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Ted Jennings

Born: Sat., Mar. 1, 1947
Died: Sun., Jun. 30, 2019

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Charles E. “Ted” Jennings III, 72, of New Holland, passed away June 30, 2019, at his home. Born March 1, 1947, in Youngstown, OH where he grew up, Ted was the son of the late Charles E. “Chic” Jennings Jr. and Mary Gray Jennings.

As a teen, Ted swam competitively for the Tippecanoe Country Club and the YMCA Neptune Club, with his relay team winning the league championship four years in a row. Ted also enjoyed snow skiing, rugby, and golf. He was a real sports enthusiast and loved competition.  Ted was a member of WERA Motorcycle Road Racing where he raced in the 500 Production class; he and his teammates also participated many years in the 24 Hours of Nelson Ledges where they won their class as Team Butterfly.

Ted graduated from Ohio State University in 1970 and was an avid “Buckeye” his entire life. He moved to Lancaster County, PA in 1975, and with the support of his wife, Ted was able to realize his dream of starting his own business, Butterfly Builders, before going to work for Heritage Custom Kitchens, first as the top specialties person and then Regional Manager. He finished his career working for Homestead Custom Cabinetry as their National Sales Manager until he retired in 2016.

Besides his wife, family and friends, his real love was sailing. He was a licensed Captain and sailed on the Chesapeake Bay and in the Caribbean for over 35 years. He continued his life-long passion of woodworking long after he retired.

He will be remembered for many things, especially his sense of humor, generosity, loyalty, friendship, story-telling, inspiration, and kind heart. Ted’s memory will truly be cherished.

Surviving are his wife, Marion Kurylak Jennings, whom he married in 1975 and loved very much; Two sisters, Bonnie (John) Kerr, Scottsdale, AZ, and Peggy (Brian) O’Rourke, Cave Creek, AZ;  9 nieces and nephews, and 13 great nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his beloved dogs, Duffer, Sayja, Boomer, Star, Thora, and Nemo.

Due to Ted's beliefs in responsable pet ownership and his love for Portuguese Water Dogs, memorial contributions may be made to: Angels for Animals, 4750 W. South Range Road, Canfield, OH 44406 or http://angelsforanimals.orgPWDCA Rescue, Inc., 314 Tunnel Ave, Point Richmond, CA 94801 using http://www.pwdcarescue.org/uploads/pdf/pwdca-rescue-inc-donation-form2.pdf

A Celebration of Life will be held at the family home. For details, contact Cremation Society of PA, Inc. 800-720-8221. Please provide your email address when you call.

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Jerry Greiner
   Posted Fri July 12, 2019
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Ted was an important influence in my life. We worked together for five years, maybe more. We designed and built custom displays for corporate clients.
Doing that was something I could not have experienced without Ted's talent and skills. He taught me how to think in a different way. He made me laugh.
A favorite line he spoke was often after I had shown my design to a customer.
He would say, "I like it. Why did you make so difficult to build?"
He and Marian were such an easy-going couple.

Peggy
   Posted Fri July 12, 2019

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Marion, I’m so very sorry for your loss. You have my deepest sympathies.
Peggy

Jack Beale
   Posted Fri July 12, 2019
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Hits me hard to see that my old swim team & ski partner is gone. We seemed to share a ton of interests including motorcycles and sailing. We spent our high school years swimming, skiing and hanging out. After college, we went to separate parts of the country -- Ted in PA, me in CA. Our interests were similar, but in different parts of the country. The last few years Ted and I became closer again. I'll miss Ted.

Mark Litwin
   Posted Fri July 12, 2019
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Going to remember all the great times Capt.Ted.
Sail on my Brother.
Love Mark n Cat

Molly Mackil and Les Zimmermann
   Posted Sun July 14, 2019
Our hearts go out to surround you with love and attention. Ted was truly special, big heart, sharp mind and unique way of looking at the world - wry and insightful. So many fun memories on the boat, at your various houses, NYC, and everywhere in between. Marion, we are here for you.

Rich & Sandy Myers
   Posted Tue July 16, 2019
I will try to express how saddened Rich & I are with the passing of our good friend, Ted. Ted was our “buddy.” That is the term he used since day one. We sailed together, vacationed together, and simply enjoy each other’s company. We lost a good friend.

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