Theodore Burton Tornquist

Aug 26, 1931 - Feb 11, 2017

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Indianapolis - Theodore B. Tornquist, 85, beloved husband of Cynthia Bush Tornquist, passed away on February 11, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Ted was born on August 26, 1931 in Caribou, Maine to the late Harold T. Tornquist and Vella F. Merritt Tornquist. Ted is survived by his wife of 62 years, Cynthia Bush Tornquist, his son Kurt and his wife, Julie, 5 grandchildren, Eric and his wife Sharayah and their children Arthur and Gulliver, Emily and her son Baby boy Tornquist, Sara Doescher and her husband Ryan, Travis, and Chloe, all of the Indianapolis area. His brother Peter Tornquist and wife, Jan, of Santa Barbara, California also survive him. Ted was predeceased by his infant older brother Harold Theodore Tornquist Jr. and his very special Aunt Marjorie Merritt Olsen. After graduating from Caribou HS in 1949 and from the Aroostook School of Commerce in 1951 Ted joined the Air Force. While serving our country in Georgia he met Cynthia and they married on September 12, 1954 in Macon, Georgia. Though Ted served only 4 years in the Air Force his service stayed with him for years as he was one of a very few who was duty bound to keep the location of our countrys nuclear arsenal a secret. When asked what he did in the Air Force he would grin and say if he told you he would have to kill you. Using the GI Bill Ted earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Bryant College in Providence, Rhode Island in 1957 and worked for Pricewaterhouse & Company in Rhode Island as an auditor for one year. He and Cynthia then moved to Teds hometown of Caribou, Maine to start their family and begin Teds 31 year banking career. Starting as a teller at Aroostook Trust Company, Ted became a Director in 1965 and then President and CEO in 1970. The bank was very successful under his leadership and in 1986 it was acquired by Maine National Bank. Ted served as Director and Senior Vice President of Maine National Bank until his retirement in 1989. In addition to his banking career, Ted enjoyed a 25 year affiliation with Maine Mutual Insurance Company (now known as MMG) headquartered in Presque Isle, Maine. He served on various committees from 1981 and became board President in 1990, where he served until he reached the Boards mandatory retirement age in 2005. A couple of years before retiring from the MMG board Ted was asked to step in as interim President and CEO and he dusted off his suit and tie to spend the summer working to keep the company steady until that position could be filled. During his career he also held many leadership positions in his community. He was Chairman of Cary Medical Center and served on the finance committee. He served as member of the Jefferson Cary Estate after succeeding his father, who had served on that committee for many years. Other involvements were Trustee of the Caribou Hospital District, Director of the Maine Bankers Association, President of the Aroostook County Bankers Association, Governors Committee to Recodify Maine Banking Laws in 1974 and 1975, Director of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce and Caribou Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the North Star District of the Boy Scouts of America, Board member of the Foundation of the University of Maine Presque Isle, Advisory Committee of Northern Maine Technical College, President Caribou Rotary Club, President of Caribou Country Club, President of St. John Valley Senior Golf Association, Chairman of Caribou Budget Committee, President of Caribou Development Corporation, Score Program of Small Business Administration, President of Northeast District YMCA, President of Hotel Caribou, Treasurer of the Maine Swedish Colony, Inc., and member of the National Committee for Employer Support of National Guard and Reserve. Ted was an avid golfer, tallying 2 holes in one and he shot his age many times beginning in his 70s. He also enjoyed fishing and snowmobiling. During winters spent in Arcadia, Florida from 1990 to 2007, he was President of the Arcadia Mens Golf League. During the next 9 years, he and Cynthia lived year round in Hartwell, Georgia, where he was a member of the Hartwell Golf Club and enjoyed faithful attendance at Faith Lutheran Church. In April 2016, Ted and Cynthia moved to Indianapolis, Indiana to live near their son Kurt and all of his family. Calling hours will be held from 5:00-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, with the funeral Service at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 16, 2017, both at Singleton Community Mortuary and Memorial Center at 7602 Madison Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana 46227. Burial will take place at 2:00 p.m. in the Marion National Cemetery following the funeral Service. Memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Jefferson Cary Foundation in memory of Ted Tornquist, PO Box 89, Caribou, ME 04736 or Holliday Park in Indianapolis, at Friends of Holliday Park, 6363 Spring Mill Road, Indianapolis, IN 46260 or online at https://www.hollidaypark.org/donate/ Online condolences may be extended to the family by visiting www.singletonmortuary.com.
Published on  February 15, 2017
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