Terry Wayne Santoni passed from this life peacefully at home on November 7th.
A native of Southern California, Terry was born and raised in Long Beach. He graduated from Millikan High School and Cerritos College, obtaining an associates degree in Ornamental Horticulture as well as a Master Gardener’s Certification. After working as an ambulance driver and for Ford Motor Company, Terry went on to become the Landscape Supervisor for San Bernardino County. Additionally, he performed private landscape work at Edwards Mansion and for the Tilden Family properties in Riverside, California. Eventually Terry put his outgoing personality to work as a limousine driver in Southern California, driving a wide variety of regular clients including medical teams, Tribal Council Members, and a bevy of Hollywood celebrities.
In 2017 Terry retired and moved to Manchester, TN to be closer to his daughter and her family. While here, Terry quickly began as a volunteer at the Manchester Arts Center, where he became the set builder and shop manager for Millennium Repertory Company. Known by everyone as Pops, Terry was a fixture at the MAC and at Duck River Dance, where he also helped build sets and props for his daughter’s dance performances.
Terry was preceded in death by his father (Frank), his mother (Clara), and his brother (Gene). He is survived by his daughter, Danelle Afflerbaugh (Joel), granddaughter, Gianna, sisters Pamela and Debra, nieces, nephews, and many friends in the Manchester theatre community.
Private services for family and friends will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Millennium Repertory Company.
Manchester funeral home is in charge of arrangements.