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Theodore James Karwin Obituary


When remembering our friend, Ted, I will always think of two things: his wonderful sense of humor and his unwavering support of another’s ambition or talent. Even as early as high school he acknowledged other’s accomplishments with encouragement and was first to send a genuine complement. Because of this I always looked forward to sharing thoughts and ideas with him as I knew his friendship was a safe harbor to nurture creativity. It’s a lesson in friendship and decency that I’ll take with me for the rest of my life. 


Posted by: Joshua Mecouch - West Linn, OR   Dec 07, 2011

teddy, we know that to everyone else you were Ted, but to us you were Teddy. you were a car guy to the extreme, a great guy & you left us way too early. we will miss you forever. god bless you, stan,martha, jonathan & the bif


Posted by: the cohen's - waverly, PA   Dec 07, 2011

Ted,Nancy, Tom & "Fred the Dog". What wonderful memories you have left with us. Seeing Ted & friends ride by on their bikes past our townhome in the summer in nw portland was always a joy. having Ted ring my cell phone and say, "hey, i just saw you drive by in the speedster...the car looks awsome"! i will truly miss the "car talk" with you Ted. a little bit of you lives on forever in each one of us. we love you all...Dave & Becky


Posted by: david schroeder    Dec 07, 2011

Ted (Teddy) was one of my favorite students. He always contributed to the class discussion and activities. I was impressed by his insights and his genuine interest in the study of literature. He was a student that left a lasting impression and I am deeply saddened. The world is missing a bright light of passion, enthusiasm and zest for life. Meagyn Keys Karmakar


Posted by: Meagyn (Keys) Karmakar - Beaverton, OR   Dec 07, 2011

"Our Teddy is no longer with us." I will never forget those words and I will never forget Teddy. Such a fine human being. So warm, kind, thoughtful, positive, funny, and smart. So handsome and impeccable in his dress and manners! Such a good friend to my daughter, for which I am grateful. I ache for Erica, Robin, Teddy's family, and all of Teddy's many friends. There is a hole in our hearts and lives. Nancy and Tom, I am

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Posted by: Bev Davis Root - Tualatin, OR   Dec 07, 2011

I hope his family stays strong during this time. Ted was loved so dearly.


Posted by: Jane    Dec 07, 2011

My thoughts and prayers are with Teddy's family and friends. It is a tragic loss of a wonderful young man.


Posted by: Debbie Wilkins    Dec 07, 2011

Teddy...what a guy. The only person I know who could make me look and feel unkempt! The only guy I would trust with my car...the only guy I know that when he answered the phone, and you asked him how he was, always, always said "Excellent!" He was and always will be in my mind, a one of a kind. Willing to do anything for you at anytime. I watched Ted grow up with our two boys and am so

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Posted by: David Meyer - West Linn, OR   Dec 07, 2011

May the good lord bless and keep your family. May you take strength and comfort in prayer and in the many friends who mourn and grieve with you.


Posted by: Jeff Hanna - Portland, OR   Dec 07, 2011

My heart goes out to the family over your loss. You will be in my prayers.


Posted by: Meridee Kaiel - Portland, OR   Dec 07, 2011

I knew Ted briefly at Chapman and in the short time I knew him, I had the pleasure of experiencing his kind and genuine energy. I haven't seen him in years, but he's definitely in my thoughts and I wish all of my best to his family.


Posted by: PC - Los Angeles, CA   Dec 07, 2011

There are no words that can express the sorrow I feel over your loss of Teddy. (He will forever be Teddy to me!) Reading the tributes tells me that he will live on through all of the family and friends that he has touched with his infectious spirit. I am with you in thought and prayer and would do anything to help you through this time of sorrow.


Posted by: Debbie Hanna    Dec 07, 2011

Ted was only at Willamette for one year but I still feel touched by knowing him and being his neighbor. I wish I had kept more in touch with him after he left Willamette. I hope he knows just how much he is missed and the mark he left upon this world.


Posted by: Suzanne S.    Dec 07, 2011

Teddy will be so missed. He was my 3rd grandson. He was bright, smart and so much fun. I have great memories. My heart goes out to Nancy and Tom. Love you Florence


Posted by: Florenc R    Dec 07, 2011

Ted was a gem of a young man and Tom and Nancy are 'teriffic' parents!!!!!! If there is something positive to be learned from this tragedy I hope it opens all our eyes to be thankful for what we have, to be kind, understanding and civil to everyone and to simply do the right things at all times. My love and thoughts to Tom and Nancy in what is an unbelieveable time....I am here for both of you anytime and for anything!!! Your Good Friend, Tony


Posted by: Tony Polito - Lake Oswego, OR   Dec 07, 2011

"This parting cannot be for long; for those who love as we do cannot be parted. We shall always be united in thought, and thought is a great magnet"... love letters of abelard & heloise We'll remember you Teddy, we'll remember you... tom and debs


Posted by: Tom and Deborah Rounds    Dec 07, 2011

Tribute To Teddy April 1, 2009 Our family has been blessed by our long time friendship with the Karwin’s and I am honored to be sharing my reflections on how extraordinary Teddy was and how he will always be considered an important and treasured member of our family. It seems like only a few years ago that I held him in my arms visiting him as a newborn at Providence Hospital – he was gorgeous from the very beginning. With

