Par­ents sor­row at ‘waste of life’

The Oban Times - - Front Page - LOUISE GLEN lglen@oban­times.co.uk

THE DEATH of an in­spi­ra­tional is­land vet has been de­scribed as ‘a ter­ri­ble waste of a young life’ by her mum, af­ter she was trag­i­cally killed in a road traf­fic in­ci­dent on the Isle of Mull.

Theresa Wade, 29, from Mull, has been called car­ing, hon­est and kind by more than 700 peo­ple com­ment­ing on her death on so­cial me­dia.

Theresa was killed last Wed­nes­day when her van was in­volved in an in­ci­dent with an­other ve­hi­cle on the road be­tween Fish­nish and Craignure as she was mak­ing her way home af­ter a day of work.

Mo­ments be­fore her death, she had been dis­cussing plans for a Christ­mas staff din­ner, and those who saw her last week said just how happy she looked.

Mum and dad, Mary and Trevor Wade, who for many years ran the Bayview gro­cery store in the vil­lage of Bunes­san and now live in Oban, said they were dev­as­tated by their loss. Mary said: ‘ When we vis­ited the crash site on Mon­day, a CD cover from one of Theresa’s bands was left be­hind with the words ‘It’ll be fine.’ A mes­sage that Mary be­lieves is for her.

Mary said: ‘Theresa was very prac­ti­cal and or­gan­ised from a young age. At the crash site one of the bou­quets of flow­ers has a mes­sage on it; it says ‘Don’t worry Theresa, we will make sure every­thing is fine’.’

Theresa’s par­ents said that the in­spi­ra­tional young woman was al­ways in­ter­ested in an­i­mals, own­ing horses, cats as well as a ham­ster. She learned to ride af­ter one of the is­lan­ders took her un­der her tute­lage, even­tu­ally, as a teenager, get­ting her own High­land pony, Sk­erry.

Mary and Trevor say she was an ex­cel­lent singer who sang in the school choir, be­fore she be­came too shy, and was a fine vi­o­lin­ist – a tal­ent she con­tin­ued into adult­hood.

Mary con­tin­ued: ‘She re­ally en­joyed ceilidh mu­sic and danc­ing.’

Mary laughed: ‘For her small height [ just over five feet] she was strong and was able to throw any­one across the floor in a Strip the Wil­low.’

That strength was also vi­tal to the work that Theresa did with both com­mer­cial and do­mes­tic an­i­mals. Many of the tributes paid to the young woman are about her hu­mane, kind and car­ing treat­ment of all an­i­mals.

Tak­ing on vet­eri­nary work ex­pe­ri­ence from an early age, Theresa worked on farms and crofts, as well as a spell at Oban Wildlife Park where she was able to work with more ex­otic breeds, such as mon­keys and snakes.

From the age of 12, Theresa lived in Oban Glen­cruit­ten Hos­tel be­fore mov­ing into halls at univer­sity – but she never missed a trip back home to Mull, which she did ev­ery week­end.

Mary said: ‘Theresa loved Mull, it was her am­bi­tion to be­come the vet there and we were de­lighted when last July she took over the vet­eri­nary prac­tice on the is­land.’

Mary con­tin­ued: ‘From go­ing to high school in Oban [where she was the dux], Theresa knew she wanted to be a vet.

‘At Glas­gow Univer­sity she stud­ied very hard and ex­celled at what she did.’

Be­fore re­lo­cat­ing her prac­tice to Mull last year, Theresa had a job in Fort Wil­liam which al­lowed her to work across the north of Scot­land and at the same time re­turn home to her par­ents in Oban and to Mull most week­ends.

Last July she took over the Mull prac­tice and had set about con­tin­u­ing to im­prove and ex­pand the busi­ness. In the last few weeks she had pur­chased a cow preg­nancy scan­ner.

Trevor said he was tak­ing time to re­mem­ber all the fun he had with his el­dest daugh­ter.

He said: ‘Some years ago we went on a hik­ing hol­i­day to­gether – in spite of hav­ing in­cred­i­bly sore feet and hav­ing re­ceived med­i­cal treat­ment for them, she was de­ter­mined to fin­ish the walk.

‘That was my girl – strong and de­ter­mined. She would be very an­gry this has hap­pened to her.’

Theresa’s part­ner for more than 10 years, Charles Pease, who lived with Theresa at the Kin­loch Ho­tel in Pen­nyghael, Mull, said: ‘The cap­tain of the ship has gone ashore – but the jour­ney is not over, we will be to­gether again.

‘She was in the wrong place at the wrong time. I have been over­whelmed by the kind­ness of peo­ple who have spo­ken or writ­ten to me.’

The fam­ily praised the po­lice and emer­gency ser­vices and the staff at the vets on Mull for their sup­port at such a dif­fi­cult time.

Theresa is sur­vived by two sis­ters – Rosie and Louise, who are both nurses, and a niece So­phie.

TRAGIC: Theresa Wade, left, with her sis­ters, Louise and Rosie.

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