WEATHERALL, Thomas Lee, TERRY  1922 - 2014. It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Terry Weatherall, who died peacefully at St Michael’s Hospital in Toronto on  May 30, 2014.

 

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire

William Butler Yeats

 

Born in Belfast, Antrim, Northern Ireland on February 26th 1922, Terry moved to England about 1941 where he joined the British Army, eventually becoming a member of the British Army Physical Training Corps.  During his youth, he found a passion in the boxing ring which would mould his career for the next 30 years. After Aldershot, a British military base near London, he served in Gibraltar, Africa and Italy during WW2. At the end of the war, he remained in Europe serving primarily in Greece and Italy, where much of his role focused on physical fitness. During this period, he continued to box and one of his favorite stories was that of being in an army ring in Algiers with world champion Marcel Cedran.

 

After WW2, Terry returned to Italy to study art. In 1950 he was conscripted back into the Army due to the war in Malaya and was seconded to Australia. He served for three years, stationed there and in Malaya. He was de-mobilized back to London and attended Loughborough College, which has long been associated with sport, and whose teams excelled in competition, for a PhysEd and teaching programme. After this training he was accepted into Ashbury College in Ottawa as an English and PhysEd teacher.  

 

In 1956 Terry was accepted as a Quarter Master Sergeant Instructor and a Master Warrant Officer, in the Canadian Guards and was employed at the Physical Training Wing of the RCS. Terry became a master coach, using his expertise to ensure military athletes such as Marie Dupuis, Babe Mason, Tom Chesson, Mike Mercredi and Jim King a place in national and international competitions.

 

From the late 1950’s until the mid 1960’s, Canadian army track and field, boxing and soccer personnel trained by Terry were among the best qualified in Canada. Terry coached at the Pan Am Games of 1959 and 1967. During the same period, he was a coach on Canada’s Olympic boxing and soccer teams and in 1968, served as Canada’s national soccer coach.

Terry excelled at two careers, athletics and art; both pursued with passion and skill. Terry was an extra-ordinary athlete, a former European amateur boxing champion who boxed his way around army rings during and after WW2 while serving in the British army. Terry also coached at an elite level in soccer, fencing and track and field participating as a coach in multiple Olympic Games and for multiple sports. In 1964 he was a team official at the Tokyo Olympic Games. He served on administrative sports bodies and contributed to their policy and programs including the use of safety headgear for Canadian amateur boxers.

In 1965, while still in the Canadian Forces, and on behalf of the Canadian Soccer Federation Association (CFSA) Terry conducted a national survey, the results of which became the basis for various national standards. In 1968, as the National Clinic Director, he launched a four year plan for soccer clinics which across Canada which he proudly called an “exercise in imagination and experiment”.

 

Until his last days, Terry took pride in his physical fitness and did daily exercises to strengthen his core. In his late eighties, he had the fitness and strength of someone twenty years younger. He always gently encouraged others to enjoy the benefits of physical fitness.

 

After his sports career Terry turned his energy into becoming an art collector, a seller and buyer of paintings and ceramics. His home was filled with the art, paintings, clocks, glass art and sculpture that he loved. During his very last Sunday, he purchased a special find at the antique market.

 

After retiring from the Canadian armed forces, Terry became an entrepreneur in Toronto in ventures such as an Aspen-rent-a car company and a travel agency. At the same time, his second passion, art, evolved into a new career, one that would see Terry become a respected expert collector and dealer in 18th and 19th century paintings. Many Torontonians have a piece sold by Terry from one of his antique shops hanging in their home, with a vivid memory of the passionate man who sold it to them. 

 

Terry, at 92, remained an energetic, disciplined man ready to “ fight the fight”, appreciative of beauty in all its forms, charming and modest, gracious and warm, always willing to share a glass of wine with a good laugh and a wonderful story, and more times your story not his story.

 

A special thanks is owed to his health team, especially Dr. Maria Luigia Zorzitto and her team at St. Michael’s Hospital Elders Clinic and the Central Neighbourhood House who provided health care at home support , to Aldo for his weekly visits during the last years which enabled Terry to continue working, to Elizabeth  who remained a constant supportive friend for forty years , to Istar, his part time caregiver for many years and whom Terry considered “family”   and to Nomer, his compassionate  full time care giver for the past two months.

 

Terry was a remarkable man who left his mark on the world and on his friends and he will be missed.

 

In lieu of flowers, donations in Terry’s memory may be made to Central Neighbourhood House, 349 Ontario St. Toronto M5A 2V8 or to Regional Geriatric Program St. Michael’s Hospital 30 Bond St. Toronto M5B 1W8.

 

Visitation at St. James Cemetery Chapel at 635 Parliament St. Toronto commencing at 12 noon followed by service at 1pm on Monday June 23, 2014. Reception at nearby location following internment. Remembrances of Terry may be posted on website of Rosar-Morrison Funeral Home

(www.rosar-morrison.com).