“For everyone who loved him, Ted died this morning from a haemorrhage during elective surgery. Freak occurrence and a huge surgical team fought for 10 hours to save him. Unfortunately, there was no solution to stop the bleeding, and he faded away without ever knowing. I’m going to miss him so much.” (Claire Taylor Facebook post, Saturday 19th January 2019, 9.46am)
I read this at 9.50am that morning, and my first thought was Ted’s close friend of many years was referring to a pet she’d just lost to a botched operation which she’d named Ted. Not too much of a stretch for those who know Claire. On closer inspection, however, I noticed she’d highlighted ‘Ted’ which led directly to a particular Facebook profile: Ted McKenna.
Within minutes tributes were appearing on his FB page and elsewhere. All said ‘RIP Ted’ and featured stories and photos of themselves with my friend of over 40 years.