TERRIFF _ Terry 1921 - 2007 Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Terry died peacefully in Calgary at the Chinook Hospice on Wednesday, October 10, 2007. Born June 2, 1921 in Nemiscam, Alberta. He was schooled in Bow Island, Foremost and Lethbridge. Upon graduation, he went to work at the Royal Bank in Lethbridge and later Medicine Hat where he acquired the nickname "Terry". In late 1941, he enlisted with the Royal Canadian Air Force and trained as a pilot. He was a proud member of the "Caterpillar" Club (a medal awarded to a person who jumped from a disabled aircraft with a parachute). Following his discharge in 1943, he became an Air Traffic Controller in Regina. There he met a pretty weathergirl, Ester Lamb. They were married November 4, 1944. He was transferred to Calgary in August 1946 where he resided until his death. He rose through the ranks of Air Traffic Control at the Calgary Airport becoming a supervisor and also an instructor for radar for other controllers. He was instrumental in setting up the Air Traffic Control System at Springbank Airport in 1969. After retiring in 1978, he continued his active life. He volunteered for the 1988 Calgary Olympics serving as an Air Traffic Controller for helicopters and volunteered at the Calgary Winter Club until his passing. Terry's quiet manner, sense of humour and love of family will be greatly missed by his wife, Ester; daughter Teddi Terriff (Colin Revill) of Calgary; son Terry Terriff of Birmingham, UK; daughter Beverley Clive (Vic Clive) of Victoria, BC; grandchildren Alexis and Jonathan Clive; sister Anna Williams and brother Floyd Terriff (Sandy); and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by an infant daughter, Sharon Elaine, in 1951 and by a brother Melvin Terriff. The family wishes to thank the caring staff at the Chinook Hospice. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favourite charity in Terry's name. A Celebration of Terry's Life will be held at FOSTER'S GARDEN CHAPEL, 3220 - 4 Street N.W., Calgary (across from Queen's Park Cemetery. Telephone 297-0888) on Saturday, October 20, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. As per Terry's request, please dress casually in bright colours. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family at www.mem.com .
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Published in The Calgary Herald from Oct. 12 to Oct. 17, 2007