Family, Friends Remember Ted Bender


POSTED: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 7:00pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 9:30am

Family, friends and former colleagues said their goodbyes to former El Paso City Councilman and longtime KTSM weatherman Ted Bender.

Bender passed away after complications from hip surgery on January 8.

His memorial service was held at Second Baptist Church in south El Paso.

Bender started working for KTSM in 1949 and retired 41 years later in 1990.

He served on city council from 1957 to 1963 in which he voted to end segregation in El Paso.

Former Mayor Bert Williams remembers that vote, in which Bender returned to El Paso from a family vacation.

"He came here for the sole reason of overriding the mayor's veto of an anti-discrimination ordinance and that ordinance was in 1962 which was two years before the national act in 1964 and so we were way ahead of time but he took it upon himself, he cared and I've always been very proud of him because all four aldermen had to override the mayor's veto," said Williams. 

Also, Bender he brought the Cress Collection to the El Paso Museum of Art and worked with the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Ted bender was 87 years old.

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Cathy, thank you for attending the memorial service for Ted Bender. You don't know how much it means to a family to have someone from where he worked so many years to come and pay their respects. Cathy Hernandez represented KTSM beautifully. Thank you so much.

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