He will be sorely missed

January 28, 2019   ·   0 Comments

It is with great sadness that the Citizen learned this week of the passing of long-time local resident Ted Zarudny.

Having introduced Orangeville to Communities in Bloom a little over five years ago, Mr. Zarudny worked selflessly to improve his community. Owner of the Dufferin Garden Centre, Ted loved flowers, but people were his true passion. Every year, when Communities in Bloom season came around, he would spend two months preparing for the competition, meeting with numerous residents and planning for judging week. 

He chaired the local committee through five hugely successful years, which culminated with a national Communities in Bloom award in 2018. He spent extra time as both a national and international judge, traveling to Ireland, England and the Czech Republic to run the rule over nominated communities.

In an interview published by In The Hills in 2017, Ted noted his ultimate goal in participating in Communities in Bloom was to make a family out of our community. Having witnessed first-hand how much this community pulls together in the lead up to the big competition, we think it’s fair to say Ted has succeeded in that regard. 

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