By Chris Elliott……..

It is only a few weeks ago on the 8th of April when I spoke to Terry Carter and he told me he was battling cancer and had but a few weeks to live, then sadly he passed away on the evening of 24th May 2018 and in response to our article click here about him so many people spoke of their sadness and support for his family.

This feeling of loss and heartfelt support brought back memories for me of when my wife died and Terry and his 112 volunteers came to the cemetery as an honour guard. Such was the nature of this man that he wanted to help others whenever he could.

We had a wonderful comment as follows from Yasmin Underwood which I believe sums up the impact Terry had on the lives of so many people he met.

“I first met Terry when I enrolled on one of his many First Aid courses. His enthusiasm was infectious and I was encouraged to join the 112 volunteers, later to become CESV.

Through this association I learnt not only first aid, made many like-minded friends, but was involved with the various fire units, civil defence and the ambulance service, all of which held Terry in the highest esteem.

Without him we would not have the skills within the Ambulance Service, the Fire Service, the Forest Fire Service, the CESV team who have subsequently taught so many people first aid and also set up the Save A Life blood donor alert system. He worked tirelessly with a dedication that would be hard to match either here or in the UK.

I feel honoured to have met him, worked with him and to have had him as a friend.

He taught me so much and also made me so much more aware of my surroundings with regards to fire safety.

Thank you Terry for all you did for me personally and for the wider community of North Cyprus – we are eternally grateful.

My thoughts and prayers are with Sheila and their daughters, may they take comfort in knowing he did not suffer for long”.

For the many local readers in North Cyprus who knew him and respected him, we would like to announce that there will be a Celebration of his Life at the Courtyard Inn, Karakum on Wednesday 20th June at 11.30am and they are welcome to attend when the following will be sharing their memories of Terry Carter.

Keith Lloyd – Terry Carter the man and a friend

Eddie Hollely – On behalf of  the Bellapais Masonic Lodge

Steve Collard – On behalf of CESV – Civil Emergency Service Volunteers.

For those attending, they may purchase meals and refreshments before or after the Celebration of his Life event.