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Born: May 28, 1966

Date of Passing: May 27, 2020

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May 28, 1966 - May 27, 2020

(Marino) Ted suddenly and unexpectedly passed away in his home, with his wife by his side on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, in East St. Paul, the day before his 54th birthday.
Ted will be best remembered as a family man who dearly and deeply loved and protected his children and wife. He carried and shared great pride for his family.
As a child, Ted's family moved back and forth from Winnipeg to rural Manitoba. He spent much time working on farms. As he grew into an adult, this love was expressed in watching farm shows and maintaining his own property. Ted loved sports his entire life and competitively played and coached rugby. Intensity does not quite capture his competitive nature. He was a great motivator for his girls and wife in their athletic pursuits as he passed his love of competing on to them. He became heavily involved in the hockey world where he saw his girls excel. Ted used this intensity in all areas of life, yard/farm work, cycling, in his career and even on family trips - always a plan and goal to achieve. A Christian man, he valued people and they felt it. His infectious smile would be followed with quick wit and laughter wherever he went.
He leaves to mourn his passing, wife Shannon of 21 years; daughters, Madisyn (16), Morgan (14); his mom Linda; three siblings, Angie (Roger), Dean, Shannon (Dan); mother-in-law Ricki Ploegman; sister-in-law Angie (Suresh); brothers-in-law, Kevin (Christy) and Nolan (Rachel), and numerous nieces and nephews, extended family and many friends. He was predeceased by his father Ted Smith in 2015, and his father-in-law Peter Ploegman in 2019.
The Friends Funeral Service website,, will communicate service details (Live Stream Tuesday, June 9, 1:00 p.m.) and reception plans to follow respecting pandemic protocols.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Trust Fund and/or Gofundme set up for Ted's children. Details also found at

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 06, 2020

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • Richie and I always enjoyed our conversations with Ted at the rinks. Your family is always such a joy to be around! Shannon, MJ and Morgan, please accept my deepest condolences. You are in our thoughts and prayers. - Posted by: Kate Plett (friend) on: Jun 09, 2020

  • I first got to meet Ted and his wonderful family a few years back as we were beginning the conversation of having their youngest daughter, Morgan, join our hockey program. I remember talking to Ted in the hallways at St. Norbert Arena about Mo. I said I can’t wait for her to come play for our team, not just because of the obvious skill sets she brings on the ice but because of who she is and how she carries herself as a person. Ted looked at me in that moment and said of everything that his girls do, that is what he’s most proud of. Him and Shannon have raised two incredibly strong and kind, caring young women. I am forever thinking of you all and send my condolences. - Posted by: Sarah (Hockey Coach) on: Jun 08, 2020

  • Our family left Manitoba in 1977 so I didn't get to see Marino grow up into the big man that he was but I recall Marino frequently coming out to our farm with his Dad on a Saturday morning to join us in doing chores and general work around the farm. I remember him as a cheerful little guy with those gorgeous big beautiful eyes. There was no doubt he was going to be able to make the ladies swoon with them in a few years. I didn't see him again till I came for Uncle Ted's funeral in 2015 and had a brief chance to re-connect. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. - Posted by: Rick Burfoot (Cousin) on: Jun 08, 2020

  • I meet Ted when our girls (MJ and Erin) played spring hockey together. Great man. Always kept an eye out for him at the rink and he always had a warm smile and strong hand shake when our paths crossed. Words can’t express my sorrow at your loss. - Posted by: Rick (“Hockey Dad”) on: Jun 07, 2020

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