Mr. Ted Riback
July 4, 1910 – August 25, 2010
Ted Riback, the founder and namesake of Camp BB-Riback, was born in the USA. In 1930, he moved to Calgary and soon became an active member of the Jewish Community. Ted Riback was the moving force behind many Jewish community projects such as the JCC and the Beth Tzedec Memorial Park. His leadership and committment have enriched our community. Ted Riback has been continuously involved in making Camp BB Riback one of the finest Jewish summer camps in Canada.
Before being located at Pine Lake, the communities of Alberta and Saskatchewan rented a facility at Chestemere Lake. In the early 1950's, Ted Riback and others approached the B'nai B'rith regional council, convincing them to take part in finding a new permanent location for Camp BB. After visiting many possible spots, Ted Riback finally settled on a site at Pine Lake known as 'Walter's Resort.' The location was 128 acres, situated between the cities of Calgary and Edmonton. The local B'nai B'rith lodges contributed to the Camp purchase for about $12,500.
Our camp adopted Riback to our name and a number of our buildings are named after and in honour of the Riback family. We are grateful for all of Ted Riback's family and their everlasting support of our camp. He is survived by his daughters Faith & Donna Riback; his grandchildren Cheryl Green-Ockrant, Howard Green & Kathy Malanchuk, Adam Green, Tevy & Julie Grunberg, and Mia Riback; and his great-grandchildren Jordan, Matthew, Bradley, & Gavin Ockrant, Brandon & Robin Green, Luke Malanchuk & Amanda White, Tara & Al Gunderson, and Gina & Sofie Grunberg.
On Ted Riback's 100th birthday, Camp BB-Riback held a birthday celebration. Mr. Riback was moved to tears during our camp-wide rendition of 'Happy Birthday', and our camper's enjoyed a slice of birthday cake in his honour.
We mourn the loss of Ted Riback and are grateful for the legacy he created here at camp.
Click here for a history on the Riback family.
Click here to read about Ted Riback's legacy.
NEW: If you live outside of Calgary and Edmonton, you may qualify for a scholarship from the Ted and Betty Riback Camp Scholarship Fund at the Jewish Community Foundation of Calgary. Click here to learn more about this program that was created to help honour the work of the Riback family did to found our camp community.
Ted & Betty Riback Camp Scholarship Fund
Order tribute cards for this fund from The Jewish Community Foundation of Calgary at: http://www.jcfc.ca/make-a-donation-send-a-card/. These donations cannot be processed through Camp BB Riback or CanadaHelps.org and must go through the Jewish Community Foundation of Calgary.