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Tributes paid to a 'brilliant wife, mother and grandmother' killed in car crash
TRIBUTES have been paid to a 'brilliant wife, mother and grandmother' who was killed in a car crash in Maple Cross.
Terry O'Neil, 60, of Ruislip, died when the black Rover 75 she was travelling in collided with a red Alfa Romeo in Denham Way, near to Troy Sailing Club on Sunday, January 9.
Mrs O'Neil, a long-time member of Haste Hill Golf Club in Northwood, is survived by her husband of 38 years, Michael, son, Mark, daughter, Sharon, daughter-in-law, Pascale, and son-in-law, George.
Mr O'Neil, who met his wife at a disco bar in 1973, said: "We are all in such shock by what has happened. Terry was a wonderful person, she brought light with her everywhere she went and was a brilliant wife, mother, grandmother and friend.
"She stayed at home and brought up the children. She was one hundred and ten per cent at everything she did.
"She made friends everywhere she went. Since this has happened we have been hearing from so many people, she touched so many lives. Terry was also a brilliant cook - she was old school and could make a tasty and good meal out of anything."
Born in Perivale in 1950, Mrs O'Neil was one of five children and began her working life as a hairdresser in Petts Hill, Northolt, before becoming a mobile hairdresser.
She later worked at Eastcote Sports Shop and most recently was a receptionist at AAH Pharmaceuticals in South Ruislip.
A keen sportswoman, Mrs O'Neil was well known for her golfing ability and also enjoyed playing badminton.
Friend and fellow Haste Hill golf club member, Maggie McCann, said: "Terry was just a wonderful and truly lovely person. She was also caring and very kind. Everyone loved her because she was so thoughtful with a great attitude to life.
"Terry was also an excellent golfer. Her two main loves in life were her family and her golf. They are what she lived for. She loved her family so much and was so proud of them. Everybody at the golf club is devastated by what has happened. We will miss her so much."
Lady captain at the golf club, Freda Capitelli, said: "Terry was a gem, a great golfer and lovely, kind friend, always smiling and ready to help everyone.
"She contributed much to the club and was a long standing committee member. She represented the club in many matches. She will be greatly missed by us all at Haste Hill."
Pascale O'Neil, Terry's daughter-in-law added: "Terry took up golf because she did not want to become a golf widow but she ended up winning more than Michael. We all used to joke about it."
Terry's family and the club are hoping to erect a plaque at the club in her memory.
Mr O'Neil added: "There is so much I could and want to say about Terry, she was a wonderful person. We will love her forever and will never forget her."
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