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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: 904-284-7720

  • Prudence Baldwin

    Sad to see in this mornings paper that Ted had died. He was such an inspiration to all with his strength and positive attitude. He was also one of the primary reasons I became a kidney donor. A life while too short that was definitely well lived. He now rests in the arms of our Savior. Prudence Baldwin

  • doris cheshire

    Laurie, deepest sympathy to you and your family. I remember Ted’s courage, faithfulness and good humor so well.
    Doris Cheshire

  • Ann Coppedge

    I am so saddened by your news. As I told you in my email Ted was both a friend and mentor to me. When I had questions about the Bible he was especially helpful. His explanations always brought me a greater understanding of Christ.
    We in the transplant world will especially miss him for his dedication to the cause. What a wonderful example he was to all who had the pleasure of knowing him.
    Blessings to you and your family.
    Ann Coppedge

  • Mike

    I met Ted in the early 1990’s when I we both worked at First Union. I remember Ted’s attention to detail and passion to “get it right”. I enjoyed talking with Ted – something about him always made the conversations enjoyable, even if it was largely business. I feel fortunate to have known him. God bless the family as you mourn his passing.