he shared with them and memories on the farm together.

Ted and Bonnie enjoyed their quality time together, and enjoyed a few trips! In 1990, they drove in their van out East. Ted being ever frugal thought they should set up a mattress in the back of the van and spend a few nights there. When they were in P.E.I., Bonnie wanted to see the house of Anne of Green Gabels. Ted had no interest, so he left Bonnie to see the house herself. When she came out, Ted was nowhere to be found. She finally found him in the back of the van, asleep, and no longer able to drive. Bonnie ended up driving the van, and it is safe to say Bonnie was a little mad at Ted when he woke up! Another time that Ted and Bonnie went on a road trip wasn’t even an intentional one! In 1997, they purchased a new truck. Ted mentioned to Bonnie to pack a few things to go for a drive, and the next thing they knew, they were a little further away than they originally planned! When the kids called Ted to see why they weren’t home from their drive a week later, he explained that their “small drive” took them to Thunder Bay to see family!

Ted enjoyed owning horses over the years and watching the horse races, in person and on TV. He also liked attending stock car races and local dances. Ted and Bonnie spent many Saturday nights with other couples playing euchre, and he always liked challenging someone to a game. Ted liked watching the Toronto Blue Jays, and CP24, always on mute! He loved country music, with the Willie Nelson Roadhouse Radio station and C.K.N.X being favourites. Ted liked reading the flyers, especially Food Basics and Walmart to see where they could get the best deals for the week. He didn’t have it often, but when he got the chance, he loved a well-done steak. Ted liked a good glass of whiskey, cigarettes and cigars in his early years, and in later years, a cup of coffee.

Ted was fair, honest and hardworking. He was a man of few words, and he typically listened more than he talked. However, when he did talk, you listened. Ted loved his family more than anything in the world. He cherished every moment he had with Bonnie, passed many skills on to his children, and had an unwavering love for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. When his grandchildren and great-grandchildren were born, the love he had for family grew so much more. Ted loved sitting back and watching the kids play. He played hide and seek, and picked wild berries in the yard with the grandkids. In recent months, Ted’s health declined. Ted passed away at South Bruce Grey Health Centre, Chesley, on Monday, June 10, 2024, in his 83rd year, surrounded by his family.

Beloved husband of Bonnie (Martin) for 61 years. Loving father of Ben (Sheri) of Tara, Wendy Robson of Chesley, and Rick (Linda) of Hanover. Cherished Papa Ted of Justin (Sarah), Tyson (Kayla), Jennifer (Jason), Jonathan (Becky), Chris (Brittany), Riley (Taylor), Rebecca (Dalton), Amy, Brooke (James) and Rachael, and great-grandfather of 11.  Dear brother of Jack (Maureen) of Kitchener, Betty Brown of Hanover, Sharon Johnston of Durham, and Randy (Lynn) of Hanover. Ted will be missed by the Martin family, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Dolores Bailey, his brother Larry Rier, and his parents Alvin and Loretta (Mawhinney) Rier.

A funeral service will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Elmwood, on Friday, June 14, 2024, at 11 a.m. Private interment will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, Elmwood.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Chesley Hospital Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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July 2, 2024

Bonnie, and family we are sorry to hear about Ted.
Dad sends his condolences for you all.

colleen and howard mcdonald
June 23, 2024

so sad to hear of Teds passing. Howard always enjoyed working with him at Steinmans , and his quick witted sense of humor

Brenda Nicholson and Dave Black
June 15, 2024

Bonnie, Ben, Wendy, Rick and families, our sincere sympathy. May your memories of Ted help you through this time.

Ron and Marie Swigger
June 15, 2024

So sorry to hear of Ted’s passing . Our deepest sympathy , treasure your precious memories

Cheryle Lynn Schuknecht
June 14, 2024

My deepest condolences to Bonnie, Ben, Wendy,Rick and their families and to the extended Rier family.

Jeff and Karen Beitz
June 14, 2024

Our sincere sympathy and condolences to the entire family. Thinking of you during this difficult time

Larry & Betty McLeod
June 14, 2024

Bonnie & family. Our sincere sympathy to you all at this sad time.

Dawn Brenndorfer
June 14, 2024

Sending my sympathy to Bonnie and the family! I have many memories of Ted.

Jack and Ellen Cavill
June 14, 2024

To all of the Rier family, we extend our deepest sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers be with you.

Wilfried & Nancy Boerkamp
June 13, 2024

Sorry to hear of Ted’s passing. May he rest in peace ! Thoughts and prayers for the family. Hold onto all of the great memories

Susan Galbraith
June 13, 2024

My deepest sympathy to Bonnie and all of her family at this time of greatest loss. Ted was always jovial and will be missed by all.

Douglas @Heather Jacklin
June 13, 2024

Please accept my condolences on the passing of Ted. Wish I could be there Fri but am down with bad cold.

Carol jarvis
June 13, 2024

Sympathy to the Rier family. Thoughts and prayers are with you

Sharon Dawm
June 13, 2024

So sorry for the loss of the entire family

Pat Walker
June 13, 2024

My sympathy to the entire Rier Family !!

Dennis and Beth Ann MacDonald
June 13, 2024

We are so sorry to hear of Ted’s passing. Thinking of you ALL❤️

Bob and Doris Lowe
June 12, 2024

Sending our sincere sympathy to Bonnie and family . Keeping you in our thoughts at this sad time

Doug and Chris Fischer
June 12, 2024

Sending our sincere condolences to the Rier family. Thinking of you all at this difficult time.

Glen &Terry Gutscher
June 12, 2024

Sorry for your loss Rick

Barbara Fullerton
June 12, 2024

Sincere sympathy to Bonnie and the Rier family.

Richard Lettau
June 12, 2024

My deepest and most heartfelt sympathies to the family. I’m terribly sorry for you loss.

Vicky & Ed Myers
June 12, 2024

Bonnie, Ben, Wendy and Rick and all your families, we are so sorry to hear of Ted’s passing. I hope you find comfort in your memories

Ronald pollock
June 12, 2024

Bonnie and family our deepest and sincere condolences

Dave and Marg McCready
June 12, 2024

We were very sorry to hear of Ted’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

Paul and Brenda Walker
June 12, 2024

Condolences to the Rier Family. Our thoughts and Prayers are with you.

Paul & Joanne McLaren
June 12, 2024

Our deepest sympathy Bonnie, Ben, Wendy, Rick and families. You are in our thoughts. Had lots of chats with Ted over the years. RIP Ted 🙏

Wayne & Anne Symonds
June 12, 2024

Dear Bonnie & family: we had many good times with yourself and Ted over the years. Martin Reunions and later cousin reunions were always fun. Ted always had a smile on his face and we will remember him that way. Our thoughts are with you and your entire family.

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