Birnbeck Pier author Stan dies, aged 82

PUBLISHED: 07:00 01 August 2012

Stan Terrell.

Stan Terrell.


A WORLE author and historian who devoted his time to creating a book on the history of Birnbeck Pier has died.

Stan Terrell, aged 82, of Ryecroft Avenue, gave numerous talks on the site and wrote the book A Short History Of Birnbeck Pier in 1996. Last year he decided to update his work after the pier was taken over by Wahid Samady and Michael Ross.

In an article on Stan’s book, which was featured in the Mercury last year, the author said: “I would just like to see something happen rather than it fall down, perhaps something could be done to resemble it in its early days, which entertained so many people. But it’s just important that it is maintained and saved.”

Stan, who was a well-known historian and member of the Friends Of The Old Pier Society, died on July 26 at the Bristol Royal Infirmary.

Stan and his wife Betty have lived in Ryecroft Avenue for 46 years, and Stan lived in Weston from the age of eight. He worked at Westlands in Weston for 38 years, where he trained many young staff. Stan was also interviewed at some length by Michael Portillo regarding the pier, in an episode of his programme Great British Railway Journeys.

Stan leaves his wife Betty, daughters Sue, Gill and Christine.

He had four grandchildren, Catherine, Stuart, James and Josh, plus two great-grandsons Tyler and Oscar.

Matthew Evans, husband of Catherine, said: “Stan was a cornerstone of the family, whom we have all learnt from and whose opinions and wisdom on life we’ve always valued.

“He loved life and his family, and will be deeply missed by us all.”

Stan’s funeral service will be at Milton Baptist Church on August 7 at 1pm.

All friends of Stan will be welcomed by the family.

A Short History of Birnbeck Pier is available in Waterstones, in Weston’s Sovereign Shopping Centre and some of the funds will go towards the Friends Of The Old Pier Society.

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