Ted Poulos

In loving memory –

Ted_PoulosTed, age 70 of Kirkland, passed peacefully on Monday April 14th.  He was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa on November 03, 1943 to Louis and Eleanor Poulos.  Ted proudly served in the U.S. Navy, then met the love of his life, and started his own family in Seattle, Washington.  He was a great husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.  His life will continue to be celebrated by wife Jackie, son Ted Jr., daughter Nicole & Brad Miller, grandsons Cole & Chase, sisters Pam Rasmusen, Kathy Schweiss, Marge Athey, and Elaine, dozens of in-laws & extended family, and countless friends.115

Ted & Jackie owned and operated Ted’s Carpets in Kirkland.  The business thrived for 36 years and was unmatched in customer service, follow-through, respect, and continual support, because of Ted and what he believed in.  He conducted his business and personal matters with no regrets… the right way… his way.  It worked so well, that he continued to fulfill repeat customer’s business, even years after Ted (so-called) “retired”.

Affectionately known as “The Big Guy”, Ted was the true definition of family man.  It seemed that everything he did was with a family member, or for them.  He had an infectious positive energy that spread to everyone around him.  Ted’s terrific sense of humor and storytelling was often the center of every family gathering, or holiday.  He was the guy everyone looked forward to seeing. ted and jackie

Ted’s list of friends extends beyond the decades or geographical location.  He had an effortless ability to connect with everyone he met, and create a natural feeling of belonging.  He was one of those extremely rare guys who could gain people’s, trust, respect, and adoration in an instant.  He was often befriended quickly, but always befriended forever.

Ted lived life to the fullest.  He knew what he liked and surrounded himself with it.  Ted had a passion for cars and took great pride in his classic ’55 Chevy and custom FOOSE Mustang.  He enjoyed visiting with friends and showing his cars at local shows.  He relished the time he spent with Jackie and his family at their home in Arizona.


Ted “G” Poulos, was always asked what the “G” stands for….

“Greek” was always an obvious first response, but there was so much more

“Generous” of his time, his enthusiasm, his experiences, and his wisdom

“Genes” proud of his heritage, cherished his time with immediate family, constantly reaching out to extended family, never missed a wedding, reunion, holiday, or family get together

“Grandpa” inspired by them as much as the boys were of him, his legacy

But quite simply he was the “Greatest” guy to be around.

He was known by many and loved by all.  This world is a better place for him having been here.

Funeral service will be at Saint John Vianney Church on Thursday April 24, 2014 at 11:00.  Reception following.

12600 84th Ave NE
Kirkland, WA

Burial will be at Mt. Tahoma National Cemetery

27 Responses to “Ted Poulos”

  • Malia says:

    I will always remember Ted for his wonderful sense of humor, his infectious smile, his entertaining way of storytelling ~ fabulous stories I might add ~ and just genuinely making me feel good whenever I went to visit he and Jackie at their store. Much love to all of the Poulos Family! ~Malia

  • Evelyn Howland jensen says:

    I was sorry to hear about Ted passing. Rest in peace my friend.. Prayers to the family.

  • Foster Radford says:

    Dear Jackie and family

    What a wonderful man to have been my friend, I was so lucky.
    Doing business with Ted over the many years was truly a joy. For inter-mixed with business was the ever present story of family and activities, story’s of cars and advice about life whether you wanted it or not but all with fond memories.
    Though I live far away now I always have feel and have felt close to Ted. And I will miss him dearly. Men of his quality are hard to fine. My heart goes out to the family for this, bigger than life loss.

    Foster Radford

  • Michele Toulouse says:

    Ted will be remembered with great love and affection by many. He was a true and loyal friend. To be counted among his many friends and family members is a blessing and an incredible honor. To live life his way should be something each of us strives to emulate. What a joy it has been to know him. His stories will be told and retold with heartfelt gratitude for the gift of his presence in our lives.

  • Lance Lambert says:

    Ted was the ultimate “car guy” and he was loved by the car community. He was quick with a tease, quick with support and quick with a chocolate chip cookie. Every red & white 1955 Chev and every chocolate chip cookie will forever make me pause and smile. Right now Ted is standing at the Pearly Gates and asking new arrivals, “Do you want a cookie? Go ahead, take two!” Hugs, prayers and love to Jackie and the rest of Ted’s family.

  • Kathy Belt Butterbaughh says:

    Ted was a fun loving person and great to be around. Prayers for his family. May you feel God’s love in this time of mourning.

  • margy warren says:

    Jackie and family,
    We were saddened to hear of Ted’s passing. He was such a positive figure in the Kirkland community. Loved working with him when he carpet out entire home and always a treat when I was out working in the yard and here comes his van and he would stop and we would catch up.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. He will be dearly missed
    Margy and Bill

  • Zachary Schweiss says:

    Uncle Ted, you were so loved and adored by everyone in your life. You will be missed but always in our hearts.

  • Nancy Martin says:

    Dear Jackie and Family,

    I look back on knowing Ted for the last 32 years. I count you both as dear friends. Ted would always greet people with that great smile. He was a very honest, reliable business man. I knew when I hired him the job would be done right. We will miss having you here but know that you now live with our Heavenly father and we will meet again.

