Highly regarded Toomey remembered
‘‘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.
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.