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Theodore 'Ted' James Fontelieu Jr.

Updated 11:40 am, Wednesday, September 14, 2011
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Theodore "Ted" James Fontelieu Jr., 85, of Santa Barbara, Calif., a former resident of Westport, died Sept. 6.

Born in 1925 in New Orleans, he served as an ensign aboard the USS Izard, a Navy destroyer in the Pacific during World War II. He graduated from Tulane University in 1947 and went on to a career in business.

While attending college, he met and later married the late Charlaine Cook Fontelieu in 1946. The family moved to Westport in 1956, settling into the Onion Hill Farm on Roseville Road in 1960.

He was a sailing enthusiast, racing his Thistle "Grey Ghost" on Long Island Sound and organizing regattas. He was among those responsible for the 1966 relocation of Cedar Point Yacht Club to Bluff Point on Saugatuck Shores. He moved to Santa Barbara in 2008 to be in the care of his daughter, Sukey Fontelieu.

In addition to his daughter, he is survived by another daughter, Denise Hamilton and her husband Jim; two sons, Ted Fontelieu III and his wife Michele, and Charles Fontelieu and his wife Kim; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held in Westport at a later date.