Official Obituary of

Theodore John Suess III

November 16, 2023

Theodore Suess III Obituary

Theodore John Suess III of Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania passed away on November 16, 2023, at the age of 82. He was born on January 22, 1941 in Neenah, Wisconsin to Theodore John Suess Jr. and Saverna Suess, and was the older brother to Thomas and Barbara. He attended Verona High School in New Jersey and graduated from Dartmouth College in 1963 and Tuck School of Business in 1964.

In 1966, a mutual friend introduced Ted and Anne. He quickly knew she was “the one” and proposed after just two months of dating. Anne remained the love of his life throughout their 56 year marriage. He was a devoted husband and incredible partner, both in life and on the dance floor. To watch Ted and Anne glide across a ballroom was to witness pure joy. Ted’s career in finance spanned an impressive fifty years: as Assistant Treasurer at Rohm & Haas Company in Philadelphia and later as Managing Director at Ashford Capital Management in Wilmington, Delaware. While he was proud of his career, he was most proud of his family: children Ted and wife Michelle, Kristin and husband Hunter, Jill and husband Kevin and his eight beloved grandchildren: TJ, Andrew, Michael, Suzanne, Matthew, Alex, Eric and Ian.

His children cherish childhood memories of Indian Guides and Princesses, boat rides in the Adirondacks, and an epic 1984 summer RV vacation throughout the US southwest. They each hold dearly the letters he wrote to them on milestone birthdays, graduations or just because, each ending with his perfectly scripted leftie signature. His entire family loved time spent together at Nan & Grandpa’s house, the Chesapeake Bay, Deep Creek Lake, MD and a 50th wedding anniversary cruise to Bermuda.

Ted was an avid reader, intelligent, creative and resourceful. He helped his kids with science fair projects and calculus homework, created stunning oil paintings, and fixed just about anything with duct tape, a caulk gun, or scrap wood. Although he wore a suit and tie throughout his career, he was most comfortable in jeans and a t-shirt: Dartmouth, Eagles, Phillies, his many travels, and of course, the colleges of his kids and grandchildren.

So in honor of Ted, please wear your favorite t-shirt, gather your favorite people, set out his go-to snack of Cracker Barrel cheese and Triscuits and raise your glass to a remarkable man of few words and immense love.

Visitation will be held on Friday, December 1, 2023 at 10:30am at St. Dorothy’s Catholic Church: 4910 Township Line Road, Drexel Hill, PA followed by Catholic mass at noon. In lieu of flowers, donations would be graciously received by the National Kidney Foundation:

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December 1, 2023

10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
St. Dorothy Roman Catholic Church
4910 Township Line Road
Drexel Hill, PA 19026

Funeral Mass
December 1, 2023

12:00 PM
St. Dorothy Roman Catholic Church
4910 Township Line Road
Drexel Hill, PA 19026

Private Interment at a Later Date


National Kidney Foundation


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