R.I.P to my good friend Terry

Greetings, readers. It is with a heavy heart that I must let you know of the passing of my neighbor across the hall. Terry Stuart was a kind and gentle soul, always with a smile. He loved to play the piano, he laughed at my jokes, and enjoyed old movies.

I knew Terry for several years. Quite often he would come over and ask for help about a computer problem and I would be more than glad to lend a hand and solve it if I could. The last issue he had was with his printer; the problem was it kept printing the same page over and over. I never could figure that one out. That is where it gets funny. You always think you have more time to help people. But as Rebecca would say, Terry’s contract ran out.

I know all of our existences are finite, but somehow we always think we have more time to get things done. We really don’t know. Only the Lord does.

I shall miss my good friend Terry very much. During coffee hours he would often play the piano in the community room. I thought about asking our office manager to tape up a photograph of Terry, which I would give her, on the piano and she agreed.

Terry played the piano, sang, and read his own poetry at my performances. He performed during one of my Beatles shows, as one of the three Bedbugs who backed me up, on December 14, 2012. He played the piano and read a poem at my KISS show on December 20, 2013. Rebecca wrote about the Beatles show and the KISS show in these entries. I have a couple of pictures from his performances that I can share at the bottom.

It is a good thing that I had therapy yesterday. Among other topics I talked about, I talked about Terry quite a bit. I don’t like death, it scares me. Even though I believe in heaven and the afterlife, I still don’t feel like dying just yet.

I guess I’ll never really know what happened to Terry, my good friend, but this building, Addison Court, will be a lonelier place without him. Terry, I bid you a wonderful eternal rest. You were a good friend and I wish I had taken you to Maine two years ago. You would have loved it and the people would have loved you. Rest in peace, my friend.

Until next week, have a good weekend, give your loved ones a hug and enjoy them, and happy reading.

Terry Stuart playing piano and singing Christmas carols at my show of KISS songs December 20, 2013. Photo by Greg Brown.
Terry Stuart playing piano and singing Christmas carols at my show of KISS songs December 20, 2013. Photo by Greg Brown.

 

Terry Stuart reading a Christmas poem which he wrote, The Christmas Star, at my KISS show, December 20, 2013. Photo by Greg Brown.
Terry Stuart reading a Christmas poem which he wrote, The Christmas Star, at my KISS show, December 20, 2013. Photo by Greg Brown.

 

Terry Stuart at my show of KISS songs December 20, 2013. Photo by Greg Brown.
Terry Stuart at my show of KISS songs December 20, 2013. Photo by Greg Brown.
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2 thoughts on “R.I.P to my good friend Terry

  1. My name is Douglas Robb originally from State College, PA, and Terry Stuart and I grew up together. He lived in the same neighborhood as I did called Park Forest Village. We went to school together from elementary school through State college Area High School and both graduated from State High in 1972. I remember Terry very well and had many, many conversations with him through the years. He was a kind, thoughtful person and a good, intelligent conversationalist. He also shared my love of music. I remember one particular memory of Terry when he sang “Yesterday” in front of our 6th grade class at Fairmount High in 1966.

    I was also glad I got to spend some time with Terry at our Class of 1972 reunion in Aug. of 2012. We had a lovely time together catching up and reminiscing about our boyhood experiences and our time growing up together in State College. It was good seeing him again. I just saw this a few moments ago and it is a sad shock for me. So many of our old neighbors and classmates are leaving us now. But Terry is too young to go at 62.

    But, I’m glad he was in my life and will always value him as a friend and fellow classmate. Our old school has a unique bond because of the history and culture that surrounds our hometown called “Happy Valley.” I thank you, Joseph, for publishing this notice of Terry’s passing and appreciate you for doing so. I’m glad at least I get to send a proper goodbye to my old friend, neighbor and classmate. I’m glad you appreciated Terry and valued him as a friend, too.

    May God protect his soul and send him to paradise on his next adventure.

    Vaya con Dios, Terry!

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    1. Hi, Douglas. It is going to take me quite a while to get over the loss of my friend and neighbor, and I am glad to know that he had such good friends like you. Terry often laughed and joked and told stories. His laugh was infectious, as was his enthusiasm while playing bingo.
      We need more kind-hearted souls in this world like Terry. The apartment building seems empty without him. Never again to hear his piano playing will be a tough pill to swallow. Please do keep in touch if you wish. Thank you for reading the blog and being such a good friend to Terry.
      Take care,
      -Joseph-

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