In Memory

Ted Sisco

Theodore Alexander Sisco passed away December 8, 2015 in Bakersfield.

He was born August 9, 1947 in Tucson, Arizona and has lived in Bakersfield for 30 years where he owned and operated a paralegal service for the past 20 years.

Theodore is survived by his wife of 40 years, Karen Sisco of Bakersfield; son, Ted Sisco of Bakersfield; three daughters, Terri, Bonnie and Charity; and brother, Bill Sisco. He was preceded in death by his parents, Virginia Sisco and Marshal Theodore Sisco.

A Celebration of Life is scheduled today at 2:00 p.m. at the family residence.

Published in Bakersfield Californian on Dec. 19, 2015

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03/31/16 05:45 PM #1    

Pat Carrillo

Ted was a big guy with a big heart and a great sense of humor.I remember him from geometry class in summer school at THS.We would always joke around which is why we probably ended up in summer school.RIP.

04/01/16 04:49 AM #2    

Jeff Younggren

I could not agree more. Ted was one of my best friends during high school. He was a big guy with a big heart. I am saddened by his passing.

04/05/16 06:30 PM #3    

Jay Adkins

Mom was an old fashioned lady.  She said to always speak kindly of the dead.  So, I will start out by saying Ted Sisco was big, muscular, and a tenor in the choir at Tucson High.  But, having been a teacher for 25 years and dealing with young people who sometimes struggled with their place in their society I have to say some more. 

I knew Ted since Elementary school when we were both in the touring group of the Tucson Boys Choir together.  He was bigger in size than most boys his age even then.  And he used that size difference to dominate those who were smaller or junior in the choir.  He was a bully.  He and Denis Carmichael used to terrorize the uninitiated Boys Choir members even after it was discovered that they had caused a massive hematoma in the leg of Doug Deitrich (an “uninitiated” member).  The Director (Edwardo Caso) gave each of them 5 swats with a wooden paddle each in front of the entire choir at an all member meeting in their “honor.”  They continued to terrorize the rest of us though they stayed clear of Deitrich for the rest of the trip. 

Bullying students did not start with the awareness of recent years.  It was always an element of school life.  I had grown and developed by high school but Ted continued some harassment and badgering (not referring to our school mascot).  Until the day I had had enough and got him in a head lock in the old choir room in the gym.  Try as he might he could break my hold ….until he “gave” (as in to give in).  The bullying for me stopped as I recall after that, but Ted and I were never friends. 

04/06/16 11:12 AM #4    

Harv Nevins

It is interesting to see Jay's comment on Ted about the problems he had.  I think we all had similar problems like that in school.  Resolving it the way Jay did taught him a valuable lesson on how to deal in life with these situations.  I had my bully problems too, and learned to deal with them the same way.  Also passed it on to my kids how to handle a problem like that so they would deal with it up front, and not after a long time of taking the abuse.  Jay, some things are never forgotten, especially in High School.

 Ted was not any problem to me.  I didn't know him well.  It is funny, without going to the yearbook, I can see him in my memory.  I hope he had a good life, and a quick passing.  

04/06/16 11:51 AM #5    

Kathleen Keenan

Jay, I think you have a great deal of courage, even now, to be honest and put it out for all to read.

even after all these years being honest and standing behind it  is hard to do.  I really appreciate it.  Thanks

Kathleen Keenan

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