A KIND, loving and generous garage owner who was “a real gentleman” and a passionate sportsman has died.
Mr Terry Eason, who was 64, died peacefully at his home on Monday after a brave two-year battle against cancer.
Mr Eason, of Helm Close, had owned the Boundary Garage, in Loveclough, with his wife Julie for more than 30 years.
Julie (52) has vowed to continue running the business as a tribute to her husband.
“He was such a well-known and well-liked person,” she said.
“He was a perfectionist and when he wasn’t at work he was always immaculately turned out. He was a gentleman and he was extremely generous.”
Mrs Eason said her husband’s generous character also extended to his business dealings.
“In business, his word was his bond, he would never let anybody down.”
Originally from Jamaica and one of six children, Mr Eason moved to Burnley when he was seven years old.
He attended St Mary Magdalene’s Primary School and St Theodore’s High School before going to work at Eden Valley Mill in Worsthorne. He later worked for Vale Motor Company in Rawtenstall before buying the garage.
A keen sportsman, Clarets fan and talented footballer, he played semi-professional for Padiham as a young man and up until a year ago was still playing five-a-side. He also enjoyed cycling, riding his motorbike, walking and was a member of Crow Wood Leisure Centre.
Mr and Mrs Eason had been together for more than 30 years but married for just two.
Mrs Eason said that she was grateful to the medical staff who helped to care for her husband.
“I would like to give my sincere thanks to everyone who helped us, all the medical staff and our families.”
Along with his wife Mr Eason leaves son Antony, grandchildren Jade and Piers, sister Pat and brothers Tom, Fred and Nigel. He was also brother to the late Janet.
His funeral will take place at 10 a.m. on Monday at Burnley Crematorium. His family have asked that donations be made in his memory to Pendleside Hospice and East Lancs Hosipce.