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Ted Rowe, age 67 of Whittier was called off to the heavenly rivers and mountains on Tuesday, May 10th at Harris Hospital.
He was the son of the late Richard and Patricia Rowe. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Tami Shearer; his brother Tim, sister-in-law Kim and his niece Amberly of Columbus, Ohio; brother-in-law Glenn Shearer of Bryan, Ohio and sister-in-law Trudy Peters of Edgerton, Ohio; nieces Amanda McFarland and Melissa Kidder of Columbus, Ohio, Mary Burton of Bryan, Ohio and Lauren Hurtig of Edgerton, Ohio. Also surviving are the many members of the Burned Out Canoe Club and devoted friends that always felt like extended family.
As a whitewater canoer he loved the streams and rivers. Ted was credited with restoring the, once polluted, Licking River in Ohio back to its health. For most of his professional life he was a production manager at a printing press in Newark, Ohio. When he moved to the mountains, he was the office manager for his wife’s veterinary practice where he was instrumental in bringing rehabilitation, hospice, and palliative pet care services to Western North Carolina. In the past 4 years, he owned and managed Cabooses on the Tuckaseegee, two cabooses that he renovated into a vacation rental.
Besides whitewater canoeing, his hobbies and passions included anything to do with the Smoky Mountain Railroad and its trains (especially the steam engine), hunting morel mushrooms and just absorbing the beauty of the mountains. Ted also found joy in being part of the Luftee Rovers, a Great Smoky Mountain National Park volunteer group that helps educate the public on the elk, helps to keep the elk/visitor interaction safe and prevents elk traffic back-ups.
Those that knew Ted could appreciate his integrity. His wife was appreciative of his tolerance to the many animals throughout the years that shared their home that could sometimes overwhelm an average person’s patience. He will be very missed.
Thanks goes out to the community for their many thoughts and prayers during this sad time.
Details on a memorial service will be announced at a later date.
An online registry is available at: www.appalachianfuneralservices.com
Appalachian Funeral Services of Sylva, NC is serving the family.
A candle was lit in memory of Theodore Rowe
gala and gentry parris Jun 8 2022 12:19 PM
Tami, We are so sorry to learn of Ted’s passing. We loved visiting you two at the Cabooses. Ted was a great friend and I will cherish the memories of my band years with him.
Praying that God will give you comfort and peace.
Ann and Martin Irvine Jun 2 2022 10:25 AM
So sorry to learn of Ted's passing. My family knew Ted from his time in the Logan High School band program of which my dad (Al Horsky) was the director during Ted's participation as a percussionist. He was always a joyful sole who will be missed by many. Thoughts & prayers to out to Ted's family.
Debbie Horsky Hamrick May 31 2022 8:19 PM
From the moment my husband and I met Ted well over three years ago now, we knew instantly he was indeed a kind hearted free spirit. Each time after our first trip - which we chose to stay at the caboose after eloping, we visited the caboose at least twice, sometimes three times a year and always looked forward to visiting with Ted on each trip. He truly made you feel welcomed and at ease. I lost my husband on 9/21/2021 and when I returned in Dec. Ted reminded me that he would always be with me and I felt his presence so strongly at our favorite place. We enjoyed talking to him by the river about the area, river, trains, wildlife, life in general. I was devastated to learn of his passing, he will be missed beyond measure. Peace like a river my special friend. So, so many thoughts for Tami and the family. Losing a spouse is such a difficult walk, praying for peace in your coming days.
Melissa Mitchell-Simpson May 25 2022 8:24 PM
you were the VERY BEST. we always looked forward to seeing you, that perpetually present million dollar smile and pleasant greeting when we arrived. may you rest high on that mountain old friend. Dr Tami our hearts are saddened and our spirits a bit broken knowing that you'll be missing your life partner and help mate. our thoughts and prayers are with you and for you. though its sometimes difficult, remember that sunshine ALWAYS follows the rain. we'll look forward to hugging you when we see you again
dennis, jo, Bear and Gracie
Dennis & Jo DEramo May 25 2022 12:34 PM
A candle was lit in memory of Theodore Rowe
Ginny And Vu. I heart is aching for you and all of the fur babies Tammy. I know he will be greatly missed. May 24 2022 2:34 PM
Rest easy Ted. From your Walnut Hills neighbor. Loved roaming the hills together
Howard Galvin May 21 2022 11:27 PM
In deepest sympathy from the Logan High School Class of 1973.
Jean Angle Crawford May 21 2022 8:45 AM
Dear Tim. So sorry that you lost your brother. I enjoyed knowing you boys and Pat and Dick at First Church of Christ in Logan. God be with you. Love. wayne and Sandy (Casto) Grove still in
Sandy Casto Grove May 21 2022 4:30 AM
Tami, although we have never met, I feel like we know you through Ted. We stayed at the Caboose multiple times and loved to hear stories about you and your fur babies. My heart hurts for you and your family. Some of my favorite memories at the caboose were talking to Ted for hours by the water with my family. He was a the kind of person that instantly put you at ease. He will be missed more than words can describe.
Mary Segars May 19 2022 6:24 PM