Theodore Wallace "Ted" Leaman
December 12, 1932 - October 26, 2013
Theodore Wallace "Ted" Leaman was born in Miami, FL on December 12, 1932, and died at home in Modesto on October 26, 2013. Ted is survived by his wife Margaret and his son Darrell. He was loved by many people whose lives were enriched by Ted's kindness, generosity, intellect, quick wit and passion for life.
After graduating from Modesto High School and serving in the Navy, Ted had a successful career with AT&T before retiring as a manager at age 52. He was a Mason and a Shriner and was Master of Lodge 675 at age 33. After retiring, he devoted much of his time to volunteering in the community, serving on the Boards of Hartford Place, Scenic General Hospital and the State Theatre. A strong advocate for human Rights, he supported organizations such as Planned Parenthood and PFLAG and political candidates who he felt best served the interests of our community.
Ted loved reading (especially science fiction) and he greatly enjoyed the theater, good food, good wine, and good friends. He kept up on technology and was often at his computer working on volunteer projects or a project for a friend. He was passionate about playing poker and was well known in the Turlock and Modesto cardrooms where he was respected for his skill and for being such a gentleman. A "perfect day" was a day spent hiking in beautiful places like Point Lobos, Yosemite, Calaveras Big Trees, or bird watching out in our wetlands.
A compassionate, caring man, Ted made the world a better place for all of us. He will be missed by his many friends and his family who loved him so much.
Published in the Modesto Bee on Apr. 6, 2014