Edward “Ted” John Oke

January 9, 1942 - October 13, 2020

Funeral Details:

Passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 at the RVRHC in Barrie, Ontario surrounded by family.  Ted was born on January 9th, 1942 in Huntsville, Ontario to Clara and Albert Oke.  Ted was the youngest and last surviving sibling of Bob Oke, Roy Oke and Ilene Pedwell.  Growing up, Ted spent many years on Kay’s farm which held a very special place in his heart.  Ted met his first wife, Pat Knight, in high school.  They married and moved to Barrie in 1963.  The couple had two beautiful children, Wendy and David.  He was a loving and devoted father.  Ted became a fire fighter in the city of Barrie in 1967.  He was extremely dedicated and proud of his career as a firefighter and captain.  He retired in 2002 after 35 years of service.  His fellow coworkers were a second family to him as he created lifelong friendships.  Ted found love with Lois Adair, his wife that he would go on to be with for over 31 years.  They shared a love for dancing and travelling, cherishing every moment spent together.  They adopted the missing piece to their family, their beloved dog Okie.  Ted was an excellent cook.  Moreover, he had a passion for many leisure sports and activities like curling, bowling, golf, baseball and skiing.  Ted and his siblings were proud Royal Canadian Legion members.  He was an incredibly skilled pianist, as a young boy saving money for lessons with a paper route.  Ted leaves behind many memories that will never be forgotten.  He is survived by his wife, Lois Adair; his children: Wendy (Darrin DeBrusk) Massarotto and David Oke; his grandchildren: Alexis and Sierra Oke; Mitchell, Dalton, and Tyler Massarotto; his great grandchild; Luna Massarotto; and stepsons: Steven and Terry Debow.  The family would like to thank all of the staff and doctors at RVRHC on the palliative care unit.  They would also like to extend their gratitude to friends and neighbours for their ongoing kindness and support.  In keeping with Ted’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life will be held in the Spring/Summer of 2021.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Diabetes Foundation or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.  Online condolences may be left at www.peacefultransition.ca

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8 Condolences
  • LeRoux Family
    Posted on: Friday, October 16, 2020 Reply

    Our deepest sympathy and condolences to family and friends.

    Posted on: Saturday, October 17, 2020 Reply

    So sorry to hear of Ted’s passing. A great mentor to me as my Captain and executive member of the Barrie Professional Fire Fighters Association for many years. Many good times together.

    John and Susan

  • Barry Williams
    Posted on: Saturday, October 17, 2020 Reply

    I was very fortunate to be a member of Ted’s shift with the Barrie Fire Department. He was a great Captain and we also enjoyed many hour away from the fire hall. Ted was an active sports fan and I can recall good times on the racket ball court, the baseball diamond and the basketball court with Ted. Ted was dedicated to his job and every firefighter who had the privilege of knowing Ted gained great respect for his fire ground knowledge. He was also a dedicated member of the BPFFA and served as Treasurer for many years. Rest in Peace my friend. My memories with you will be treasured for all time.

  • Jack and Cindy McAllister
    Posted on: Saturday, October 17, 2020 Reply

    Cindy and I would like to extent our condolences to Teds family. We had the pleasure of knowing Ted for many years and he will be missed by all of us who knew him. !!

  • Gerry and Anne Martin
    Posted on: Saturday, October 17, 2020 Reply

    Ted was my first captain after my being hired in 1995. I don’t think he was too sure about me back then as I didn’t have any background in the fire service, but I was surrounded by veteran leadership, and Ted was one of them.

    Although we didn’t socialize much outside of Fire department functions, we developed a strong friendship through to my retirement in 2015. It continued at our Friday breakfasts, which I truly miss now that we are living in Huntsville. Being originally from Huntsville, Ted told me about some of his early years spend up here.

    To Lois, and all of Ted’s family, please accept our deepest condolences.

  • Tom and Sylvia Glassford
    Posted on: Saturday, October 17, 2020 Reply

    We were so sorry to hear of Ted’s passing and will miss him terribly. We have so many great memories of him. We send our love and sympathy to Lois, Wendy and David and their families.

  • Murray & Kay Giffen
    Posted on: Saturday, October 17, 2020 Reply

    Many fond memories of working with Ted will not be forgotten.
    Our sincere sympathy goes out to Lois, David & Wendy and families.
    May the Lord grant you strength & peace in the days ahead.

  • Sandy Richmond
    Posted on: Sunday, October 25, 2020 Reply

    Knew Ted as a fellow firefighter. When visiting the hall was always very friendly. I was so glad to see Ted at my brother in law (Don Lee) funeral. Rest In Peace my friend May God send his blessings

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