GRYGU?, Tadeusz (Ted) Peacefully, in his home, Ted Grygu? passed away after a hard-fought battle with cancer over the past year. He will be dearly missed by his wife Gina, children Gregory, Jennifer (Pete), Andrew and Jeffrey along with his grandchildren Connor, Audrey, Blake, Charley, Georgia and Jessica. Anyone who knew Ted personally knew that he was a man who truly lived in his purpose, having a fulfilling career, loving family and an insatiable thirst for life that he passed on to his children.
A large part of who Ted was as a person, was a competitor, and this was manifested in his illustrious boat racing career over 4 decades. He achieved many prominent accolades and racing success, the ability to travel and compete at the highest level all over the world. From 1981 to 1988, Ted earned 6 High Point and 5 Canadian National Championships. In 1991, he was the Mod VP World Champion. He also excelled in marathon racing, becoming the first Canadian winner of classic events like the Parker Seven Hour Enduro, the Lake Havasu Classic and the Bill Muncey Memorial Trophy. From 1986 to 1992, Ted raced successfully on the International Outboard Grand Prix (IOGP) circuit.
He saw a direct correlation between his racing successes and his business Speedmaster Marine’s success. In 1995, at the age of 45, Ted Grygu? began racing Formula 1 tunnel boats and mounted an attack on the premier outboard class. He succeeded, capturing 3 High Point and 3 Canadian National Championships between 1995 and 1999.
All of this culminated into him being inducted into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame in 2007 and CBF Hall of Fame in 2018, a flawless conclusion to his world renowned racing career. Ted was a humble, stoic and remarkable man, who was a great judge of character and extremely generous to those whom he loved. With all his worldly achievements, the one Ted was most proud of was his family.
Gina and Ted had an amazing marriage that prospered for over 34 years. Nothing meant more to him than his wife and family. Without a doubt he will still be “Simply the Quickest” up in Heaven. We ask that in lieu of flowers or gifts, a donation is made to a charity of your choice on Ted’s behalf. His funeral will be available livestreamed beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 5, 2021, for those who wish to attend the funeral mass virtually at: https://www.catholic-cemeteries.ca/obituary/ted-gryguc/