Highly re­garded Toomey re­mem­bered

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‘‘He wasn't one to sit around, talk­ing about things that he needed to be done - he got stuck in and did it.’’

Terry Toomey has been de­scribed as ‘‘a man of ac­tion’’ by those who knew him.

The well-re­spected Plim­mer­ton Bowl­ing Club pres­i­dent died of can­cer on De­cem­ber 21, aged 77.

Join­ing the club in 2009, not long after tak­ing up the sport, Toomey showed his class on and off the green.

On the green, he was a mem­ber of the club’s cham­pion fours team in 2011-12 and 2013-14, and won the pairs ti­tle in 2012-13.

Off it, bowls club mem­ber Ross Bly said Toomey was pop­u­lar, very so­cial and well-re­garded for his man­age­ment skills.

Toomey was elected pres­i­dent in June 2015.

‘‘Terry was a man of ac­tion,’’ Bly said.

‘‘He wasn’t one to sit around, talk­ing about things that he needed to be done - he got stuck in and did it.

‘‘He spoke his mind but in a re­spect­ful way.’’

Bly said Toomey en­joyed a Lion Brown at the end of the day, which Ray Lash from Judge­ford Golf Club also re­called.

A long-time golfer be­fore it be­came too dif­fi­cult for him to walk the course, Toomey held a num­ber of po­si­tions at Judge­ford.

Per­haps the most notable project dur­ing his time at the club was the $550,000 un­der­pass, which he man­aged from start to com­ple­tion.

He was club cap­tain in 1990-91 and 1993-94, and pres­i­dent twice, 1995-2001 and in 2003-04.

Un­der his lead­er­ship, in 1999, ma­jor club­house al­ter­ations were car­ried out, with locker rooms up­graded and the bar and cafe moved up­stairs.

A new en­trance, stair­way, golf shop, com­mit­tee room and bal­cony were built, along with a car park ex­ten­sion.

Toomey over­saw the club’s 50th ju­bilee in 1999, de­signed and had se­cu­rity gates in­stalled, and as he was an elec­tri­cian, un­der­took much work at no cost to the club’s bot­tom line.

He was made a life mem­ber at Judge­ford in 2005.

Lash said Toomey brought a re­laxed but dig­ni­fied ap­proach to over­see­ing many of the club’s ac­tiv­i­ties.

‘‘He was a man of in­tegrity, hon­esty and, above all, he was down to earth.’’

Lyn Toomey said she and her hus­band lived in Pau­ata­hanui for 31 years be­fore a move to Cam­borne.

Orig­i­nally from Wai­mate, she said he was a ‘‘good club man who loved his sport’’.

Toomey is sur­vived by son Miles and daugh­ter Fiona.

PHOTO: FIONA BOND

Terry Toomey, who died on Dec 21, 2016, was de­scribed as a man of ac­tion, not words, for his work at Judge­ford Golf and Plim­mer­ton Bowl­ing clubs.

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