Theodore Vance Burba, age 78 of East Grand Rapids died Monday, December 7, 2020 following complications from heart surgery. He was born June 7, 1942 to Evelyn (Cavera) Burba and Ted Burba who preceded him in death as did his in-laws Ellen and Dick Ford who he comfortably called “Mom and Dad”. Ted was also preceded in death by his cousin “sister” Lynn Freeman Brodie of Kauai, Hawaii. He is survived by his wife Linda Ford; children, Scott (Meridith) Burba of Marietta, GA, and Steven (Rosana) Burba of Windemere, FL; grandchildren, Elisa, and Eva Burba, J.J. Burba and Ali Kamel and many cousins near and far. Ted spent 55 years teaching in the Northview School District where he coached football and began the Northview Swim program. He finished his coaching career at East Grand Rapids High School as Butch Briggs assistant swim coach and head coach for both the boys’ and girls’ divers. While at Northview and for over 30 years, he organized the high school blood drives and worked tirelessly for the high school community service volunteer club. Additionally, Ted’s commitment to education allowed him the opportunity to serve a four-year term on the East Grand Rapids School Board from 1985-1989. He had only recently resigned as Vice President of the Roger B. Chaffee Memorial Scholarship, a passionate commitment and honor. Ted’s legacy is that of a teacher who loved students of all ages and the love was returned in kind. Due to Covid restrictions, there will be no visitation or service. A celebration of life and Mass will be held at St. Stephens Church sometime this summer. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you consider a contribution to the Ted Burba Scholarship c/o Northview High School at 4451 Hunsberger Drive NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525. The family is very grateful for all the caregivers at Spectrum downtown and extends their heartfelt thank you.