Tributes to former Posh di­rec­tor and bowls stal­wart

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By David Sey­mour

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.”

Pat Ter­rell.

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