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Theodore "Ted" Richard Cheesman

1927 - 2010, Santa Barbara

07/26/1927 - 11/21/2010

Theodore (Ted) Richard Cheesman, 83, passed away on November 21, 2010, following complications of a major stroke. He is survived by three sons and two daughters-in-law Kerry (Maryann), Kevin (Ann), Kendal, and four grandsons (Ian Cheesman, Nathan Cheesman, Brendan Vallier and Kristopher Cheesman), as well as his long-term companion Lavonne Sanchez. He was preceded in death by his eldest son, Kim Cheesman.

Ted spent his professional career working for the City of Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara County as a property assessor. He was an avid railroader, a founding member of the Goleta Valley Railroad Club, and was active in building and displaying 1-½” scale trains that children and adults could ride. His beautifully-crafted Circus Train was featured may times at the South Coast Railroad Museum in Goleta. He served as a volunteer docent on the Amtrak between Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo.

Ted was a vital part of the Santa Barbara theater scene, serving intermission coffee service at the Lobero Theater for more than 20 years, and serving as House Manager for the past 40 years at the Santa Barbara City College Theaters and the Arlington Theater. He was active in Scouting as the father of three Eagle Scouts and the grandfather of three Eagle Scouts, and served in various capacities in the troop and the district. In retirement he spent many years as the coordinator and chief craftsman for Services Aimed at Independent Living (SAIL), building wheelchair ramps and other features on homes to help elderly and handicapped residents.

Services will be held on December 18 at 10:00 at the Arlington Theater, 1317 State Street, Santa Barbara. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Ted Cheesman Memorial fund at the Foundation for Santa Barbara City College, 721 Cliff Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93109.

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Ted, A wonderful Man, Rest in Peace.

bigjim (anonymous profile)
December 6, 2010 at 8:36 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Mr. Cheesman was a great role model for his sons and to many other boys who he came in contact with through Boy Scouts and church. He helped Santa Barbara be the special little city that it was and is. My warmest condolences to Kerry and Kevin and to Mr Chessman's extended family. Santa Barbara lost a wonderful man. May someone step forward to fill in the line and continue the battle to keep SB great.

Bob C. (SMHS '76)

passagerider (anonymous profile)
December 9, 2010 at 2:15 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I worked for the Arlington Theater for a couple of years until earlier this year. As it is the site of many live events throughout the year, Lavonne and Mr. Cheesman were always present. Mr. Cheesman was always extremely kind, and showed much enthusiasm and love for what he did, as well as for the people of Santa Barbara. I will always remember the way that he would greet the concession staff with a smile and how he always requested a cup of hot coffee before a show. He was an asset to our community; the SB theater scene will not be the same. Rest in Peace Mr. Cheesman.

sunnywebby (anonymous profile)
December 11, 2010 at 12:49 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The best dressed man in the theatre... a true dapper dan and gentleman always. You will be missed but never forgotten!

MediaPro (anonymous profile)
December 16, 2010 at 8:50 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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