Tributes paid to crash victim

12 January 2011, 15:01 | Updated: 12 January 2011, 15:05

The family of a lady who died following a road traffic collision in Maple Cross on Sunday have paid tribute to her.

Terry O’Neil , 60, sadly died when the black Rover 75 she was travelling in was in collision with a red Alfa Romeo near to the Troy sailing club on Denham Way at around 9.25 am on Sunday (January 9th).

Terry leaves behind her husband of 38 years Michael, son Mark and daughter Sharon, daughter – in –law Pascale and son – in –law George and three grandchildren.

Born in Perivale in 1950, Terry was one of five children and started her working life as a hairdresser in Petts Hill, Middlesex and then became a mobile hairdresser.

Later in life Terry also worked at Eastcote Sports shop and most recently was a receptionist at AAH Pharmaceuticals in South Ruislip.

Michael met Terry at a disco bar and the couple married at St Mary’s Church in Northolt Village in 1973.

Michael said: “We are all in such shock by what has happened. Terry was a wonderful person, she brought light with her everywhere she went and was a brilliant wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She stayed at home and brought up the children. She was one hundred and ten per cent at everything she did. She made friends everywhere she went. Since this has happened we have been hearing from so many people, she touched so many lives. Terry was also a brilliant cook – she was old school and could make a tasty and good meal out of anything.”

Terry also enjoyed playing Badminton and used to play for the Moonrakers club in Northolt.

Terry was also an excellent golf player and was a member of the Haste Hill Golf Club where she was well known for her golfing skills.

Maggie McCann, friend and fellow club member, said: “Terry was just a wonderful and truly lovely person. She was also caring and very kind. Everyone loved her because she was so thoughtful with a great attitude to life.”

“Terry was also an excellent golfer. Her two main loves in life were her family and her golf. They are what she lived for. She loved her family so much and was so proud of them. Everybody at the golf club is devastated by what has happened. We will miss her so much.”

Pascale O’Neil, Terry’s daughter – in -law added: “Terry took up golf because she did not want to become a golf widow but she ended up winning more than Michael. We all used to joke about it.”

Terry’s family and the club are hoping to erect a plaque at the club in her memory.

Terry and Michael also enjoyed holidays and were frequent visitors to Lanzarote and had also recently been talking of their retirement.

Michael added: “There is so much I could and want to say about Terry, she was a wonderful person. We will love her forever and will never forget her.”