Edward Carl Axel “Teddy” Wachtmeister, 70, of Warrenton, died on at home, in the presence of this family, on April 26, 2018. He passed away as a result of Inclusion Body Myositis and pneumonia.
He was born on May 21, 1947, in Washington, D.C., to Frederik H. C. Wachtmeister and Anne Marie Von Krusenstierna Lawrence, who preceded him in death.
Mr. Wachtmeister was raised in Warrenton and attended Highland School, before leaving home to attend the Harvey School, the Salisbury School and the Virginia Military Institute, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.
After graduation, he was commissioned into the United States Air Force in 1971, earning the rank of second lieutenant. He served as a pilot supporting the Military Airlift Command, including being stationed at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he met his wife of 42 years, Karen Weir Wachtmeister. Following his service, Mr. Wachtmeister returned to Warrenton as a hands on owner/operator of Whitehall Farm, raising beef cattle, from 1975 to present.
He was a strong advocate of educational institutions, especially of Highland School (trustee), Salisbury School (trustee), Virginia Military Institute, St. Lawrence University and Texas Christian University. He was an active member of the VMI Foundation (trustee) and VMI Keydet Club (trustee). He was a life founding member of the Great Meadow Foundation, and longtime local bank director.
As a conservation advocate, he placed Whitehall Farm in a conservation easement with the Virginia Outdoors Foundation. His devotion to Fauquier County as well as the organizations that contribute to it were lifelong. He supported the Warrenton Volunteer Rescue Squad, the New Baltimore Fire and Rescue Co., the Piedmont Environmental Council, the Fauquier Hospital, the Fauquier Free Clinic, the Fauquier SPCA, the Fauquier County Public Library, the Fauquier Education Farm, the PATH Foundation and many other local organizations.
Mr. Wachtmeister enjoyed the art of speed, whether that was piloting aircraft, downhill skiing, driving sports cars — especially Ferraris, and later, even wheelchairs. Despite his 15-year struggle with IBM, Mr. Wachtmeister was able to spend much of the last 20 years pursuing his love of Colorado and passion for skiing, supporting and skiing with the Challenge Aspen adaptive ski program. His big personality cannot be forgotten, but he will be remembered by all who loved him as a generous and devoted friend, father, husband and grandfather. His positive impact on the community he loved, and the people he loved, will be felt for years to come.
He is survived by his wife, Karen Weir Wachtmeister; his sons, Erik Wachtmeister and his wife Christie Wachtmeister of Warrenton, and Carl Wachtmeister of Warrenton; his sisters, Linda Wachtmeister and her husband Robert Strini of Scottsville, and Marianne Adair of London, England; his brother, Hans Wachtmeister and his wife Anne Marie Wachtmeister of Warrenton; his granddaughters, Elina Wachtmeister, Sylvie Wachtmeister and Anna Wachtmeister; as well as many nieces and nephews.
The family extends sincere gratitude to everyone who cared for and loved Ted, especially: Norma Breeden; the employees of Whitehall Farm: Michael Holloran, David Simpkins, Samuel Butler, Calvin Cook; Brett Heverly; the dedicated care providers from Cleansing Waters and Home Instead.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 4, at Moser Funeral Home in Warrenton. A private memorial service celebrating his life is to be held at a later date.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Highland School, to Salisbury School (Salisbury, Connecticut) or to the Virginia Military Institute.