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Terry Chandler

PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2008 11:52 pm
by Barry
Monday 15th December 2008
Well today was the very sad saying of goodbyes to Terry, in a service that saw streams of tears but a lot of laughter as well, and a moment of spontaneous applause, that could have been inappropriate but was just so right, and so heartfelt. He would have approved and probably milked it. Terry was the most significant of people down at the Garrick, central to everything, and in effect, it's heart, and with his sudden death ten days ago, a lot, and I mean a lot of people, have been stunned and shocked. It's hard to underestimate the effect he had on people and the building, and like the world of animation, that building is an extended family, grieving when someone is lost. It was so touching to see how many people turned up today, and Neville's eulogy was pitch perfect, talking firstly and most importantly about his family, and then the Garrick, and with the right lightness. It was inevitable that 'I am what I am' would be played (Terry's signature part was Albin in La cage aux folles - see him in action in the photos in my gallery from June this year), and I was slightly dreading it, but the way the organist played it was very subtle and warm and tender. The Garrick is definitely a poorer place without him, but he was given a perfect joyous send off today. Ann and Laura were magnificent, thinking about others - that is a family trait. A sad day indeed, but a fitting testament. Goodbye Terry.