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Posted by: Teri Meyer    Dec 07, 2011

Ted was like a big brother to my son and will be deeply missed. My son first met Ted when he started at U.P. Ted was a true friend; always responsive and willing to listen. I met Ted when my son and I were in Portland last summer. Ted recommended a great quirky place to eat. Over lunch I expereinced many of the qualities that other people have described about Ted; he was charasmatic, fun, intelligent, articulate, generous, kind and

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Posted by: Karen Hunter - Boise, ID   Dec 07, 2011

We all will miss you Ted. It helps to know the God awful pain your parents feel was shared by so many that attended your memorial service. You are in the heart of so many Ted. You are in God's hands now and will find peace in heaven.


Posted by: Donald E. McEwan - Scottsdale, AZ   Dec 07, 2011

It's taken me 1 Yr. to write this. Your not dead. Nobody ever dies. Because you are going to live inside of everyone who knew you, everyone you ever touched. No matter how little. The people who loved you, MOM, DAD, Friends, Family, (ME). They're never going to stop thinking of you, or talking about you. Were never going to forget you- because that never goes away. Your Never going to die because you were loved... You loved! Your going

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Posted by: Janet A. Kasperbauer - Berthoud, CO   Dec 07, 2011

Ted, time just flys by and sometimes it doesn't seem real. I've been wearing your "Always Our Friend" wrist band again for the past 2 weeks and thinking about the wonderful times you had with everyone. I will wear it again when I race around various tracks this summer. You have definately left your wonderful "mark" and will never be forgotten. What a guy! David & Becky


Posted by: David Schroeder - Portland   Dec 07, 2011

You're missed sweet boy, we speak of you often. Memories are brought to mind, joyful times of a boy well loved. Tears are shed, the loss immense. You're missed dear child, you are missed.


Posted by: deborah Fischer - Palm Springs, CA   Dec 07, 2011

Ted, we all miss you greatly. david & becky


Posted by: Dave - portland, OR   Dec 07, 2011

I came across this poem and thought of you Teddy...You're remembered always ? Death is nothing at all, I have only slipped away into the next room. Whatever we were to each other, that we are still. ... Call me by my old familiar name. Speak to me in the easy way which you always used. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me. Pray for me. Let my name be

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Posted by: Deborah Fischer - Palm Springs, CA   Dec 07, 2011

I came across this poem and thought of you Teddy...You're remembered always ♥

Death is nothing at all,
I have only slipped away into the next room.
Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.
... Call me by my old familiar name.
Speak to me in the easy way which you always used.

Laugh as we always laughed
at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me. Pray for me.
Let my name be the household word it always was.
Let it be spoken

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Posted by: Deborah Fischer - Palm Springs, CA - friend   Sep 28, 2011

Ted, we all miss you greatly.
david & becky


Posted by: Dave - portland, OR - friend   Mar 23, 2011

You're missed sweet boy, we speak of you often.
Memories are brought to mind, joyful times of a boy well loved.
Tears are shed, the loss immense.
You're missed dear child, you are missed.


Posted by: deborah Fischer - Palm Springs, CA - friend   Feb 16, 2011

Ted, time just flys by and sometimes it doesn't seem real. I've been wearing your "Always Our Friend" wrist band again for the past 2 weeks and thinking about the wonderful times you had with everyone. I will wear it again when I race around various tracks this summer. You have definately left your wonderful "mark" and will never be forgotten. What a guy!
David & Becky


Posted by: David Schroeder - Portland - friend   Mar 20, 2010

It's taken me 1 Yr. to write this.
Your not dead. Nobody ever dies. Because you are going to live inside of everyone who knew you, everyone you ever touched. No matter how little. The people who loved you, MOM, DAD, Friends, Family, (ME). They're never going to stop thinking of you, or talking about you. Were never going to forget you- because that never goes away. Your Never going to die because you were loved... You loved! Your going to

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Posted by: Janet A. Kasperbauer - Berthoud, CO - AUNT   Mar 20, 2010

We all will miss you Ted. It helps to know the God awful pain your parents feel was shared by so many that attended your memorial service. You are in the heart of so many Ted. You are in God's hands now and will find peace in heaven.


Posted by: Donald E. McEwan - Scottsdale, AZ   Apr 05, 2009

Ted was like a big brother to my son and will be deeply missed. My son first met Ted when he started at U.P. Ted was a true friend; always responsive and willing to listen. I met Ted when my son and I were in Portland last summer. Ted recommended a great quirky place to eat. Over lunch I expereinced many of the qualities that other people have described about Ted; he was charasmatic, fun, intelligent, articulate, generous, kind and

... more

Posted by: Karen Hunter - Boise, ID   Apr 03, 2009

Tribute To Teddy April 1, 2009
Our family has been blessed by our long time friendship with the Karwin’s and I am honored to be sharing my reflections on how extraordinary Teddy was and how he will always be considered an important and treasured member of our family.
It seems like only a few years ago that I held him in my arms visiting him as a newborn at Providence Hospital – he was gorgeous from the very beginning. With Teddy

