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8:07 pm on Jun 30, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I am deeply saddened to tell you that long time administrator and member of WebmasterWorld, Tedster (Warren "Ted" Ulle) passed away Friday in his sleep with family near.


Ted was a dear friend of this community and everyone involved. He always made time to talk to people regardless of their circumstances. He was one of the most friendly and approacable people in the entire industry. It was for that very reason that he was voted to be awarded the WebmasterWorld lifetime achievement award last year.


While Ted had been sick for quite some time, he never showed it or bothered anyone with it. His strength while facing it, was inspirational and trademark Tedster.


Ted worked for many of the largest brands on the interent today - from HP to eBay - and yet, he always had time to answer a stickymail question, or pop in a thread to send a new user on the right path.


We will miss him dearly.


Teds memorial service is a private service. Henninger Funeral Home : Book of Memories


















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Deeply saddened by the news. Tedster, you've been a giant amongst this community. RIP.
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Our thoughts and prayers to all those affected by this.
thank you for who you have been.
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Ted was a gracious and kind person. You will be missed Ted.
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Very sorry to hear this. Truly a great man.
3:43 am on July 1, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I'm incredibly sad about the news. Working with Ted in the Google forum has been an ongoing set of life lessons for me... way beyond SEO. I feel fortunate that our paths crossed on WebmasterWorld as they did. He was a great human being, a master of communication, and he taught lessons of generosity, patience, and kindness by example... in fact, all the good things that people here have said about him here, and more.

cayleyv - Thanks for posting the link to that video interview of Ted. It is part of the legacy. The video not only captures some of Ted's key ideas about SEO, but it came as a well-timed reminder of his verve and enthusiasm.

We're going to miss him.
4:36 am on July 1, 2013 (gmt 0)

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RIP Tedster.

My condolences to Ted's family.
4:42 am on July 1, 2013 (gmt 0)

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One of the best people I've ever, ever met. So very sad. Best wishes to Ted's family and loved ones.
4:52 am on July 1, 2013 (gmt 0)

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A lovely man. I think we will all miss him.

Its times like this I realise the reach of the internet, and our community here. He has touched many lives that he probably never knew about.

Bye Tedster.
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Sad news. Condolences to his family. He had an amazing ability to be the "first responder" to questions on the Google forum.

I didn't know tedster like many of you. I know tester as the handle, the moderator at the forum. I knew or came to my own conclusions, but certainly the posts here have been enlightening.

I would best say that tedster and I didn't see eye to eye. It's sad to me that I can't say thank you for reinstating my ability to post here again. I've been at the wrong end of tedster on a couple occasions. I think in a lot of ways he was saddened by the direction of the forums and the negativity towards Google as of late. Having learned more about tedster from posts here, I have a far better appreciation for why he felt the way he did.

Certainly he gave the forum a direction and feel and kept it as clean as possible. Less clutter, more substance.

On a side note, I've been recently suspended by tedster. I had a few back and forth pleads on sticky mail with tedster on getting myself reinstated. I only had the courage to check this past week from his last sticky mail which was sitting there for about 4 months. I really didn't want to read another denial. I chose to wait as long as possible to spare myself the feeling of another denial. However, it was in fact a reply from tedster saying that my posting privileges have been reinstated. Sadly it was only this past week I checked, and the opportunity to say thank you has passed. I couldn't say it personally to him, but I know he knows how much I appreciate having my name cleared. It meant a great deal to me. It took some convincing let me tell you!

All this said, tester I promise to be a good boy and to keep my rants at a minimum. I will keep focused on what works. Thanks to tedster I certainly leaned my lesson. I love the Google too! That was the missing part of our dialogue I think. My passion was like oil to tedster's water. What a guy!

I appreciate getting to know the man behind the handle.
4:57 am on July 1, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I had the chance to meet Ted once at Pubcon. A very friendly approachable man who always wanted to share his knowledge.

My sincere condolences to his family.
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I'm a bit weepy.

Yeah, that's right, the old cantankerous guy gets weepy.

Deal with it.

Having given me help when I needed it I thought I could return the favor in spades when I first heard of Tedster's situation, being a Big C veteran and frequent flier, but wouldn't you know it, as usual he was on top of the situation and already knew pretty much everything I knew, with a few exceptions, as Tedster was nothing if not well educated.

