Terrence "Babe" Hickey

1926 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Terrence "Babe" Hickey Obituary
Terrence "Babe" Hickey
Former resident of Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz lost another of the "originals" listed on the surf statue honoring the first surfers of Santa Cruz. Terrence Hickey at 88 passed away June 18, 2014 in San Clemente, CA surrounded by his wife and three children. Terry born June 11, 1926 in Hollister, CA lived in Santa Cruz till the late 40's during which time he was Student Body President of Santa Cruz High School class of 1944.
Served in World War II as a Corporal in the Army Air Corp. April of 1944. After the war graduated from San Jose State University and married Myrna Billups in 1948 a High School classmate; they were married 66 years
The majority of his life, worked for Allstate Insurance rising to the senior management levels. He moved to five different cities starting with Sunnyvale, CA and retired in San Diego, CA. Terry found the time to get his pilot's license and after retiring got a captain's license for sailing exotic locations. World traveler to Russia, China, Bali, Fiji, Europe, the Greek Isles, Tonga and places nobody else would go! Stayed an active retiree; an avid skier, golf, tennis, bodysurfing and even tried snowboarding in his 70's; not much Dad wouldn't try. A docent at the Air and Space Museum San Diego, CA; a founding member of GOYR (Get off Your Rockers) and their very first president. Active into his early 80's until Alzheimer's slowly set in frustrating his ability to do all he wanted. He will always be remembered by his family as a dedicated husband and father and by his friends for integrity, honesty and loyalty.
Survived by his wife, daughter, two sons and three grandchildren. The inscription of the Santa Cruz Surf Statue quotes, "dedicated to all those who have made their last ride". Well Dad, your family has been along for a great ride!!!!
Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on June 28, 2014
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