In Memory

Ted Hicks


Edwin (Ted) Hicks

1955 - 2017

       Ted passed away October 25, after a long illness. His life was shortened, but he had a life full of experiences, and adventures, and love. Ted was born and raised in Palo Alto, CA  when it was a small city surrounded by countryside - a wonderful place for Ted to go bike riding and exploring. He enjoyed cycling and backpacking, and later, road trips with his many friends. Ted was still in touch with some of those childhood friends.

      Always a leader, a dreamer and an idealist, Ted started up a youth-run art, craft, and leather work store (Creations Workshop) while still a teen. There he displayed his great photographic talents as well as his leather work.   He was self-taught in all the many arts and disciplines he would endeavor to master. From playing the piano, to photography and rock climbing - he became skilled at so many things that we are astounded when recounting them all.

       After the high school years, Ted attended and graduated from Menlo Business College, graduating Magna Cum Laude. There he studied economic systems in depth, and discovered his love of spirited debate!   After working as a skilled machinist and union organizer post college, he took off on a long journey through the west and Mexico with his college girlfriend. They had a wonderful time exploring the old mining towns of the mountains, and living on the beaches of Mexico.

      After working as an entrepreneur in the coin and metals business he traveled to Russia and Ukraine. There he found his true calling in life, as well as his true love. Ted started and directed a nationwide alcohol dependency program, modeled on the 12 step program, in Ukraine. He established a program and protocol for treating one of the leading causes of death for men in that country. He oversaw the training of physicians in a program that brought American treatment methods to the aid of Ukrainians.

     One of the physicians he met became his loving wife. They married in Ukraine, and when the program was up and running - after years of on-site work - Ted, Natalya, and her daughter Viktoria all moved back to the U.S. and embarked on an epic RV tour of the country. Ted loved sharing the wonderful and beautiful places of this country with his family. They eventually settled in Eugene, and then Ashland so that Nata and Vika could both pursue U.S. college educations.

      Ted leaves behind his wife Natalya Hicks; his daughter Viktoria; mother Anne Frederick Hicks of Sacramento; father Philip Hicks and his wife Mary Lou of La Quinta, CA; sister Kirsten Bartlett (Tom); brothers Jim (Nadine), and Brad (JoAnn); step-brother Lance; as well as nieces and nephews, and friends he adored. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, and his niece Zoe Bartlett, whom Ted was looking forward to seeing again, to once again be greeted by her loving hugs and enthusiastic calling of his name.

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10/30/17 11:01 PM #1    

Ginger D'Aiuto (Kelly)

RIP Ted. You were an inspiration to us all!


10/31/17 08:45 PM #2    

Gregory Sancier

Even though I only knew Ted from our days in school he always had a passion for life and an amazing sense of humor that touched everyone.   God Bless you Ted.

11/01/17 09:15 AM #3    

Chris Reynolds

Wow...Ted...I have such great memories of fun and mischief with Ted in the Crescent Park neighborhood, and all over California. Cruising up I-5 to Trinity Alps in his orange Beetle, with the living room sized speakers in the back compartment, music blasting, windows open. La Honda Road and over to Pescadero in his sweet little 190SL convertible. Long nights in the pool house behind his dad's house in Menlo Park. Ted lived with us on Island Drive for a bit when his parents were divorcing. My dad teased him by calling him "Roger the Lodger"...but he always held a fond place in all of our hearts. Go in peace, my friend.

11/01/17 04:16 PM #4    

Bill Strubbe

From about 6th grade to 11th grade, Ted was one of my closet friends and we spent a lot of time in each others homes, riding to La Honda and the beach on bikes, dropping a watermelon off the top off the first tall building on University Ave, driving around in his family's Model-T car, swimming in his pool (and Chris Reynold's pool), making woven and leather belts, coming on vacation to La Jolla with my family, smoking pot and then going downtown to eat ice cream at Swensens..., Ted was clever, mischevous, and funny....He also has some troubling family issues that later caused him serious troubles, but he eventually confronted and overcame them and went on to do the amazing thing of creating from nothing the first Alcohlics Annyonmous type meetings and rehabiitation center in the former USSR. He gave hope and a new life to countless former Soviets who were mired in their drinking problems. It was there that he met his future wife, and created for her and her daughter in the USA. Though he and I widely diverged on our political opinions, for many years we keep in touch by phone once or twice a year. He illness was long and protracted, but he managed to keep a sense of humor and positive outlook, and was an inspiration to many. Ted, I will miss you....

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