Ted Fairbairn (Jock to his few remaining military friends) “slipped the surly bonds” on 05 Oct 2012, surrounded by Alice, his wife of 69 years, and his children Ed (Sharon), Judi Darling (Gary) and Don (Kamala). Several of his grandchildren and their families were present to ease his departure and he will be fondly remembered by Larry Darling (Nicki) and Jesse, Dean Darling and Jack, Carolynn Britton (Jason) and Leah and Eilam, Douglas Fairbairn, Gordon McGee, Alexander Fairbairn, David Fairbairn and Kaelyn Fairbairn. He is survived in Scotland by his brother-in-law, Alex Anderson (predeceased by sister Mamie), cousins Ian White, Janice Miller, and their families, and by his schoolboy friend Jamie MacDonald and his wife Chrissy.
Ted was born in Ceres, Fifeshire, Scotland, 7 April 1917. He joined the RAF in 1936 and served in Great Britain and in Canada. Reversing the traditional Canadian war bride story, he met and married Alice Douglas, in Charlottetown, PEI, and they returned to Scotland where they lived until the end of WWII. The family moved to Canada in 1946 and Ted joined the RCAF shortly afterward and enjoyed postings across Canada and in Germany. The frequent moves resulted in an international family with all three children born in a different country. After retiring from the RCAF he worked with the New Zealand High Commission in Ottawa and became an avid golfer and sailor.
Ted’s priorities in life were his family and his country and he served both with love and passion. He died as he lived – with grace and courage.
His life will be celebrated at a private family ceremony. Throughout his several illnesses during the past few months, Ted received wonderful care from the many capable and compassionate people at the Ottawa General Hospital, Oakpark Retirement Residence and the CCAC palliative care team led by Dr. William Splinter. Donations in memory may be made to the Heart and Stoke Foundation or the charity of your choice.