Edward Town Taws III, 56, of Edmeston, N.Y., passed away Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019, at Pathfinder Village, in Edmeston, N.Y.
Ted was born Nov. 24, 1962, in Southern Pines, to Edward Town and Ann Poindexter Taws Jr.
Ted’s outsized presence left an impression on all whom were fortunate to know him. He was gifted with an extraordinary personality whose passion for living far exceeded the handicap with which he lived.
Ted was a resident of Pathfinder Village, where he had lived since 1997. Often referred to as the Mayor of Pathfinder, Ted was known for making his rounds of the village — sometimes with the on-call manager — and always checking in with staff to deliver smiles and, for those so lucky, a signature bear hug.
Ted had been a member of the Special Olympics basketball, soccer and bowling teams. Weekends found him in the gym or playing drums as he impatiently awaited the beginning of the work week. Ted was a member of the Pathfinder kitchen staff and frequent Pathfinder Village volunteer. He participated in numerous organizations outside of Pathfinder, including his cherished Edmeston Emergency Squad and Pittsfield Fire Department EMS, for whom he volunteered and participated in parades and special events.
Ted was predeceased by his mother, Ann Poindexter Taws, and is survived by his father, Edward Town Taws Jr.; sister Helen Gwyn Taws; and brother John Hartman Taws and his wife, Kimberly Daniels Taws.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Edward T. and Ann P. Taws Jr. Scholarship, Pathfinder Village Foundation, 3 Chenango Road, Edmeston, NY 13335.