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GODWIN, Edward W. (Ted) OC

August 13, 1933 – January 4, 2013

Ted Godwin, beloved husband of Phyllis passed away on Friday, January 4, 2013 at the age of 79 years.

Professor Emeritus Ted Godwin graduated from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and Art in 1955. He worked as an art director for T.V. and as a neon sign designer until 1964 at which time he began teaching at the University of Regina until his retirement in 1985. He studied with Barnett Newman, John Ferren, Jules Olitski and Lawrence Alloway at the Emma Lake Artists Workshop from 1959 to 1965. Ted achieved national recognition as a member of the Regina Five, which included Ronald Bloore, Kenneth Lochhead, Douglas Morton and Arthur McKay, following their 1961 exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada. Godwin has been exhibiting since 1955 and his works are included in many major corporate and private collections, as well as the National Gallery of Canada, the Ontario Museum of Art, the Glenbow Museum and the CBC. In 1974 he was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy and, in 2005, was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. Godwin was also an honored recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals. Ted, who grew up playing on the shores of the Bow River, was a lifelong supporter of Ducks Unlimited and is a friend of Bill’s. He had 27 years in the program.

Besides his loving wife of 57 years, Phyllis, Ted is survived by his daughters Teddi Driediger and Tammi (Gerald) Shanahan and granddaughters Jessie and Larissa, his sister Dr. Ruth Godwin of Victoria, B.C., and his nieces and nephews Brenda, Brett, Grant, Sandra and Kevin. He was predeceased by his parents, and his brother Bruce.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Friday, January 11, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Lung Association (COPD research), P.O. Box 4500, Station South, Edmonton, AB T6E 6K2 Telephone: 1 (888) 566 – 5864.

In living memory of Ted Godwin, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243

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  1. Sharron (Sparky) Toews :

    My heart goes out to you Phyllis. I will miss Ted’s wit and charm as well as his absolute honesty and strongly voiced opinions. His appreciation of music, art and beauty as well as his support will be missed by many. Ted made the world a prettier place. I feel honoured to have been one of his friends. I will be working out of town next friday, and will sadly not make it for the service, but my thoughts will be with you and your family.

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    Dear Phyllis, Teddi and Tammy,
    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of our beloved Ted. While I knew him only during his and my years at the University of Regina, he made a huge impact on my attitude to art and life. His vigor and love of art making revealed to me the true devotion of a human being in the task of art making and painting. His strong and powerful stance and position in the practice of art making was a model for his students and artists. His devotion
    to art making layered with intensity and wealth of detail will not be soon forgotten. I should point out that I thought of him just recently when on a short trip to Victoria b. C. I happened upon an art gallery and lo and behold there was a tartan that I remember from the Regina days. I saw an old friend for the last time! Phyllis, while you have lost ted, he will exist forever in the art minds of all of us.
    Roger Lee
    Professor Emeritus
    University of Regina

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  3. Dear Phyllis, Teddi, Tammi and families,
    Although not unexpected, there will be a large void with Ted’s passing among many folks. The lunches he enjoyed, the jam sessions on most Thursday nights, the caring and sharing sessions he enjoyed so much. I had a note from Denise Hutton and she thought that Ted and Stewart would raise hell up there. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. As he said “He’s had a great journey for the past 79 years.”
    Jack and Shirley Horn

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  4. Connie Hardie :

    Dear Phyllis, Teddy, Tammy and Family.
    You are all in my heart and I send much love at this time of Ted’s passing;
    The author is unknown of this piece.
    The Circle of Life
    Fear not that which is now,
    Fear not that which is to come.
    Life, Death, and Being are as one,
    It is a circle. There is no beginning and no end.
    For that which is the beginning is the end of the other.
    And that which is the end is the beginning of the other.
    Surely the lessons of life are the wisdom of death.
    Those that live in the knowledge of what the circle truly is have peace beyond measure.
    Love, Connie Hardie

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  5. Phyllis, Teddi and Tammy:
    I had the joy of working with Ted on the occasions of his retrospective exhibitions at The Nickle Arts Museum. I will always remember his humour, comraderie and the openness with which he shared his knowledge and experiences. One of my colleagues from The Nickle just told me, “The term, ‘Larger Than Life’ was invented for Ted.”
    It was an honour to have known you. I still dine out on the jokes you told me.
    Don Sucha Technician, The Nickle Arts Museum (retired)

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  6. Patti Zazulak :

