TERRENCE ("TERRY") SCOTT FORD (November 7, 1941 - September 14, 2013) 71, beloved husband, father, neighbor and friend, passed away Saturday, September 14, 2013, at his home in Lakewood Ranch, Florida after a battle with cancer. Born in Parma Heights, Ohio on November 7, 1941, to W.D. and Dorothy Ford.
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He studied at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and began a distinguished broadcasting career with TV and radio stations in Ohio, Tennessee, and Texas. Terry spent 27 years with Belo Broadcasting Corp. in various capacities, highlighted by stints as General Manager at Dallas' WFAA-TV, Chattanooga's WTVC-TV, and Beaumont's KFDM-TV, where he met his wife Jerry Locke. After living in several cities around the United States, the Fords made Houston their home in 1984 when Terry became General Manager at KHOU-TV. Terry was a highly respected and innovative force in the Houston and national broadcast communities, even serving on the CBS Board of Affiliates.
After retiring from Belo Corp. in 1989, Terry changed careers. For the past 25 years, Terry used his management and sales skills to become a top-selling real-estate professional in Houston. As a realtor and head of the Terry Ford Team, Terry (with partner Jerry) helped hundreds of clients find their dream homes. He had a keen sense the role neighbors bring to a community, and it was not uncommon for their clients to become lifelong friends.
Terry experienced many history-making moments in his adult life. While a young staffer at WFAA-TV in Dallas, he witnessed the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and then raced into the Texas School Book Depository Building in search of a phone. Investigators later determined that Lee Harvey Oswald himself provided Terry with directions to the nearest phone, where Terry and a colleague reported the shooting to WFAA-TV. Terry's notes from that day are on display at the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas.
Terry always believed in giving back. Over the years he served on numerous boards and worked with organizations including The United Way, The Salvation Army, and The 100 Club. He was active in and passionate about politics, from neighborhood boards to national elections, and said he wanted to live until 2016 to see Hillary Clinton elected president.
Terry was also passionate about food and tackled the kitchen like everything else: with love, respect and hard work. His culinary skills were legendary and he made a point to share his love of food by teaching his children the art of cooking. Terry was a true foodie who loved experiencing Houston's many diverse restaurants and cuisines. One of his proudest personal honors came when his caricature became a permanent fixture on the wall of The Palm Restaurant.
The Ford family held a private service in Florida, with a family-and-friends celebration of Terry's life to be scheduled for a later date in Houston. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Terry's name to The V Foundation for Cancer Research (www.jimmyv.org) or CAP-Citizens for Animal Protection (www.cap4pets.org).
Terry was preceded in death by his parents, W. D. Ford and Dorothy Ford. Terry is survived by his wife Jerry Locke Ford, his partner for 36 years, and by four children-son David Ford and wife Andrea, and grandchildren Grant and Bethany, of Mequon, Wisconsin; daughter Julie Anne Rothermund and husband Michael, of Magnolia, Texas; son Roger Ford and partner Jennifer Berk, of Chicago, Illinois; and daughter Elizabeth Ford and fiancé Chris Keaney, of New York, New York. He is also survived by Meg Ford, mother of David and Julie, of Madison, Wisconsin, and by two beloved rescue dogs, Bo and Annie.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Sept. 22, 2013