OBITUARY FOR EDMUND A. PRENTIS IV (“TEDDY”)
Edmund Astley Prentis IV (“Teddy”), 68, of Delray Beach,FL,Westhampton Beach, NY,and Cluj-Napoca, Romania, died suddenly in a motorbike accident on Thursday, May 11th in Bermuda. A croquet champion, instructor and tournament director, Teddy was in Bermuda to attend The Bermuda Invitational. Teddy, the world’s first full time croquet professional, won a record eight United States Croquet Association titles, including four National Doubles Championships (two with his father, Edmund A. Prentis III), three National Club Team Championships and was an eightt ime member of the United States National Team, in addition to multiple invitational and regional championships. He and fellow instructor, Bob Kroeger, co-authored a library of instructional video tapes for players (Bob & Ted Series). In 1989, Teddy was inducted into the USCA Hall of Fame.Teddy will also be remembered for his efforts sharing croquet with participants of the Special Olympics. His dedication, energy, humor, infectious laugh and irrepressible enthusiasm won the hearts of all who met him.
Teddy graduated from The Harvey School and Asheville School where he was the Captain of the Varsity football teams. He attended Columbia University, his grandfather’s alma mater.
Teddy never met a stranger. He had a passion for travel and explored the world. Recently he had retired to Romania where he had a number of close friends whom he considered family.
Survivors include his two sisters: Patricia Prentis-Erwin of Easton, PA,and Katharine Prentis Knuff (James Michael) of Bethlehem, PA, and brother: Peter D. Prentis (Paula) of Bedford Hills and Quogue, NY. He also leaves one nephew and four nieces.
A man of culture with a reverence for knowledge, he lived a vivid life. He will be terribly missed but always remembered and held close in our hearts.
Saturday, June 3rd, 2017, 2:30 p.m. at:
Westhampton Presbyterian Church
90 Meeting House Road
Westhampton Beach, NY
Reception Immediately following Service at:
Westhampton Country Club
90 Potunk Lane
Westhampton Beach, NY
In lieu of flowers, the Prentis family requests that donations be made in memory of Teddy to:
United States Croquet Association
700 Florida Mango Road
West Palm Beach, FL, 33