In Memory of Ted Close
Our sympathies to Sharon Kobel Close and family.
There will be a gathering of friends and family to remember Ted at Kate Sessions Park, Saturday, June 4, from about 9:30 – 10 a.m. until about noon.
Directions to Kate Sessions Park
To send a card or call Sharon, contact
Vicki Paul for address and/or phone number.
Ted and Sharon at a recent monthly breakfast.
Conrad Theodore Close
THEODORE Aug. 20, 1939 to May 15, 2005 Conrad Theodore "Ted" Close,
65, of San Diego and Idyllwild, died Sunday at Hemet Valley Medical
Center. The cause of death was complications due to diabetes. A native San
Diegan, Ted grew up in old Mission Beach area, attended Mission Beach
Elementary, Pacific Beach
Jr High, Mission Bay High, and Cal Western University. In 1960 he married
Sharon, his high school sweetheart. They had a daughter and settled in
South Clairemont. From an early age Ted loved to work with his hands.
There was virtually nothing he couldn't fix or build. Eventually he owned
and operated European and American Car Center in the Mission Gorge area
and was well known and respected among San Diego's Small Business
Community. You always knew where Ted stood, and he had a soft heart under
a business-like exterior. He was a man of integrity, straightforward and
authentic in his dealings with family, friends, and customers alike. A
lifelong sports enthusiasts, Ted loved surfing, boating, water skiing,
golf, football and target shooting; but his greatest joy, love, and pride
was his family. He retired in 2002, sold his house in Clairemont and, with
his wife of 45 years, moved to Idyllwild, a place they dearly loved.
Survivors include his wife Sharon; daughter Cara Hagen of Hemet; two
granddaughters, Kaleena and Leann Bergfors; a brother Tom Close of Del
Mar; and sister Andrea Close Rowson of San Diego. A private, family
Celebration of Life is planned. Please sign the guest book at