Devoted widow’s brave tribute to a great picture editor 

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EULOGY: Terry’s widow Christine addresses mourners at the wake

TERRY EVANS  25 September 1945 – 7th April 2015

ASHLEY WALTON reports from the funeral of former Sunday Express Picture Editor TERRY EVANS, held at Chilterns Crematorium, Amersham on 27th April, 2015

THERE was an unforgettable moment of sheer courage and devotion which rose among all the emotional public tributes bidding farewell to one hugely popular Expressman.

Christine Evans climbed a staircase to rise above the scores of guests at the reception following her husband's cremation to make her own very personal tribute. 

Looking down at all the faces she told how she couldn't believe how many of Terry's former Express colleagues had turned out for this special day. 

"Terry loved the Excitement of Fleet Street. I will miss him forever,” she said.

It must have taken tremendous courage for Christine to have made this speech and she received a wave of applause. Terry, who adored his long lunches with show business contacts at his favourite restaurant Joe Allen in Londons Covent Garden, would have loved the theatricality of the moment taking place in the Kings Arms in Amersham where Four Weddings and a Funeral was filmed.

There was more raw emotion earlier at the Crematorium when Terry's son Jonathan asked: "How many ways can one life touch so many people?"

It was clear by the turnout and the dozens of personal letters of tribute that Terry was hugely popular.  Jonathan said: "All the letters say he was the kindest, most decent man you could hope to meet. Dad, you left us with  a great sense of pride."

Sunday Express Editor Martin Townsend told the congregation: "Terry was a wonderful man who was taken from us far too soon.

"He had many fine qualities and he took his work incredibly seriously."

Martin said that Terry was "a bit of a dandy" whose hero was Keith Richard of the Rolling Stones. "There was something of the swashbuckler about Terry."

He added: "Like Keith Richard, he lived for the moment and played by his own rules. He loved a glass or two of wine and those legendary Joe Allen lunches were astonishingly productive."

He said that Terry was also extremely brave, returning to work the moment he recovered from cancer,   acting as if nothing had happened.

"We are all going to miss him terribly.  He taught us how to work professionally … God Bless you Terry.” 

The nicest bloke in Fleet Street

The man who changed my life

A class act and a great character

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