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J. Ted Bonsant

J. Ted Lawrence Bonsant

Thursday, July 1st, 1943 - Sunday, November 29th, 2020
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WINDSOR, MAINE
J. Ted Lawrence Bonsant - age 77, of Weeks Mills Road, was called home to be with the Lord on November 29, 2020 at MaineGeneral Hospital in Augusta, Maine as a result of Covid-19 infection.
He was born in Augusta, Maine on July 1, 1943. He was raised by his aunt Yvette & Harold Manwaring. Ted attended St. Augustine School and Cony High School in Augusta.
He served honorably in the U.S. Army from 1962 to 1965.
Prior to his retirement, he was employed for 34 years by Cives Steel. He previously worked at Edwards Manufacturing Co., Hallowell Shoe Co, Lipman Poultry and dug blood worms.
After his retirement, he was director of parking for Windsor Fair Association, he worked with his wife Brenda as cook and helped with Lady Bug Daycare. He always put family first, supporting his children and grandchildren in all sports and activities. The kids loved him and would all call him "Beepa". He loved to tell jokes and always laughed at his own. He was a selfless man and always was looking to make another person's day brighter. Ted was a great staple in the community, he was enjoyed by everyone.
Ted was a member of North Windsor Baptist Church where he had been a Deacon for many years and currently he was a Trustee of the church. He helped out at the Windsor Food Bank by picking food and making deliveries. Ted was manager of the Windsor Farm League, and Little League for 15 years. He loved spending his time golfing with his friends: Dick Hutchinson, Hank Peaslee, Joe Greenwood and Brian Casey, hunting with the boys, bowling, and trivia.
He was predeceased by a brother, Earl Gaslin,
Surviving is his wife of 58 years, Brenda L. (Mason) Bonsant of Windsor, ME; three sons: Thomas Bonsant of Bonners Ferry, ID and his wife Cindy Bonsant, Tracy Bonsant of Windsor, and his wife Wendy Bonsant, and Timothy Bonsant of Augusta and his wife Dorothy Bonsant; one daughter, Tina Bonsant of Windsor and her husband Jake Buck; 10 grandchildren: Joshua Bonsant, Courtney Bonsant, Emily Bonsant, Alex Silva, Ally Bonsant, Noah Bonsant, Catherine Silva, Matthew Bonsant, Jacob Fifield and Julia Buck; He deeply loved two special brothers that he always held dear to his heart: Harold Gaslin of Bucksport and his wife Lynette, and Peter Morin of Florida and wife Lisa Morin; four sisters: June Dunn of Manchester, Millie Tondreau of Lancaster, CA, Rita Daigle of Hampton, NH and Lisa Willis of Vassalboro, Janice Lewis of Florida, and Leeanne Plourde of Vermont; one brother, Rocky Gaslin of Augusta.
We would like to thank the healthcare staff at MaineGeneral’s Critical Care Unit, for taking such great care of Ted.
There are no public visiting hours planned. A Memorial Service will be held in the summer of 2021.
Burial with military honors will be in Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Augusta, ME.
Memorial donations are requested to either: Whitefield Lions Club, P.O. Box 52, Coopers Mills, ME, 04341 or Windsor Food Bank, P.O. Box 147, Windsor, ME, 04363.
Arrangements are under the care of Plummer Funeral Home, 983 Ridge Road, Rte. 32, Windsor, ME.
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Carolyn Doherty

Posted at 06:33pm
I was so sorry to hear of Ted's passing. I send my sincere condolences to Brenda and the family.
Every time I saw Ted he asked when I was going to take him for a ride in my caddie....an old tank of a beater I had 30 years ago. Always made me smile.
Ted will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
LH

Lisa Hatch-Hutchinson

Posted at 05:18pm
Dear Brenda and Family ,
so very sorry to hear about Teddy's passing. I have many good memories from the past. LOTS OF LAUGHTER, really enjoyed his sense of HUMOR.. You Guys Are In My Thoughts And Prayers, LIsa Hatch -Hutchinson
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Dave and Cheryl

Posted at 08:33am
We are so sorry for your loss. Our fondest memories of Ted are from many years ago when our son Steve played basketball with Tim. Many times after a game the parents would gather at a restaurant. There were lots of stories and laughter thanks to Ted's special sense of humor. At times we would just visit and sit at their kitchen table. What a delight to be with them. Ted will always keep our hearts chuckling. He was a kind caring man and will be remember for the smiles he brought to everyone.

Extending our sincerest condolences.
Dave and Cheryl Parkman

Jason Cunningham

Posted at 05:02pm
Dear Brenda, Tom, Tracy, Tim, and Tina: I was shocked to hear the news. I'm so sorry for your loss. Being in California the last 13 years, I've been mostly out of touch with you all, but Ted and Brenda were a significant part of my life growing up, and I'm very grateful for that. Ted and Brenda each had the chore of teaching me in Sunday School and/or VBS, and they were a constant presence—and positive influence—in my 30 years at North Windsor Baptist Church. They helped make me who I am as a Christian man.

I also worked for Ted one year at the Windsor Fair, parking cars, and really enjoyed having him for a boss—he even let me drive the golf cart a couple times. One day we were tooling around the fairgrounds in the golf cart, Ted driving, and he inadvertently let out a minor cuss word, and he immediately apologized to me—which in my opinion showed, in a small but important way, his high character.

I also remember working with Ted when we were all building the NWBC parsonage, which was 20 years ago or more, and at one point he referenced a joke he used to have with Neal Peaslee, another longtime member of the NWBC family who'd died many years before that, and Ted pointed to the sky, said, "You hear that, Neal?" and started laughing. I wish I could remember the joke. But Ted was a fun guy, and funny, loved to have a good laugh with anyone and everyone. He and Jonathan Adams used to have a running joke based on the old baseball movie Major League, and I would often hear them go through this joke as we were all filing out after Sunday-morning service; Ted would say, "How far you going?" and Jonathan would say, "About 90 feet." And then they'd laugh. Every time. Never got old. Ted never got tired of a good joke. And after I got married, and Lin and I came to Maine for our honeymoon, we had a "second wedding" at the church, and a supper, and then Ted and Brenda put on a skit in our honor—they played these two characters Ma and Pa (based on Map and Pa Kettle, maybe?) and I remember Ted having the guts to do the whole skit in a set of red long johns, like a giant red onesie, and it was hilarious. Wicked funny. Lin and I have always really appreciated that.

Well, I guess I'm rambling a bit, but Ted's death has brought back a lot of memories, all good ones, and I hope that me sharing them brings you all some amount of comfort, a few smiles, however small, because I don't think Ted would want you all to be too sad for too long. And now I'm crying, but that's the way these things go, I guess. Brenda, I really wish I could give you a hug right now. I'm praying for you all; this is a big loss to your family, to the NWBC, to the Windsor community, and the world just got a little worse, but he's now pain-free and in the place we all want to be, and we'll see him again. Until then, Ted—thank you for everything.

Love, Jason, Lin, & Alex Cunningham
TD

Todd Dunn

Posted at 12:15pm
What can I say, the man got me my job where I have been for the last 32 years and I will forever be grateful. He was a presence in the Erskine Academy gym from the time I played in the eighties to beyond when my son and daughter played into 2018. The area of the gym where Ted, George Studley, and Sheldon Bumps sat should probably be renamed the "Three Amigos Bleachers". He called me Kamala and I called him Teddy, He will be missed. My condolences to Brenda, Tom, Tracy, Tim, Tina and the rest of the family.
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