Theodore Albert Waterman III, 25, died on
Sunday, March 11, while surfing in the
Pacific Ocean near San Diego. An avid surfer
and fisherman, Ted was widely loved and
admired among Galveston islanders.
A 2000 graduate of Ball High School, Ted
held a Bachelor of Science degree in
Education from University of Houston Clear
Lake. Most recently, he taught a special
education class of multiply handicapped
children at Kohfeldt Elementary School in
Texas City. His talents and initiative were
rewarded with a Texas City Independent
School District Foundation for the Future
Grant in 2006.
A member of the Council for Exceptional
Children, Ted was a mentor and advocate for
those students with the most profound
challenges. Principal, co-workers, parents
and students will miss his steady
determination and dedication.
Ted was the beloved son of Theodore Albert
Waterman Jr. and Karen Waterman of
Galveston. He is survived by his parents;
his brother John Emery Waterman, 21, of
Austin and Galveston; grandparents Theodore
Albert and Mary Waterman of Galveston; and
grandmother Bettye Carpenter of Galveston.
His loving friend and partner of five years,
Claire Randall of Galveston, was Ted�s
�kindred spirit� with whom he shared
memorable travels, and his love for art,
home and family.
Cousins, aunts and legions of friends have
been blessed by Ted�s presence in their
Ted was an adventurer of body and spirit who
adored physical challenges, approached life
with seriousness, and was most at home in
the waters surrounding Galveston Island. His
strength and spirit, kindness and compassion
will continue to guide all who knew him.
A memorial service will be held Thursday,
March 15 (Correct) at 4:30 p.m. at Malloy & Son
Funeral Home, 3028 Broadway, Galveston. In
lieu of flowers, the family asks that
donations be made to the Texas City ISD
Foundation for the Future Grant. Donors may
specify that grant funds be used for special
education projects. Mail to P.O. Box 1150,
Texas City, TX, 77592-1150. Donations may
also be made to the Galveston Bay
Foundation. The GBF works to preserve,
protect and enhance the waters of Galveston
Bay through education, conservation and
research. Mail to Galveston Bay Foundation,
17324A Highway 3, Webster, TX 77598-4133.