About the
T.G. (Ted) Lofto Memorial Scholarship Fund


The T.G. (Ted) Lofto Memorial Scholarship Fund was created in memory of Ted Lofto with memorial gifts from his family, friends and alumni of RCSCC John Travers Cornwell VC. In establishing this scholarship, Ted’s family and friends wish to recognize the dedication to continued education and community service of a John Travers Cornwell VC cadet.

Ted Lofto was a proud member of RCSCC John Travers Cornwell VC, a keen member of the Guard, the Gun Crew and an integral member of the Corps swim team, leading the Corps to several Tri Service Cadet swim meet titles before becoming Corps Coxswain in 1971. Ted completed General Training at HMCS Quadra, a six-week Boatswain Course at HMCS Naden and a nine-week Practical Leadership Course at HMCS Quadra. Ted became one of the Corps' most respected young officers and a key member of the staff at HMCS Quadra. Ted served as a Practical Leadership Course Officer for several years, Staff Cadet Training Officer and finally promoted to LCdr and Training Officer of HMCS Quadra.

Ted attended the University of Winnipeg and the University of Victoria, graduating with a Bachelor of Social Work degree prior to a career in Social Work. Ted worked for the Ministry of Children and Family Development in British Columbia as a Social Worker for forty years, retiring in 2017. He started out as a child protection social worker, working with children and their families to support them in overcoming challenges in their lives. For the last twenty-five years of his career he worked as a Resource Social worker supporting foster parents to care for children and youth in their homes. He was very compassionate towards the foster parents and the difficult job they do. He would go the extra mile to ensure they were supported and in turn he was well liked and respected by them. Ted had a passion for the work he did and was a very caring person. In particular, he gravitated to helping the youth in his community both through his work and through his community volunteer work at his church. He made several close connections with the youth and always focused on helping them be safe and supported. Quite often he was a constant in their lives as other social workers changed and moved on. He made a difference in their lives and when he passed away many of the youth described him as a great person to celebrate knowing. Ted was an honest, organized, competent employee who role modeled a strong work ethic. He was a mentor to his co-workers, readily shared his knowledge with others, and was able to overcome obstacles to move forward in order to provide the required services to those he supported. Ted made a lasting impression on many and is sadly missed. Ted passed away on May 20, 2017 after a brief battle with cancer.

Perhaps Mike Trump, a retired Police Officer, former Dean of the School of Criminal Justice and Security and Office of International Affairs at the Justice Institute of British Columbia and a former cadet and officer of RCSCC John Travers Cornwell VC said it best...

On May 20, 2017, one of the kindest and nicest men I have ever had the pleasure of knowing lost his valiant but very quick battle with cancer. The news of his illness shocked us all, but his passing took the wind out of our sails and left us in shock and with a deep and profound sadness. I had known Ted for 48 years and I would have difficulty explaining in words the impact that he had on my formative years. As a teenager, I considered him a mentor and a role model. Ted worked as a social worker for 40 years in what could be a soul crushing environment and I know he never once stopped caring about the people with whom he came in to contact or stopped seeing the positive and the good in them. Ted was one of the best of all of us.