Terry, 97 years young, passed peacefully in his sleep at Dr. Zetter Care Centre in Edmonton where he was a resident for the past five months. He was predeceased by wife Jessie of 61 years in 2012. He will be dearly missed by his four children and their spouses, his granddaughter, four grandsons and great granddaughter.
Terry was one of seven children born to Alice and John Flynn who had immigrated to Toronto, Canada from England for a better life. Terry and his three brothers served in WW2, with the eldest brother killed in action in Italy in 1944. Born in County of York, Toronto, Terry was a member of St. Chad’s Anglican Church boys’ choir for many years and participated in church choirs of St. George’s Anglican Church in Pickering Village, Ont and St. Matthias Anglican Church in Edmonton. After their marriage, Jessie and Terry had settled in Pickering Village and were very involved in local activities in this growing community.
Terry was a long-time employee of IBM in Toronto, retiring after 32 years of service. He was an avid gardener, regularly tending his tomato patches over the years. It was not unusual to find him in his workroom tinkering on a small motor or repairing something for Jessie. His appreciation of wine led to many enjoyable years of home winemaking. One of Terry and Jessie’s greatest joys was their many bus trips, travelling extensively across Canada and the USA.
As most of family were now living in Edmonton, in 1990, Terry, Jessie and youngest daughter moved west to support their grandchildren. Grandpa was always there for the reading of favorite books, library visits, driving to hockey, soccer and volleyball matches. He enjoyed exploring areas around the Edmonton river valley and for many years, regularly swam at local indoor recreation pools. A heart attack and a broken hip during the 1990s slowed him down a bit yet, he continued to enjoy life.
The family would like to express their appreciation to staff of the Good Samaritan Dr. Gerald Zetter Care Centre for their care and attention to Dad during his residence. He was so happy living there, enjoying his meals and exploring in his wheelchair. His favourite location was the big comfy chair by the elevators where he could take a nap mid-morning.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will take place Monday, March 16 at 11:00 am at St. Matthias Anglican Church, 6210 184 St, Edmonton. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations to be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta or Alzheimer Society Research Program through Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories.