July 7th, 1930 - April 11th, 2013
Age 82, of Wynnewood, PA, passed away peacefully in his sleep on April 11, 2013. Tod was raised in the Philadelphia area, and after graduation from Radnor High School he earned a degree at Washington and Jefferson College. In 1952 he married Elizabeth Rudisill of York, PA. He served in the US Army with the European Communications Zone. He and Liza enjoyed living in France and traveling in Europe during that time.
Upon their return to the US, Tod embarked on a 48-year career dedicated to rail transportation, with the Pennsylvania Railroad, Philadelphia-area commuter rail, and Amtrak. In retirement, Tod was active with Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, United Transportation Union, and National Railway Historical Association, among others, and earned many awards in recognition of his service.
When his daughters’ lives took them to West Virginia, Colorado, and Oregon, he and Liza enjoyed frequent visits and exploring new areas. He committed to being the best grandparent he could, and attended every graduation even when health concerns made those trips difficult. After his wife’s death, Tod stayed for extended periods with his daughter’s family in Idleyld Park, embracing new friends and the unique beauty of the Umpqua Valley.
Tod believed fervently in democracy and the responsibility of every citizen to cast an informed vote. He was active with his local Democratic party and always paid close attention to current events. Those who tried to argue politics with him had to know their facts!
Tod was also committed to education and life-long learning. Every new experience became an opportunity to learn, and he liked to share what he learned in magazine articles. He researched and wrote prolifically, primarily about history, travel and environmental conservation.
Another element in Tod’s life-- and what made him a hero to many-- was his 30-plus years of dedication to AA. He committed himself to sobriety, and to helping others with their battles. Never dismissing the man he had been, he embraced the journey to become the gentle man he was in the end.
Theodore leaves his daughters: Susan Rudisill (Chuck Schnautz), Idleyld Park, Oregon; and Michele Beadle (Marc Ryby), Colorado; and son, Timothy Beadle; and brother, Edward Beadle, both of Pennsylvania. His beloved grandchildren are Sky Manon of Bend, OR; and Benjamin and Alexandra Beadle-Ryby, of Washington DC. He was predeceased by his parents and his wife Elizabeth.
His funeral was held at St. Colman’s Roman Catholic Church, Ardmore, PA, on April 15, 2013. Memorial Contributions may be sent to the Democratic Party of Douglas County, PO Box 93, Roseburg, OR 97470. Online guestbook: www.chadwickmckinney.com.