Theodore “Ted” Latour, 75
Theodore Adrian Latour (Ted) was born October 10, 1941, in Buffalo, New York and raised in Kinston, NC. He died at home in Penney Retirement Community September 23, 2017. He is survived by his wife, Laurie, daughters Yvonne Golczewski (Mark), Renee Hill (Michael), brothers, Pierre, Paul, Marc, Richard and Roland, grandchildren, Joshua, Sarah, Benjamin, Mitchell and Tyler as well as nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by grandson Brandon.
While an engineering student at Georgia Tech, Ted worked for NASA in the space program in Huntsville, AL. He graduated from Georgia State in Business and became a developer and commercial real estate banker with large construction projects across the country.
Ted’s kidneys failed and he began dialysis in 1988. He became a mentor through the National Kidney Foundation to help other patients. He had two transplants but when they failed, returned to dialysis and spent most of his last 30 years on dialysis, including 18 years of home hemodialysis.
He volunteered on numerous committees with UNOS (United Network for Organ Sharing) that oversees all transplants in the US. He rewrote the Anatomical Gift Act for the State of Florida which was later adopted nationwide and resulted in a doubling of organ recoveries.
Of utmost importance to him was that everyone would come to know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and join him in heaven for all eternity. It is not by works we are saved, but by repentance for our sins, and faith in Jesus Christ.
It was his fondest wish to help with construction of the new nursing home at Penney Retirement Community, but that was not to be.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation in Ted’s name can be made to Penney Retirement Community (501c3) for the new nursing home. Penney Retirement Community, PO Box 555, Penney Farms, FL 32079.
Ted is buried at Russell Haven of Rest Cemetery, 2335 Sandridge Road, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043.
Arrangements are under the care of Russell Haven of Rest Cemetery, Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 2335 Sandridge Road, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043. Family and friends may share their condolences at: www.RHRFH.com 904-284-7720