  • Larry Osborn says:

    Very sorry for your lose, went to A.L. with Ted class of 1962. He was a great guy !!!! Prayers for the family. RIP.

  • Jan Lambert says:

    I was so saddened when I heard that Ted had passed; he will be missed by all. He was always so positive, giving, funny, energetic. My thoughts and prayers go out to Jackie, all his family, and his friends. I will remember him with fond thoughts.

  • Ed & Carol Gray says:

    Jackie & Family,
    Knowing Ted for the last 34 years has been a pleasure.
    He was such a great guy, always had a story and had a terrific sense of humor. We loved going to the Sema Show in Las Vegas and having him show us around. Never would have gotten to the Mesa swapmeet without him either. We will miss him. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you. We were lucky to have know Ted.

  • Mike & Kathie Hook says:

    Jackie, We are so sorry to hear about Ted. I will remember his infectious smile and friendly wave coming and going in the neighborhood. Ted always had a fun story to tell. We’re just up the street. Just call if we can help with anything. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and family.

  • Julie says:

    My heart is so sad with the passing of Ted, I will miss you and your Jackie and Ted email stories. I wish we had connected earlier but as long as we did thats all that matters. Jackie, take care of yourself and your family. I know the hole in your heart is huge, grasp those that love you and have them hold you tight. You will all be in my prayers.

  • Fred & Sandra Davis says:

    Jackie & Family,
    May your precious memories of Ted that you hold so dear
    bring peace and comfort to you now and keep him forever near.
    Our Heartfelt Sympathy To You & Your Family,
    Fred & Sandra Davis

  • Lorin Brown says:

    Jackie & Family, So sorry for your loss of Ted. You were the two car people I always looked for at the car shows. You guys always lit up the place wherever you went. Rest In Peace Teddy

  • Jim & Sandy Stack says:

    Can’t believe it, I was just there last week to make a repair. Have known you and Ted for 30 plus years. What an incredible man. Always up beat and a story to tell. He will be missed be all he touched. Jim & Sandy Stack

  • Negrete Family says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We share your sorrow. Our family will always have fond memories of Ted. Psalms 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, A help that is readily found in times of distress”.

  • Chris Landon says:

    Dear Jackie –
    I have two more “Gs” … Gregarious Gentleman. Your Ted leaves a legacy that includes an imprint on somebody as distant from you as you rneighbor’s out of state nephew. I was so saddened for you and your family when I heard the news about Ted. He defined for me the notion of “self-made” and was a role model for how to be a great neighbor and friend. I know that you will be have hundreds of funny and endearing Ted moments to tell about as you move on…I just wish for you that this moment hadn’t come so soon. God bless and best wishes.
    Chris, Jenny, Kaeli and Grace Landon

  • Pete and Sharon Radebaugh says:

    A wave, a smile, a story, a great sense of humor and a zest for life!! So many ways to describe and remember Ted.
    Jackie – we so loved living across the street from you and Ted for so many years. You and Ted were such caring and thoughtful neighbors and we were blessed to have you there. Although we have not connected often in the last few years, you and Ted have always held a ‘soft spot’ in our hearts, and will continue to do so . Please know that we will continue to keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.
    Our hearts are heavy for you and your family. Know that we care and are sending our love.
    Pete and Sharon

  • Robin Leone says:

    Dear Nicole & Brad, Cole, Chase:
    Such a beautiful and heart wrenching tribute to your wonderful Dad & Grandfather. Devastating loss is felt, and tears flow, yet a life so celebrated. He knew he was cherished and loved and that blessing is upon him and you forever. So many sending their love and embracing this ache with you all. We can take great comfort to know that Heaven is a real place and that Eternity is set by God into the hearts of all mankind (Ecc.3:11). A wonder and a truth. Ted knew to live with passion and by treasuring the moments together – a shared legacy with his precious Jackie, carried on through your family and the many lives he touched forever. Much love and care with prayers for you all to receive our Lord’s guarding love of His “peace that surpasses understanding” (Ph.4:7) as you go through this chasm in time. Our hearts are with you.

  • MaryJoy Lopez says:

    Dear Jackie,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. Ted loved you so much. I remember him as so vibrant and the life of every party. Most of all the way he looked at you – so full of love.
    Your cousin – MaryJoy

  • Greg Tykal says:

    I was going to start by saying I’m “going” to miss you but I “already” do knowing I’ll never see that friendly smile and wave or the occasional drop in.
    Gonna miss you Buddy!

  • Tom Gleason says:


    I’m so sorry to hear of Ted’s passing. He is a wonderful man who brightened so many peoples lives. He will missed.
    God bless him and your family.

    Tom Gleason

  • Val and Roger Jeglum says:

    Dear Jackie,
    We are so very saddened to hear of Ted’s passing. You have our deepest sympathy. There is much being said of Ted’s ability to instantly be a friend and how much he loved you. We felt that friendship with both of you and were delighted to see and talk to you whenever out paths crossed. We have enjoyed and “we gonna’ miss” his emails. Take care Jackie. We are sure Ted will be watching over you until you meet again.

  • Nicky says:

    Love to my Dad today – thankful for an amazing man who filled our lives with wonderful memories.

  • Teddy says:

    Just going through old memories today
    Watching Barrett Jackson thinkin about “The Big guy”
    Just can’t believe it’s been 2 years


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