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Theodore Thomas Miller

September 30, 1935 ~ September 21, 2020 (age 84)


Ted Thomas Miller, of Wilmington, NC, died peacefully on Monday, September 21, 2020.  He was 84 years old.

 Ted was born on September 30, 1935 in Waterbury, CT.  He was raised by his loving grandparents Thomas and Lucy Valente.  Ted joined the Marine Corps, completing his basic training at Camp Lejuene, NC and was discharged from the U.S. Naval Submarine Base in New London, CT.

Ted moved to Los Angeles, CA, where he pursued a career in the automotive industry, managing two different dealerships in the area.  An exceptional athlete all his life, Ted enjoyed participating in the Culver City Softball League and the Manhattan Beach League.

Ted moved to Wilmington, NC some eleven (11) years ago, where he continued his athletic prowess on the Empie Park tennis courts.  He recently rediscovered his love of golf.

He had much to share with others, writing several books and screenplays.  Ted was very independent, generous and a good friend to many including his tennis buddies and his neighbors, especially Bruce and Mark.  He loved animals, particularly dogs.  He would regularly walk the neighbor’s dog and give treats to the dogs on his route. 

Ted is survived by many cousins, and was especially close to his cousins Barbara Santarsiero of Waterbury CT, his god-daughter, Marie Sampieri of Prospect CT and Julie Donahue of Conway, SC.  He was also survived by his very special friends Kathy and David Murchison of Alabama.

Memorial services will be private. 

We would like to thank the staff of NHRMC and Lower Cape Fear Life Care in Bolivia, NC for their kind attention to Ted in his final days.

Memorial gifts can be sent to One Love Tennis, P.O. Box 3112 Wilmington, NC 28406, where Ted was Volunteer of the Year in 2015 or the New Hanover County Humane Society.       

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Michael J Fulwood Funeral Service Licensee, 910-471-5441

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Private Services


One Love Tennis
P.O. Box 3112, Wilmington NC 28406

New Hanover County Humane Society
2405 N. 23rd Street, Wilmington NC 28401
Tel: 1-910-763-6692

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