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12/05/10 - NNHS Newsletter - Harold Telstad

Harold Olai Telstad
(d. 03 Dec 2010)

Newport News High School Class of Feb 1949

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
  We have another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter this Sunday morning.      Harold Telstad, Class of Feb 1949, father of    Mary Pat Telstad (Peninsula Catholic HS - '83), passed away in Newport News on Friday, December 3, 2010 at the age of 78.

From the Daily Press - 12/05/10:

Harold O. Telstad
    NEWPORT NEWS - Harold Olai Telstad, age 78, passed away in the early morning hours of Dec. 3, 2010, at Riverside Hospital on J Clyde Morris Blvd., in Newport News.

He lived in Newport News his entire life and went to Newport News High School, located Downtown, where he had a band that played most of the dances for the school and other community functions in the 1950's.

Mr. Reggie Frazier was a longtime friend of some 47 years, and they both graduated from the Marshall Wythe School of Law of the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg. Mr. Frazier and Harold both lived in Newport News and began a three year inseparability as they commuted daily, studied endlessly and finally spent two weeks rooming together as they took the J. Westwood Smithers, Virginia State Bar Preparation Course in Richmond.
Harold O. Telstad
Following their graduation and taking the Bar in 1964, Harold, "HOT" as many colleagues knew him, took a position with Neuman, Allen and Lake, Attorneys on Washington Avenue in Newport News, as a new lawyer associate. Harold and Reggie often dreamed and planned for their own law firm. This became a reality in 1966 with the formation of Fitchett, Telstad and Frazier, Attorneys, at 10203 Warwick Blvd., in the Hilton area of Newport News. Leo J. Fitchett later moved to Gloucester County, where he died some years later. Reggie later went solo and finally joined another attorney in Hilton Village, while Harold went back with Neuman and Allen. Later, another law school acquaintance, David L. Short, joined with Harold in formation of the law firm of Short, Short and Telstad, in Newport News, where Harold remained until just a few years before his death, having to retire in 1995, in order to attend to the needs of his wife's illness. With the help of his daughter, Mary Pat Telstad, his wife, Nancy Telstad was cared for until her death. She preceded her husband by only five years. Harold and Mr. Frazier drifted apart as Reggie joined the staff of The Christian Broadcasting Network in Virginia Beach.

Just this past year, Reggie sought Harold out, calling and visiting him frequently. Reggie even borrowed his younger son's lawn care business equipment in order to attend to Harold's lawn care at his lovely home. Harold had bought David Short's one time home on Normandy Lane in the area of the Warwick Yacht and Country Club a number of years ago, and had continued to live there with his wife, Nancy, until her death. Although Harold was able to live alone up until this last illness, he was always accompanied by his "friend"- a long clear tube hooked to a bottle of oxygen, he was always alert and of good humor. He and Mr. Frazier often reminisced about the interesting law cases they had handled through the years, and laughed often. When Reggie would come to do his lawn, or just to pay him a visit, he would call and although sometimes would awaken him, Harold always agreed to breakfast from Chick- Fil-A. When Harold and Mr. Reggie Frazier were in partnership in Hilton Village, Harold and Nancy learned of a young mother-to-be, who had to give up her baby. Harold had Reggie follow-up and the result was Harold and Nancy's being able to receive into their lives in 1965 their daughter, Mary Pat, whom they loved dearly as their own. Reggie was one of Mary Pat's "godparents" at her Christening ceremony at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church shortly after her birth. Harold continued to confide his love and confidence in Mary Pat with his friend and fellow lawyer, Reggie. In 1986, Harold and Nancy were blessed with a beautiful granddaughter, Morgan Carroll Telstad. She was and still is a bright spot in all of our lives.

Harold served in the United States Air Force, for four years, and was stationed in San Francisco, Calif. Harold would always regale his family with stories of just how terrible the fog was in San Francisco.

Harold O. Telstad is survived by his daughter, Mary Pat Telstad; his granddaughter, Morgan Carroll Telstad; his sister-in-law, Sarah Telstad and her children; his sister-in-law, Sarah G. Elder and her husband, Stan Elder and her daughter, Bonnie K. Jones; and many other nieces and nephews.

He will be greatly missed by all those who knew him because he was the kindest, gentlest man that God put on this earth. Some friends called him "Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy" from Pride & Prejudice. Others called him 'Dapper' because he was always well turned out for all occasions. He was a man for all seasons.

Visitation will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, at Peninsula Funeral Home on Warwick Blvd. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, at 45 Main Street, and afterward Harold will be interred beside his beloved wife, Nancy at Peninsula Memorial Park.

Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in The Daily Press from December 5 to December 6, 2010.  Visit Guest Book

December 05, 2010

  I love you, Daddy. You were my best friend and the best father anyone could ask for.

December 06, 2010
I had the honor to practice law with Harold for many years. He was kind, gracious, competent, and a friend. I wish the family peace and prayers at this lonely time.

~ DeRonda Short

December 06, 2010
I was very sad when I heard about Mr. Telstad, a great attorney whom I met years ago by way David Short, Dean Short, and Paul Ker. A great law firm in Newport News. A great legal mind has passed on to heaven. He will be deeply missed and God go with his family. Nicholas Banks Lollipop Dist. PO Box 241 Newport News VA 23607

~ Nicholas Banks, Hampton, Virginia
December 06, 2010

Praying that the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus, he was a kind and gentle soul and will be greatly missed.

~ Laura Meeks, Gadsden, Alabama

December 07, 2010
  Class of N.N.H.S., Feb 1949 - My classmate. God bless the family.

December 08, 2010
My deepest sympathies to the family of Mr. Telstad.

~ Cassandra Bieber, Newport News, Virginia

December 08, 2010
Mr. Telstad was a high school friend of my mother's as well as one of her favorite attorneys. Mr. Telstad would pop over to our office (when we both had our offices in the Teagle building) or phone her to ask my mother's advice on wording for real estate contracts, especially wraparound mortgages. My mother, the late Jean I. Smith, valued Mr. Telstad's expert legal advice and well as his friendship. He was a kind gentle soul that will be missed by all. You are now in the arms of angels.
Lauren Smith Mutter

~ Lauren Smith Mutter, Yorktown, Virginia

December 08, 2010

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December 08, 2010



  Our deepest sympathies are extended to the Telstad family and their friends.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

The Strife Is O'er, the Battle Done

Text: Anonymous Latin; trans;ated by Francis Pott (1832-1909)
Music: Giovanni P. da Palestrina; arranged by W.H. Monk (1823-1889)
Tune: VICTORY, Meter: 888 with Alleluias

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
The strife is o'er, the battle done,
the victory of life is won;
the song of triumph has begun.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
The powers of death have done their worst,
but Christ their legions hath dispersed:
let shout of holy joy outburst.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
The three sad days are quickly sped,
he rises glorious from the dead:
all glory to our risen Head!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
He closed the yawning gates of hell,
the bars from heaven's high portals fell;
let hymns of praise his triumphs tell!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
Lord! by the stripes which wounded thee,
from death's dread sting thy servants free,
that we may live and sing to thee.

"The Strife Is O'er, the Battle Done" midi (extracted with the kind assistance of My son, Nathaniel Harty of IL)
and lyrics courtesy of - 10/26/10
Thanks, Nathaniel!

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of 01/27/05

Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

Animated Air Force Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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