Faith Hill’s father had a profound affect on her husband, too. “He was the sweetest, kindest most gentle man I’ve ever known,” Tim McGraw captioned a post on Instagram at the time of his death. “No man in my life has ever made such an impact on me as to how to be a human, a father and a friend,” he continued. “I’ll never, in 10 lifetimes, be able to live up to his example.” The country star went on to say that Ted’s “legacy will live on through the 3 beautiful souls he raised, Faith and her brothers, Steve and Wesley.”
McGraw drew a lot of inspiration and wisdom from Ted following the death of his father, Tug McGraw, in 2004 (via Today). “My dad adored Tim and Tim would visit him daily,” Hill told People. McGraw obviously took this to heart at the time of Ted’s death, concluding in his tribute that “a day will not pass for the rest of my life, that he will not show up in my thoughts”.