‘In­spi­ra­tion to many’ pub land­lord Terry dies, 61

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - ‘when I Saw The Car I Burst Out Crying’ - By Tim Collins

tcollins@thek­m­group.co.uk The for­mer land­lord of a pop­u­lar pub has died af­ter a lengthy bat­tle with kid­ney prob­lems and can­cer.

Terry Lee Clark, 61, died peace­fully in his sleep on Tues­day last week at the Wil­liam Har­vey Hos­pi­tal in Ash­ford.

Mr Clark took over the Wind­mill pub in Hythe Road in Ash­ford, then called The Fox, in 2000.

The pre­vi­ous year he had moved to Ash­ford from Liver­pool to care for his el­derly mother, earn­ing him the nick­name Scouse Terry with his new friends down South. Mr Clark had al­ready been diag- nosed with kid­ney fail­ure and un­der­gone a kid­ney trans­plant when he met his fu­ture wife Su­san Clark in the town.

Tragedy then struck again when he was di­ag­nosed with lym­phoma and un­der­went chemo­ther­apy, af­fect­ing his trans­planted kid­ney and re­turn­ing him to need­ing reg­u­lar dial­y­sis.

His son Ted, 34, a ta­lented mu­si­cian in the town, said: “Dad was an in­spi­ra­tion to many. Even though he spent a lot of time in poor health, he would never let it get him down and al­ways re­mained pos­i­tive.

“He spent a great deal of time at the dial­y­sis unit at the Wil­liam Har­vey Hos­pi­tal, where the staff got to know his mis­chievous­ness and charm. His pas­sion for car- pen­try and his grat­i­tude to­wards the car­ing staff meant he spent a year mak­ing the nurses a wooden ta­ble, when­ever he was well enough and could go down to his workshop in the gar­den.

“Ev­ery­one who had the good for­tune of meet­ing him was drawn in by his life sto­ries, wis- dom and charm­ing char­ac­ter. He had suf­fered so much but was in­sis­tent that his con­di­tion would not de­fine him, he would never come across as be­ing a sick man, just a man pas­sion­ate about his fam­ily and life.”

Mr Clark is sur­vived by his wife Su­san, his two chil­dren Ted and Leesa, and his grand­daugh­ter Ni­cole. His fu­neral will be held at Char­ing cre­ma­to­rium at 1.20pm on Mon­day, Fe­bru­ary 10. His cof­fin will be driven through Ash­ford on a spe­cial trike hearse, as Mr Clark dreamed of tour­ing Scot­land on a trike with Su­san.

The fam­ily has asked for do­na­tions to the Kid­ney Foun­da­tion rather than flow­ers.

For in­for­ma­tion call Sul­li­van and Son 01304 201322.

The tri­cy­cle hearse

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