Wednesday, December 9, 2009

We Miss You Ted

Tuesday evening, December 8, at about 5:15pm our friend Ted was killed when he was hit by a car while walking with his dog on Corral Canyon Road.  Ted was one of the first members of CrossFit Malibu, part of the 5pm Mon/Wed/Fri On-Ramp Class  and Group Workout Team.  He was a very close personal friend of the MacRae family where he lived as a next door neighbor for many years.  He went mountain biking with Holden often and spent time at their house a few days a week, where he also just finished building an awesome outdoor deck.  Just last week Ted moved into the dream house he had finished rebuilding- twice- after losing it to fire. The guys around the 'yard' remember his as an avid fisherman- he frequently mentioned the fish he was going to bring back and share with everyone at the gym

I was introduced to Ted a few months back when he joined us at the gym.  He quickly made many friends, jumped into the workouts and worked hard every time he was there.  I remember how psyched he was during one of the heavy lifting days- how excited he was to start pushing really heavy weights around as his technique got better.  Thrusters at 75kg are no joke... and after completing the workout, he was so stoked about his progress that he invited everyone out to dinner to celebrate!  Simply put- a big, strong, really nice guy.  He came in for the next couple WODs and despite the fact that "Michael" does not really cater to Ted's strengths- he jumped right in and pushed himself to the limit.  Ted came in a few days later for Fight Gone Bad- and loved/hated every second of it!  He drew a little "thumbs up" graphic next to it in his journal entry.

We miss you Ted.  I feel fortunate to have gotten to know you.

There will be a workout in Ted's name to honor him as a friend, neighbor, CrossFitter, and family member.  More about that will be posted soon- as will any information about services when it becomes known.


  1. Still can't hardly believe this.

    It was great to get to know Ted and work out with him in the on-ramp class and the WODs. He had a lot of potential to be a great CrossFitter. Big and strong and a willingness to work hard. A genuinely nice guy who seemed always ready to go out of his way to help.

  2. We at Karma CrossFit send our thoughts and prayers to the CrossFit Malibu family. It is hard to lose people, specially too early. But remember that nothing is permanent and it is our innate knowledge of this that makes otherwise mundane moments sublime. Cherish the moments you have all had together, and remember nothing energy is neither created nor destroyed it merely changes forms and Ted's energy may very well get you through your next tough WOD.

  3. I love this picture of Ted and it reminds me of working out with him. I will miss him.

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ted's friends an family.

  4. I lost my best friend and a true mate on Tuesday. We have to keep doing the heavy lifting Ted, but I know that no load is too heavy for you now!

  5. The Loyola High guys would like to express their sympathies to Ted's loved-ones and the Crossfit Malibu Community. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.