Theodore “Ted” Warholak

Mount Desert

Ted passed away of complications related to open heart surgery on Feb. 11, 2021.

He was the youngest of 15 children, born on Aug. 19, 1935, to Michael and Mary Warholak in Scranton, Pa. He played varsity football at West Scranton High School, which helped him earn a full scholarship to Syracuse University, where he graduated with a BS in microbiology. Ted was proud to play football with Jim Brown and his teammates at Syracuse, who advanced together to the Cotton Bowl in 1957.

Ted was first employed at Merck research labs, where he worked in quality assurance, then served in the U.S. Army for four years before returning to Merck. He also worked at Abbott Laboratories, Boehringer Ingelheim and West Haven VA Hospital in Connecticut before retiring to Mount Desert with his wife, Suzi. Ted was an active volunteer for many groups and events on the island, including the Civil Air Patrol and Island Connections, and enjoyed walking and gathering with Footloose Friends. He loved to walk with his dog down to Pond’s End on Long Pond and strike up conversations with the many people he met there. He enjoyed fishing with his grandsons and traveling to national parks across the U.S. and Canada.

Ted was predeceased by his parents, all of his siblings and his dog Ginger. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Susan Hollander Warholak, and his children Mark (with wife, Lili, and son Elias of Ridgefield, Conn.), and Merrilee Warholak (with her husband, Ernie Wells, and son Atticus of Gorham).

Ted was cremated. An interment service will be delayed until a date when people can gather safely. To honor his memory, donations to Island Connections ( or a charity of your choice are welcome.

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