Terry Herrington died peacefully in Barnsley Hospital on March 5, aged 85, and was known to many as a stalwart of the entertainment scene for more than five decades - including Bernie Clifton.
Terry was a lifelong friend of Bernie’s, who described him as ‘the go-to guy’ in the entertainment industry.
Bernie told the Chronicle: “Terry lived at Pogmoor and he was a complete - and it’s not a misuse of the word - legend.
“He was a very important presence in the entertainment scene in South Yorkshire for some considerable time.
“He then went onto be a piano teacher, and I’ve heard second and third hand from them about he helped them - he brought a lot to the area.”
Terry was known as a leading keyboard player, arranger and musical director, as well as the band leader at Greasbrough Social Club - then known as the ‘Palladium of the North’.
“I met Terry in 1968 at Greasbrough as I auditioned for clubland act of the year and it was the start of a great friendship,” Bernie added.
“I toured with Terry and it’s been a great journey with him - he was such a lovely man and very gentle.
“He had a very Yorkshire sense of humour and you can talk to any of the acts in that time and Terry was the man - the go-to guy.
“It’s impossible to overplay the importance he had on the club scene, he had such an effect on people’s careers.”
Terry was a dearly-loved husband to Lidiya, a much-loved dad, step dad, loving grandad, great grandad and a very good friend to all that knew him.
His funeral service will be held at Barnsley Crematorium on April 1.