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Whiskey Ted, 64


Whiskey Ted lost his battle with cancer on June 6 2012. “Teddy Lee” Letcher known to many as Whiskey Ted was born to Theodore and Clair Letcher on June 4, 1948 in Tillamook, Ore.

Ted, a proud veteran of the Vietnam Era, served in the Navy ’65-’69, returned from service to Portland, Ore. Ted was “looking for a place to be me”. After saving for years Ted headed north and eventually found “that place” in Petersburg’s harbor. Whiskey Ted was a fisherman experiencing it all; he was a hand troller and member of many Petersburg crews crabbing, shrimping, salmon fishing, long lining and baiting gear on the docks.

Like a decades ol’ pair of Xtra Tuffs, Whiskey Ted was worn in all the places one comes to expect and when, as it happens, age and health prevented him from commercial fishing, he remained a fixture in our lives walking the Petersburg docks, coffee in hand, looking for one last skate of gear to bait. He was a friend to all and took the time to stop and visit with everyone, from lil’ kids who he so loved to old timers.

Ted was preceded in death by his mother Clair and brother Mark.

The eldest of six children; Ted is survived by his father Theodore, brothers and sisters: Ellen Radigue, Annette “Annie” Davis, David Letcher and Sarah Letcher and many nieces and nephews.

At Ted’s request his ashes will be spread on the Fairweather grounds, his favorite fishing spot and he is currently looking for his last “chance” aboard a fishing vessel headed that way.

His family asks that in lieu of flowers; donations may be made to: Petersburg Medical Center or VFW Petersburg.

A “Celebration of Life” and potluck in Ted’s honor will be at The Harbor Bar June 17 from 4-6 pm.


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