    My deepest condolences to Phyllis and family,
    I’m so very sad to hear of Ted’s passing. I was very honoured to be a student of Ted’s in the 70’s at the University of Regina. He was a force of nature and had a passion for art that he instilled in all his students. He had a wicked sense of humour and you couldn’t help but laugh at some of his brutally honest and outrageous comments. Out of the blue over the years he would call to check if a former student was “making art” and no judgement if they weren’t. He was the best teacher I ever had.
    Patti Zazulak

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  7. nadene morton :

    On behalf of all the Morton children, thank you Ted (we called you the Windgod and I know you liked it!) for all your love, support, kindness, stories, and most important, the love you gave to mom and dad. Forever in our hearts xx

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  8. Dear Phyllis and family,
    I am deeply saddened at Ted’s passing and only hoped that I could have shared with him how much he affected my life and career as a teacher of art. My students too were subject to his many “quotations” with one being “life is short!”! His light still burns in my heart and with so many others. May the spirit of the river and the universe bless and keep you all and know that he resides within each of us still.

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  9. faye robinson :

    In the late 60’s to early 70’s my twin sister and I attended U of R, majoring in art! His energy, spirit, and love of art and nature was pervasive at the “Old Campus”; his openness spoke largely of his sensitivity, creativity, and compassion. Later, it was such a inspiration to run into him in Calgary – still living and loving fully. Heartfelt sympathy to his family. Celebrate! He would want you to!
    Faye Robinson

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  10. sally reesman :

    Our condolences to Phyliss, Teddi, Tammi, Ruth, Jessie, Larissa and Families
    As Ted often said, “I have found common ground serving God and man.” He did, with his large passion and love of life and God’s creation, his honesty, zany escapades, wicked sense of humour, transforming garages to studios, the lower Bow to luscious vibrant textures of paint. He had an unveneered sophistication to the core, heartwood, the wood of the wind, Ted Godwin. He will be missed and remembered.

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  11. Timothy Wilson Hoey :

    My thoughts are with all of Ted’s family and friends. He was a larger than life character and I feel honoured to have met and known him.

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  12. Dennis Tetzloff :

    Aam so sorry for your loss. Ive known Ted for the last 23 years. He helped a lot of people. He will be missed

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  13. Mine and Kris’s condolences to Phylis and your daughters. Ted was a giant on the Canadian art scene and offered great encouragement to young artists such as the Subway Group from Winnipeg. I will always cherish the works that we have and the many conversations. It is a sad day but his contributions will continue on.

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  14. Antoinette Herivel :

    Dear Phyliss and family,
    I was very sorry to hear of Ted’s passing and I wish to express my condolences to you. I learned so much from Ted as one of his students in the ’80’s. He could be scary in class; made us laugh and sometimes made us mad but always encouraged and inspired us to work — and work– and love it! He has had a great influence on my life as a painter. He will be remembered.

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  15. Heidi & Colette :

    Dear Phyllis and Family,
    We wanted to offer our deepest condolences at your loss. Ted was, as they say, a larger than life individual. He touched many lives and we are glad to have had a chance to know him for a small part of this time. The Service was lovely and we can’t remember ever being to a funeral where people clapped and laughed. Ted would for sure be happy about this. He will be missed. Thank you too for being such a tough and caring person.
    with much love, heidi & colette

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  16. Dear Mrs. Godwin,
    I met Ted in the early 70’s when we moved from Regina to Calgary. I had worked at the Regina Public Library Art Gallery and met Doug Morton as well. Ted had just finished The Belanger Suite and was in the gallery in Calgary. We enjoyed his easy going love of life and his candor about his work. I was taken in by the Suite and had to have it, but with little financial means I was only able to keep two pieces. I have ‘The Rainbow Run’ and the ‘Title page ptg’. God bless Ted and you.

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  17. Hey Phyllis and Teddi and Tammi, I sent condolences to Ted’s website but don’t know if you received them…from all of us McKay’s, our thoughts of comfort, he is casting his lure into larger rivers now…Valori

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  18. Deepest, heartfelt condolences for this very sad loss. I hadn’t met Ted but we both show with the wonderful Bau-Xi Galleries. I very much admire his work.
    Light and love, Sheri

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  19. Phyllis I extend my deepest felt thoughts to Ted psssing. As you know, Ted was an acedemic father to me. He would call whenever he was in Vancouver. And most recently, in about 2010 to udate me about other students, which was nice of him. He thought of me as a former student and friend, even thought I was not in the faculty of arts. I enjoyed our connection and his character which was rare will be missed.
    Gary Josin

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