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

  1. I-5 NORTH exit toward LOS ANGELES
  2. Take exit #23A onto MISSION BAY DR toward GARNET AVE/GRAND AVE - go 0.6 mi
  3. Bear left on GRAND AVE - go 1.2 mi
  4. Turn right on LAMONT ST - go 0.7 mi
  5. Continue on SOLEDAD RD - go 0.1 mi
  6. Arrive at 5077 SOLEDAD RD, on the right

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



CLOSE, CONRAD 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
Published in the San Diego Union-Tribune on 5/19/2005.