Theodore Edward Giba passed away on Monday, December 5, 2011 in Torrance. Born in Cleveland, OH, Theodore was 68 when he died. An Aviation High School graduate, Theodore had served in the Marines during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He was a LA County Firefighter and Paramedic for 32 years. Theodore belonged to the Hermosa Beach Lawn Bowling Club. Watching his grandchildren grow up was his passion. Theodore is survived by wife, Barbara Giba of Redondo Beach, CA; son, Brian (Kathy) Giba of Lancaster, CA; daughter Cori (Lance) Cuttell of Bothell, WA; four grandchildren, Rebecca, Nicholas, Emilia and Liliana; stepfather Ken Barton; sister Kathy (Bob) McNees; and brothers Jim (Penny) and Phil (Eileen). He was preceded in death by parents, Phyllis and Theodore Giba. The Service will be held at Rice Chapel on Friday December 9, 2011 at 1:30 pm. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The American Cancer Society.

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  1. Barbara and family, You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. We were saddened to hear the news about Ted. I cannot imagine what you are going through. I do know life is like a book with many chapters some full of adventure, mystery, drama, comedy, and romance which allow one to feel, sadness, joy, pain, sorrow, happiness and love. In time, may you reflect on the memories of special times spent with Ted. I will miss all the emails Ted would send, I still have a few in my inbox and I don’t want to open them just yet. Barbara you have a special place in our hearts because of all the kindness you have shown us over the years and know we are asking God to give you strength and courage to help you through this difficult time. With Sympathy, Randy, Brenda and Emily

  2. I am so saddened to hear of Teds passing. We were good friends in high school. Interestingly enough, I ran into Ted in 1965/66 when I was serving as a young Naval officer. We had him over for dinner…as I recall Ted had been in the USMC just a short while. A really good guy…he will be missed but never forgotten.

  3. We just watched the memorial of Ted’s life…. it was done so beautifully. Thank you for sharing with us. He will be missed by so many… but he seemed to enjoy the time he had too… Especially family time. Our heart goes out to your family at this difficult time. Just know you are all in our prayers and that time will help heal what cuts so deeply today. We will see you real soon. Love you lots!! Jim and Joanne Malara

  4. Dear Cousin Barbara & family, Please accept our deepest sympathy and condolence’s on the passing of Ted. He will always be remembered as so kind and considerate, we always welcomed seeing him at family reunions in Canada. I know it is so difficult; but with time and beautiful memories, you will have strength to move forward and celebrate his life. God Bless you and your family and God Bless him. You are in our thoughts and prayer. love cousin Karen & family

  5. So very sorry to hear of Ted’s passing. Barbara, please let me know if there’s anything I can do to be of help. Much love to you. Pilar

  6. Ted spent most of his lifetime in service of country and community. Ted was devoted to both his family and his profession and will be greatly missed. We were fortunate to have known Ted.

  7. Barb, My deepest sympathy to you and your family. You, Ted and spent some great times together….I’ll miss him a lot! You are in my thoughts and prayers. Rik Foley

  8. I had the pleasure of marrying into Ted and Barb’s wonderful family. I could not have asked for better in-laws. Ted was an amazing father to Cori, and an even better Grandfather to my daughters, and Becca and Nick. He loved them so much, and my girls would get so excited when they knew they were going to see Nana and Papa. I regret that Ted will not be around to see them grow up. Ted, thank you for being such a great father-in-law and friend to me. I will miss you dearly. Barb, we love you now and forever.

  9. We will always remember Ted for the kindness and great perspective he shared on life. We were fortunate to see California through Ted’s eyes and left with such a great impression and example of what a wonderful person he was. You left our family with a day we will always remember when you spent it entirely with us to share what your hometown of Redondo meant to you. We will miss you Ted and think of you often when it comes to the things you were passionate about – especially family.

  10. Ted, I still cannot believe that you are no longer with us at least in physical form. I remember how kind you were to us when we visited back in ’94. You took us on a tour which was befitting of a royal visit. You & cousin Barb were the perfect hosts – so very kind, pleasant & considerate. You & Bryan our son, would spend hours upon your roof talking & gazing at the view. And both of you loved to play video games on your newly acquired large screen TV – something not yet in Canada. For a 14 year old boy this was the highlight of the trip. Memories such as these will always be fondly recalled as will our times together in Canada. We’re sure going to miss you. Barb, all our love and solace. Sid & Elrene Dwernychuk

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