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Captain Terry Absalom - bmi

Old 25th Aug 2006, 21:17
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Captain Terry Absalom - bmi

I heard that Terry passed away last weekend after a 5 year illness. Thoughts are with Lisa and Jason. He was a fantastic guy with an amazing sense of humour.
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Old 25th Aug 2006, 21:27
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I think this is the same Terry Absalom who was a teacher 25-30 odd years ago at a schoo lin Essex? If so this is the guy who galvanised my interest in aviation - the school visits he organised to Southend Airport were great! Thanks Terry, you were an inspiration.
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Old 25th Aug 2006, 23:00
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Yes you are correct. Terry lived in Southend, moved to Buckinghamshire and retired in Suffolk. He started off as a teacher in Southend before taking to the skys.
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Old 26th Aug 2006, 08:56
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A really nice guy with a good taste in classic cars if I remember rightly
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Old 26th Aug 2006, 11:58
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If it's the Terry Absalom I recall at Southend, I'm pretty sure he flew Carvairs for BAF? If that's the case they were all great guys flying an amazing flying machine. In a split cargo/pax config, horses' tails would swish around just above - and made contact? - with the pax meals as they were being prepared.
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Old 26th Aug 2006, 15:30
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Terry was that teacher, he latterly flew for BMI out of Heathrow. He was a very pleasant professional pilot and very sociable.

He was also based at Luton(with who I cant remember) for a time where he unfortunately met a rather nasty young lady that after they both joined BMI fleeced him something rotten and then went off with a BMI FO.Terry took it and handled it all very well and it is that reason alone I mention this

Terry also worked for Janus at Lydd.

RIP Terry
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Old 26th Aug 2006, 17:42
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Thats the problem if they are "that" young, in relation to oneself. Nice chap, but spent a bit of time whilst a BALPA rep rather obviously angling for a management position. I suppose the mods will remove this , but if you were there ,etc etc. Still, "never speak ill of the dead" they say, and this was always par for the course for any BALPA rep in BM in that era.
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Old 26th Aug 2006, 20:53
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RIP Terry. Thoughts with your family.
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Old 28th Aug 2006, 07:58
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I also remember Terry fondly from his Southend days.

I remember one occasion flying with him as FTO on a C. of A airtest in a heavily ballasted Cherokee Six. We were just about to shoot an ILS at STN when the oil temp rose sharply and the oil pressure fell alarmingly. We hastily returned to SEN and just managed to taxy clear of 06 before the engine siezed. Apparently, during top-overhaul of the engine someone had forgotten to clear out the residue of the sand-blasting procedure so a lovely sand/oil mix was being pumped around the engine.

Terry wasn't phased by this drama and his lively sense of humour always brightened up the day.

RIP Terry and my condolences to your family.
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Old 28th Aug 2006, 16:28
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So sorry to hear this news. Best wishes to his family.
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Old 29th Aug 2006, 01:23
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Terry gave me my first airline job-on the Herald night freighting from LTN.I remember the female he became entangled with as well!!I last saw him almost 10 years ago in the bar at the airport hotel at EMA.A gentleman who will be sorely missed.
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Old 29th Aug 2006, 04:22
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Good man

Always sorely missed on a BFS night-stop, to name but just one venue. Terry was kind, generous, thoughtful, decisive and able. An aviator and a good human being.
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Old 29th Aug 2006, 07:46
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Many memories of Terry and his humour, most of it delightfully un PC! My thoughts are with his familly.

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Old 29th Aug 2006, 13:48
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I first met Terry when he set up Pinnacle Oil. A charming person, and great sense of humour. I would always make time if Terry came down. A great story teller.


Is Jason still racing motorbikes ?
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Old 29th Aug 2006, 20:52
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I had the pleasure of being taught by Terry Absalom in Southend in the late 70s.
Aviation studies CSE at Cecil Jones High School..............a very enthuiastic and entertaining character, perhaps not the worlds best teacher, I wonder what he must of thought of all this latter day PC nonsense ! Always seemed that he was teaching as a fill in between "Real" jobs.
Remember working on a pair of Auster wings in the school sports hall, Terry really upset the senior sports teacher over the mess being made by 20 year old fabric and sellotape but he just laughed it off..............visits to the airport to clean some of the flying club aircraft, and enjoying a beer in the bar afterwards ( still in school uniform )

Happy memories !
RIP Terry

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Old 30th Aug 2006, 20:08
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Anybody from Janus/SouthEast Air here?
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Old 1st Sep 2006, 22:38
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Cornwallis you didnt work for Secricor air at BHX did you?
I remember Terry working with a scouser FO who was at BHX on the Herald and ex Janus

By the ay I used to fly Mr Hard around!!!!!
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Old 23rd Sep 2006, 21:15
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life goes on
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Old 6th Oct 2006, 22:33
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Wow! This is Terry's son Jason - I've only just been made aware of this thread by Lisa! I'm blown away, thanks SO much for all your (mostly!) kind comments!

I WISH I could see the real names of all the posters on this thread, as I'm sure I'd know some of you! For example, I remember the Janus/South East Air era very well, and some of the very same events you mention above I've recently been reading in my Dad's (unfinished) autobiography! Amazing!

Happy to answer any questions.

Thanks again,

Jason Absalom.
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