Theodorus (Ted) Saat was born in Huissen, Gelderland, Nederlands on Sept. 6, 1930, the youngest of eight children. The ever-present twinkle in his eye spoke of his sense of fun and adventure. One of his greatest adventures was the immigration to Canada in 1966 with his wife Paula and young family.
Ted worked as a shovel operator at Bethlehem Copper and Highland Valley Copper until his retirement in 1990 and continued to work in construction even after that.
He was a master finishing carpenter and skilled craftsman, and with this gift, he built treasured toy chests for each of his grandchildren. His craftsmanship and contribution are noted on a number of commemorative plaques in various buildings in Kamloops. For the rest of his family and friends, he has left us with many treasured memories.
Ted enjoyed sports, he coached a gymnastics club in the Netherlands, loved his football (soccer) and later became an avid Blazers hockey fan although this did not always extend to the referees.
Ted is predeceased by his parents and seven siblings. He will be remembered for a life well lived and will be missed by his wife Paula, children Michael (Agnese), Jozef (Jos) (Karen), Kimberly (Don Thompson), grandchildren Katharyn (Les Stevens), Renata (Drew Bonthoux), Stephen (Justine), Nicole (Travis Backmeyer), Danielle (Robert Sutton) and great-grandchildren Madelynn and Stanley. He also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews throughout Canada, Europe and Australia. Ted will be greatly missed by his very dear friend Dan Roth and by his faithful companion Gizmo. A memorial mass will be held at OLPH church (635 Tranquille Rd. in Kamloops) on Monday, July 23 at 11 a.m. with Father Paul Simms officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimers Society of B.C.