RIP: Michael Tedrick

San Francisco layman served as missionary in Jerusalem, Liberia, Brazil

Posted Jan 18, 2013

michaeltedrick[Grace Cathedral] Michael Tedrick, a longtime and well-loved cathedral congregant, died the afternoon of Wednesday, January 9, 2013. Michael served as missionary to Jerusalem, to Liberia, and most recently to our companion diocese in Curitiba, Brazil.

Michael Tedrick was born November 17, 1943, in Ohio. A San Francisco resident since 1979, Mr. Tedrick was a partner in the interior design firm Tedrick & Bennett Incorporated. A graduate of Ohio University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts, he did post graduate work in Venice, Italy, on the adaptive use of a deconstructed church and monastery to serve as a cultural center. Tedrick was a lieutenant in the United States Navy Reserve. He was an American Red Cross volunteer and spent one month in Southern Mississippi following Hurricane Katrina. He also volunteered at Zen Hospice Guest House and later at Laguna Honda Hospital. Tedrick made pilgrimages to the Holy Land and Nicaragua with groups from Grace Cathedral, and in 2006 was sent to Jerusalem by the Department of World Missions of The Episcopal Church as a missionary to Jerusalem, working as a teaching assistant at St. George’s Anglican College. He traveled extensively throughout the Middle East. Subsequently, Michael served the Church in Liberia and in Brazil.

The Funeral Requiem will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, January 23, at Grace Cathedral, with a reception to follow.

Memorial gifts can be made to the Grace Cathedral Endowment Fund (1100 California Street; San Francisco, CA 94108) or to Episcopal Charities (1055 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94108).


Comments (4)

  1. Anne Johnson says:

    I love you, Uncle Michael.

    Christ’s Peace & Much Love,

  2. Earle King says:

    Michael was instrumental in organizing the Youth Course in 2006 at St. George’s College. It was especially tricky when the Course had to be postponed (at the last minute) because of the conflict between Israel and Lebanon. Youth from my parish had an absolutely spectacular experience in the Holy Land, in large measure due to Michael’s assistance and presence. He was a wonderful man, and I mourn his death.

    May his soul and the souls of all the departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.

    Earle King
    St. Martin’s, Grand Island, NY

  3. Marcel Cesar says:

    I had the honor of getting to know Michael Tedrick when he came as a missionary to Brazil. That was my first or second year as an Episcopalian and he helped me to shape much of what I expected from my relation with the church. In a short time he became close to my family and we were glad to have him with us. I found in Michael not only a friend I could always rely on but a “spiritual mentor” as well.

    His laugh will always be among my most cherish memories. He had such a simple approach to life but still a very sophisticated sense of humor, this combination allowed him to extract and share many great lessons from everything around him.
    I was with Michael when he started his diagnosis. Although he was afraid of the outcome, he was so strong and wise through this entire situation. Even in his last moments he was a beautiful and amazing blessing from God in our lives.

    I´ll miss his words, his gravitational presence and most of all his laugh… but I´m not sad because I´m sure we will meet him again.

    Rest in Peace meu amigo, abraços.

  4. Esther Tedrick says:

    I wish I could have met Michael Tedrick because we were cousins! His dad was my dad’s brother. I have been doing family research and discovered he was me cousin. Is there anymore Tedricks in California that I might be related to?

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