Tributes after death of Burnley ‘adopted son’ Terry

Terry Letch
Terry Letch
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An adopted son of Burnley, who cared passionately about the town and its people, has died at the age of 76.

Mr Terence Letch, who was known as Terry, moved to Lancashire with his wife Pat 48 years ago from London after he read a newspaper article encouraging young people to seek their fortunes in the North. And also the fact that young couples could not afford to but property in the capital.

Terry fell in love with the town and its surrounding countryside and he became a regular walker with the Burnley and Pendle Ramblers Association. His knowledge of the area was so great, Terry was appointed as footpath secretary.

Pat said: “He loved the countryside around here and he knew every inch of it. He would often say he felt a bit embarrassed as a southerner explaining the history of the area to people who were born and bred here.’’

A senior product planner at the former Lucas in Burnley until he retired at the age of 59, Terry immersed himself in Burnley life and was keen to see the town develop and grow. He became a volunteer with the Twinning Committee and visited Burnley’s twin town of Vitry-sur-Seine several times where he made a number of friends. Many of these French friends were among the 200 mourners who packed into Burnley Crematorium to pay their respects at Terry’s funeral.

A keen amateur photographer Terry was also a member of Burnley Camera Club. Pat said: “He was always happy to get involved with anything and he never hesitated in volunteering.

“He felt a real sense of pride in Burnley, he certainly considered it to be his home.’’

Known for his cheeky sense of humour, Terry, who died seven months after being diagnosed with Motor Neurone disease, also had a kind and caring nature and would always be on hand to help anyone in need.

Pat added: “Terry was a modest person, he did not consider himself to be anything special but the number of people who came to me after his funeral to tell me all the kind things he had done was incredible. He always said he wasn’t bothered about being rich, he just wanted to be lucky and he certainly was until illness struck.’’

Terry also leaves a son, Stephen, sister Brenda, daughter-in-law Christine, granddaughter Amber and sister-in-law Chris.

Donations are being accepted in Terry’s memory for Pendleside Hospice and also the Motor Neurone Disease Association c/o Fred Hamer Funeral Director at 183-187 Briercliffe Road, Burnley or ring 01282 438866.