I've been writing and running BBS's since '80 yet after all those years it took Tedster to teach me it was more about cultivating the community than just administering the software. It didn't take a genius to see Tedster was simply using his masterful marketing and communication skills in community building at WebmasterWorld.

Maybe the epiphany here, what we take away from knowing Ted, is that Ted was using his life skills as a marketer and not the other way around which is why he was such a success and everyone loved him.

All I know is in the end a good man was cut down in his prime before his time.

R.I.P. Ted
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RIP Tedster a kind person and a true gentleman
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What is a mentor? I think it's someone who offers advice, no matter what time of day it is...someone who gives, without expecting anything in return...someone who likes to teach and share what they've learned over time. I, along with many others lost a mentor today. Rest in peace, Ted Ulle, you will be missed and always appreciated.
5:26 am on July 1, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Thank you Tedster for make my life brighter, god rest.
6:31 am on July 1, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I remember the first time I saw one of Ted's posts pop up in a thread. My reaction was along the lines of, "Now there's somebody that knows what he's talking about!" RIP Ted.
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Very sad news. RIP Tedster and my condolences to his family.

Regards...jmcc
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A fountain of knowledge and a true inspiration. He will be sorely missed - my thoughts are with his family at this sad time.
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very very sad news - always found him to be a true gent
7:11 am on July 1, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Cant believe it. RIP Ted. Sad day for his family, friends and SEO,
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Very sad news. The SEO community has lost a giant. Tedster was a great for the SEO community and I owe him dearly for teaching me so many things about SEO through the years either directly or indirectly. My condolences to his immediate family.
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I couldn't belive my eyes when I saw Matt Cutts tweet this sad news today. I just happen to owe Ted so much for sharing such good quality stuff that really have helped me a lot with my professional SEO career.

Ted you will be living through our memories and through the great information you made available through this forum. Your help was essential in making online businesses flourish and gain a competitive edge even against the biggest sharks in the market.

RIP my friend. You will be truly missed.
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Ted you inspired many people to become a better marketer, I recall some great chats at the IMNY events when I was living in New York. I feel honoured to have been one of the many people you shared your knowledge with in person and via twitter.

Your insight on more than just SEO and your willingness to share and inspire others to become a better marketer will be missed. I'm sure that you passion for sharing and learning has rubbed off on many people who attended conferences, read your extensive posts and comments on Webmasterworld.

It was a pleasure knowing someone as kind and helpful as yourself and you will be missed by myself and many others!

Farewell Tedster
7:56 am on July 1, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Very sad news. I only knew tedster from these forums but his contribution to them was immense.
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Sad, Tedster talked a lot of sense in a world full of babbling loons. RIP
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Few years ago i got on WebMasterWorld and when i was reading posts, but for tedster i had the feeling that is something different, true inspiring posts.

Thanks to a post he wrote i get rid 950 penalty, he was a landmark for me in the process of learning the web from zero.

Some of the clothes i wear and computer on which i type are due to tedster and Google.

Probably there are a lot of words to say, for me tedster is a legend.


RIP
I will not forget you
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His kind, patient and generous presence here on WebmasterWorld has, I feel, largely contributed to my "growing up" as a webmaster, and I feel greatly indebted to him for that. He will surely be missed by many, myself very much included.
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Sad news. Ted made a big impression on my the two or so times we met, many years back now. His insights published online will have been a great help to thousands.
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He was a great bloke, a true giver, you only have to look at how he helped people to see that.

Sad stuff.
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Very sad news, if it was not for Tedstar, I would never have been given the opportunity to speak at conferences such as Pubcon. He gave me the opportunity and the confidence, something I will always remember him for. Very very sad news, my prayers go out to his family and may he rest in peace. Shahid.
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It would be impossible to list all the good things that Ted has contributed here and all over the web in the last couple of decades. A few people have pointed some of them out in this thread, but in reality have barely scratched the surface.

Ted gave solid advice based on carefully researched information. He was a fair mediator in disputes and had time to help anyone and everyone. He had a huge amount of experience and knowledge and was very generous in sharing much of it with the community.

Ted is one of the web's "greats" and I hope there will be some long term way in which he will commemerated through this site and elsewhere. Having lost my Dad only a few weeks ago, this comes as another big blow.
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