Tributes to Taplow resident Sir Terry Wogan
TRIBUTES have been pouring in for Sir Terry Wogan, who lived in Bucks, after his death at the age of 77.
The veteran broadcaster passed away after a short battle with cancer.
Sir Terry, who has lived in Taplow since 1975, was surrounded by his family.
His family issued a statement, announcing the sad news. It read: “Sir Terry Wogan died today after a short but brave battle with cancer.
“He passed away surrounded by his family. While we understand he will be missed by many, the family ask that their privacy is respected at this time.”
Sir Terry, then a Radio 1 DJ, opened the first Schools of Chesham Carnival in 1974.
A year later the presenter, who was born in Limerick, made his home in Bucks when he moved to Taplow where he lived with his wife Helen.
He was patron of the Thames Valley Adventure Playground which he opened in 1982, and he was regularly involved in charity golf days in Bucks.
David Cameron has led tributes from across the world of politics after the broadcaster’s death.
The Prime Minister said: “My thoughts are with Terry Wogan’s family.
“Britain has lost a huge talent – someone millions came to feel was their own special friend.
“I grew up listening to him on the radio and watching him on TV. His charm and wit always made me smile.”
Chris Evans, who took over from Sir Terry after he left BBC Radio 2, has paid tribute to the star, saying: “We are all so terribly sad upon hearing of the passing of Terry. I can’t put into words how the whole Radio 2 family is feeling.
“Our most heartfelt thoughts go out to Helen, Mark, Alan, Katherine and Vanessa. To many of us Terry was Radio 2. We still can’t believe it.”
Fellow Irishman Graham Norton has also paid tribute. He succeeded Sir Terry as BBC host for the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest and has commentated since then. Norton said during the opening comments “I know, I miss Terry too.”
He tweeted: “He made it seem effortless and for a young boy in Ireland he made it seem possible. RIP Sir Terry Wogan. I’ll raise a glass during song 9.”
involvement: Sir Terry Wogan opened the first Schools of Chesham Carnival in 1974 and below, the winning team at the Bucks Community Foundation golf day in 2013 are presented with their
prizes by Sir Terry Wogan, from left; Ken Waller, Peter Shipperley, Steve Butterworth and