TPFFA UNION NOTICE: #22-035
Thursday, May 5, 2022
Subject: LODD Ceremony for Active Member, Firefighter Ted Szabunia
Brothers and Sisters
Sadly, we were notified this past Monday, May 2, 2022, of the passing of Active member firefighter Ted Szabunia 215D at the age of 62.
Ted was born on December 25th, 1959 and was hired by the TFD at the age of 37, on August 22, 1997. Records show Ted was stationed at 424 on P424 D platoon until 2014, then transferred to P233D on April 21, 2014, thru to March 8, 2015. Effective on March 9th of that year Ted was assigned to A215 A platoon, then transferred to D platoon on A215 January 25th, 2016.
Brother Szabunia passed from brain cancer, which is a recognized occupational cancer, we will be organizing a LODD ceremony which will be immediately after the Catholic service.
In meeting with the Szabunia family on Monday, Ted and his family had preplanned arrangements in Peterborough. Therefore, honouring brother Szabunia’s wishes, we will be in Peterborough for his LODD ceremony.
Tuesday, May 10th, 2022
3:00pm to 7:00pm
Comstock-Kaye Life Celebration Centre
356 Rubidge St.
Catholic Service and LODD Ceremony:
Wednesday, May 11th, 2022
St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church
513 Ennis Rd.
Reception to follow service in the church Hall.
Additional information can be found Here on the Comstock-Kaye Celebration of Life centre website.
The ceremony will also be Live Streamed, and that link will be made available also Here.
TFS personnel attending the funeral are to wear full dress uniform, (white shirt and gloves), a shrouded badge and cap, and a black mask. We will have a supply of black masks on site.
Form Up and Rolling Salute
We will be forming up and honouring Ted with a rolling salute. Members will be asked to form up 6ft apart and come to attention when the command is given. The rolling salute begins when the colours approach, you will be raising your right hand saluting the Canadian flag as it reaches you. Hold the salute until the caisson passes, and then down immediately at the back of the caisson, bowing your head as the family passes. This is a rolling salute. Your hand should come down after the member beside you and try to coordinate with the member across you. Continue to stand at attention until you’re dismissed.
Chair, Ceremonial and Bereavement Committee
Toronto Professional Fire Fighters’ Association
I.A.F.F. Local 3888