Tributes to former Posh director and bowls stalwart
Tributes have been paid to an “inspirational” businessman whowasalso a prominent figure in local bowls and a former Posh director. Frank Terrell, known to all as “Pat”, died at Hinchingbrooke Hospital, in Huntingdon, on January 3, at the age of 97 following a period of ill health.
Mr Terrell, who worked long into his 90s, was described by the Farmers Weekly magazine in 2009 as “believed to be the oldest grain trader in existence”. He was a founder member of the Peterborough and District Indoor Bowls Club in 1959 and stalwartatHuntingshireBowls, which he continued to representuntil theendoflastseason.
In addition, he was a directorofPoshduringthe1950sand 1960s.
His son Roger, of Terrells Solicitors, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, said: “Hehad96really good years and in the last year he had been struggling with his health. He had a good and fulfilling life and really enjoyed himself.”
A life member of PeterboroughandDistrict Indoor Bowls Club, he served as secretary from 1996 to 2004 and as chairman from 2001 to 2004.
Tony Barclay, club secretary, said: “He was devoted to the game and did a lot for the expansionofPeterboroughand District Bowls Club.”
Mr Terrell was also a life member of Huntingdonshire Bowls. Amembersincesoonafter the association’s inception in 1975, hewaspresidentin1978 and in 1987.
BobMorton, presidentofthe association, said even at the age of 96, MrTerrellwasstillkeento have his namefirst on the team sheet.
Hesaid:“Hewillbeseriously missed. He was the sort of person you thought would go on forever.”
A spokesman for Posh said: “Thefootball clubaresaddened to learn of the death of Pat Terrell and would like to express our condolences to the family and friends at this sad time.”
In 2009, when Farmers’ Weekly featured MrTerrell in a series celebrating commitment and service to agriculture, he was working with Wellgrain, in Ely.
Mr Terrell, a friend of the Wellgrain managing director Doug Spinney, joined the business in 2004 and served as a director for a number of years.
Mr Spinney said: “He was inspirational. He had so much energy for a man of his age and was always enthusiastic.”
He added: “He was a very kind, thoughtful person and full of energy and inspiration - it was just a pleasure to know him.”