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Tributes paid to long-standing Queen’s Park manager, inventor and DIY expert

PUBLISHED: 17:22 26 June 2020 | UPDATED: 13:39 30 June 2020

Terry James and his animal friends. Picture: Submitted by Andrew James

Terry James and his animal friends. Picture: Submitted by Andrew James

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A long-serving manager of Queen’s Park has passed away at 80 years old.

Inventor Terry James managed Queen’s Park from 1970 to 1997 for the City of London Corporation.

During this time, in the words of Terry’s wife Rosemary, it “transformed from a basic facility into a showpiece”.

This includes the addition of an improved children’s safe play area, a trim trail built from scrap materials and an animal village designed by Portsmouth-born Terry.

Animals in the area included sheep, chickens, ducks and rabbits. Elsewhere, Terry nursed injured hedgehogs, squirrels and a kestrel and deer back to health.

In 1989, Terry was awarded the Freedom of the City of London accolade and a watercolour of the Queen’s Park bandstand by a local artist.

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Rosemary said: “He was asked to choose a gift that would be presented to him.

“He chose a watercolour by a local artist depicting the bandstand in Queen’s Park.

“It gave him much pleasure in having it on display as a reminder of happier times.”

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“His pride in and dedication to Queen’s Park was constant and enduring.”

Terry was also an avid inventor and filed for multiple patents.

These include the Rinsa Rolls, which could be used to clean painting tools, and a KerbMaster to help wheelchair users clear steps unaided.

In 1974, Terry was invited to become a member of the Institute of Patentees and Inventors, a charity which celebrated its centenary year in 2019.

He was also a DIY enthusiast and could fix a variety of household problems.

Terry’s son Andrew said: “I don’t think any words can do him justice and I know a lot of nice things get said about people when they pass, but, put simply, he was a practical man.

“We used to say everyone should have a Terry as he could fix anything. There wasn’t anything he couldn’t do.”

Terry was also a proficient skier, knowledgeable plantsman and competent horse rider.

Rosemary added: “His life had been well spent. A man of ability, integrity, courage and a gentlemanly manner.”

He had been in a care home for many years before he passed away on May 1 with dementia.

Terry leaves behind Rosemary and three sons - Andrew, Graham and Richard.


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