Ted Waters


Tallahassee, FL

Edward (Ted) Burton Waters died peacefully at home on Wednesday, September 5, 2012, surrounded by his family. Ted was born on September 12, 1944 to Helene Zimmerman Waters. He graduated from Coral Gables High School in 1962. He played basketball for the Citadel and then went on to earn a civil engineering degree from Georgia Tech. He attended graduate school at Louisiana State University. He spent years working for Humble Oil before moving to Tallahassee in 1970. He served as General Manager of Big Bend Transit, Inc. for over 30 years.

He spent many years mentoring and coaching his children and grandchildren. One of the happiest moments as a grandfather was coaching many of his granddaughters on the Sharks. Through his effort and involvement in the community he touched the lives of many. Whether it be his family, friends or employees, he always put others first. His family and friends will always cherish the memories of "Coach Ted"/"Papa."

He is survived by his mother, Helene Z. Waters, of Tallahassee; his wife, Mary Duncan Waters of Tallahassee; and his five children, Keely Waters (Dino) Kaklamanos and their children, Duncan, Delaney and Cailin all of Tallahassee; Blythe Waters Newsome and her children, Loughlin, Aidan, Daly, Moira, Elspeth and Finn, all of Tallahassee; Gifford Waters (Julie) of Gainesville, Florida; Tyson Waters (Jennifer) and their children Genevieve and Holden of Palm City, Florida; and Brodie Waters (Cindy) and their children Cami, Kellen and Kyle of St. Johns, Florida. He is also survived by his brother Steve Waters (Michelle) and their children Blaise and Beckett all of Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina.

Tallahassee Democrat 9/7/12

* During the weekend of October 27-30, 2011, Ted attended a Mini-Reunion at Indian Rocks Beach with some of his best friends from high school: Clyde Taylor, Bobbie Sonan, Donna Criswell, Larry Blume, Fred Vaughn, Steve Clifford, Howard Dale, and many others. This is a video showing Ted at his irrepressible best, enjoying a good time with old friends. Other photos of Ted are posted on the Indian Rocks Beach Mini-Reunion page, below the "Extras" tab on this site.

We miss you, Ted.