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Posted by: Teri Meyer    Apr 03, 2009

"This parting cannot be for long; for those who love as we do cannot be parted.
We shall always be united in thought, and thought is a great magnet"...
love letters of abelard & heloise

We'll remember you Teddy, we'll remember you...
tom and debs


Posted by: Tom and Deborah Rounds    Apr 02, 2009

Ted was a gem of a young man and Tom and Nancy are 'teriffic' parents!!!!!! If there is something positive to be learned from this tragedy I hope it opens all our eyes to be thankful for what we have, to be kind, understanding and civil to everyone and to simply do the right things at all times.
My love and thoughts to Tom and Nancy in what is an unbelieveable time....I am here for both of you anytime and for anything!!!

Your Good Friend,

Tony


Posted by: Tony Polito - Lake Oswego, OR   Apr 01, 2009

Teddy will be so missed. He was my 3rd grandson. He was bright, smart and so
much fun. I have great memories. My heart goes out to Nancy and Tom.

Love you Florence


Posted by: Florenc R    Apr 01, 2009

Ted was only at Willamette for one year but I still feel touched by knowing him and being his neighbor. I wish I had kept more in touch with him after he left Willamette. I hope he knows just how much he is missed and the mark he left upon this world.


Posted by: Suzanne S.    Apr 01, 2009

There are no words that can express the sorrow I feel over your loss of Teddy. (He will forever be Teddy to me!) Reading the tributes tells me that he will live on through all of the family and friends that he has touched with his infectious spirit. I am with you in thought and prayer and would do anything to help you through this time of sorrow.


Posted by: Debbie Hanna    Apr 01, 2009

I knew Ted briefly at Chapman and in the short time I knew him, I had the pleasure of experiencing his kind and genuine energy. I haven't seen him in years, but he's definitely in my thoughts and I wish all of my best to his family.


Posted by: PC - Los Angeles, CA   Mar 31, 2009

My heart goes out to the family over your loss. You will be in my prayers.


Posted by: Meridee Kaiel - Portland, OR   Mar 31, 2009

May the good lord bless and keep your family. May you take strength and comfort in prayer and in the many friends who mourn and grieve with you.


Posted by: Jeff Hanna - Portland, OR   Mar 31, 2009

Teddy...what a guy. The only person I know who could make me look and feel unkempt! The only guy I would trust with my car...the only guy I know that when he answered the phone, and you asked him how he was, always, always said "Excellent!" He was and always will be in my mind, a one of a kind. Willing to do anything for you at anytime. I watched Ted grow up with our two boys and am so

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Posted by: David Meyer - West Linn, OR   Mar 31, 2009

My thoughts and prayers are with Teddy's family and friends. It is a tragic loss of a wonderful young man.


Posted by: Debbie Wilkins    Mar 31, 2009

I hope his family stays strong during this time. Ted was loved so dearly.


Posted by: Jane    Mar 31, 2009

"Our Teddy is no longer with us." I will never forget those words and I will never forget Teddy. Such a fine human being. So warm, kind, thoughtful, positive, funny, and smart. So handsome and impeccable in his dress and manners! Such a good friend to my daughter, for which I am grateful.

I ache for Erica, Robin, Teddy's family, and all of Teddy's many friends. There is a hole in our hearts and lives. Nancy and Tom, I am

... more

Posted by: Bev Davis Root - Tualatin, OR   Mar 29, 2009

Ted (Teddy) was one of my favorite students. He always contributed to the class discussion and activities. I was impressed by his insights and his genuine interest in the study of literature. He was a student that left a lasting impression and I am deeply saddened. The world is missing a bright light of passion, enthusiasm and zest for life. Meagyn Keys Karmakar


Posted by: Meagyn (Keys) Karmakar - Beaverton, OR   Mar 28, 2009

Ted,Nancy, Tom & "Fred the Dog". What wonderful memories you have left with us. Seeing Ted & friends ride by on their bikes past our townhome in the summer in nw portland was always a joy. having Ted ring my cell phone and say, "hey, i just saw you drive by in the speedster...the car looks awsome"! i will truly miss the "car talk" with you Ted. a little bit of you lives on forever in each one of us.
we love you all...Dave & Becky


Posted by: david schroeder    Mar 28, 2009

teddy, we know that to everyone else you were Ted, but to us you were Teddy. you were a car guy to the extreme, a great guy & you left us way too early. we will miss you forever.
god bless you, stan,martha,
jonathan & the bif


Posted by: the cohen's - waverly, PA   Mar 27, 2009

When remembering our friend, Ted, I will always think of two things: his wonderful sense of humor and his unwavering support of another’s ambition or talent. Even as early as high school he acknowledged other’s accomplishments with encouragement and was first to send a genuine complement. Because of this I always looked forward to sharing thoughts and ideas with him as I knew his friendship was a safe harbor to nurture creativity. It’s a lesson in friendship and decency that I’ll take with me for the rest of my life. 


Posted by: Joshua Mecouch - West Linn, OR   Mar 27, 2009