WHITE – Terry Lee was born in Maple Creek, Sask. on September 26, 1946. He passed away in the Palliative Care Unit of the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital on September 13, 2016.
Terry is survived by his wife Doreen, his daughter Paulette, his son Darren and his wife Jodi, along with their sons Avery and Aiden and his daughter Susan (Scot Youngblut). His siblings Kim White, Judy Powroznik, Lynda (Sunny) Barroby, Wendy (Laverne) Lund, Clay White. Also his sister-in-law Darla White, brother-in-law Dave (Marilyn) Lewis and sister-in-law Marlene Hallam. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Terry was pre-deceased by his grandparents Samuel and Belle White, and Harry and Theresa Barnstable; his parents Jack and Harriet White, and his father and mother-in-law Tommy and Elsie Lewis; brother Danny White; sister-in-law Sandra White; brothers-in-law Robert Powroznik, Brian Lewis, Warren Lewis and Rick Hallam and nephew Troy Hallam.
Terry attended school from grades 1-12 in Maple Creek. In high school, Terry took a keen interest in drama. He was a great performer. The highlight of his participation in drama came in 1962 when the production he was staring in won the provincial championship. While still in school, Terry spend a couple of summers haying at the George Naismith ranch in the Cypress Hills. It was hard work in those days, but Terry loved it out there. Following graduation in 1964, Terry went to work for SaskPower doing construction projects in Northern Saskatchewan. Terry returned to Maple Creek and went to work at Cypress Motors in the auto body shop with his brother-in-law Sunny Barroby. It was the beginning of a career that Terry would excel at for over 40 years. Time spent at technical school in Moose Jaw during his early years as well as at the newly established “Sunny’s Autobody” earned Terry his Journeyman’s papers in his chosen profession.
Terry met the love of his life, Doreen Lewis from Robsart, and in 1968 they were married. In 1970 they began their family with the arrival of daughter Paulette. In 1973 they welcomed son Darren and in 1976 another daughter Susan. During these early years, Terry took two years of (1973-75) to work at Fort Walsh in the Cypress Hills. During these years Terry renewed his love of the Cypress Hills. He had spent much time there when growing up and would continue to visit the hills every chance he could. In camping trips with the family, day long picnics and many a fishing trip, he solidified his life-long connection to the hills.
Terry’s life was rooted in Maple Creek, surrounded by many friends and family. As with many lives in small towns, Terry participated in the normal rituals of raising a family. Coaching hockey and driving to away games, sitting in the stands or audience of all the kid’s events. Even playing a little “Old-timers” hockey himself. Over the years Terry built himself a new garage and workshop and began to do many woodworking projects, making furniture for many a friend and family member; his attention to detail and patience would make these pieces priceless to those who received them. An exciting and rewarding chapter for Terry was the arrival of his grandsons; Avery in 1998 and Aiden in 2001. He had renewed joy in teaching boys about nature, fishing and camping.
Over the years Terry took many vacations to many destinations. But nothing was ever as good to Terry as home and the Cypress Hills. People search far and wide for their “Eden.” Some are successful, some are not. Terry was wise enough to know he was born in his Eden, close to the Cypress Hills and surrounded by the people he loved. We will all remember and miss him in roles as husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, but mostly as a gentle man.