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Theodore Bernard Ellerkamp

Obituary for Theodore Bernard Ellerkamp

January 11, 1941 - April 6, 2021
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | Age 80


Theodore B. Ellerkamp of Philadelphia, PA passed away on April 6, 2021. He was 80 years old.
Ted was born on January 11, 1941 in Philadelphia, PA to the late Theodore Ellerkamp and Dorothea Gussmann. He attended La Salle College and Temple University.
After college, Ted joined the Peace Corp and spent 4 years as a volunteer in the Philippines. While there he researched various productive strains of rice and yams. His experience in the Philippines affected him deeply and feeding the hungry became a lifelong passion for him.
He traveled extensively. He befriended and financially supported farmers in both the Philippines and Guatemala. He was also involved with and supported many immigrants from Central America who had settled in the Philadelphia area. He loved going to the market and getting food to deliver to needy folks in the community.
He taught gifted children in the Philadelphia elementary schools for many years. After his retirement from teaching, he became an avid gardener and was recognized with a bench and plaque for his landscape work to transform a rundown park into the beautiful Cloverly Park near his home in Germantown.
Ted is survived by his sister Trudy Ellerkamp Macdonald, brother Bernie and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
The family welcomes relatives and friends to an informal memorial service at Cloverly Park, corner of Wissahickon Ave. and School House Lane on Saturday, April 10th at 2pm (rain date Sunday 2pm). There will be a graveside service on Monday, April 12th at 11 am at the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 3301 W. Cheltenham Ave., in Philadelphia.
In compliance with state mandates and the safety of all those attending the funeral services, it is mandatory to wear face coverings and maintain social distancing.

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