Terrance “Terry” Benedict Regan
1952 – 2021
Terrance “Terry” Benedict Regan of Nelson Miramichi, NB husband of Linda (Ahern) Regan passed away at his residence on Sunday, August 29, 2021 at the age of 68. Born in Newcastle, NB, he is the son of Theresa (Gill) and the late Benedict Regan.
Terry was a retired engineer from Canadian National Railway. He was a softball coach in Nelson for 30 + years, and was inducted into the NB Softball Hall of Fame as a coach. Terry was a proud father to his three children and grandfather to his six grandchildren.
What does it mean to be a great father? It’s not a simple question to answer as I’m sure the meaning of “great” would vary from person to person. However, I think that most would agree on some general criteria: 1. A great father loves his family. 2. A great father makes sacrifices to provide for his wife and children. 3. A great father sets an admirable example for his children to follow. 4. A great father is stern when necessary but always approachable. 5. A great father encourages his children and gives them opportunities in life.
If someone were to assess my father, Terry Regan under these guidelines, they could certainly check all of the boxes. Whether it was coaching softball, driving to hockey practice before the sun came up, packing up the car to send kids off to college or lying on the frozen ground in –25 degrees to fix a faulty fuel pump, where he was needed was where he would be.
A great man has left us today. We will miss him dearly and we are deeply saddened. In times such as these it is hard to find a silver lining but for me, as a father myself, it is as clear as a fresh sheet of ice or a newly lined ball field. When I need an example of how to be a great father, I don’t have to look very far.
Terry is survived by his mother: Theresa; his wife: Linda; children: Andrew (Min Jung) of South Korea, Lori (Mike Cameron) of Moncton, NB and Jeremy (Sarah) Ottawa, ON; grandchildren: River, Sean, Chase, Piper, Oliver and Hailey; sister: Rosemary Doyle (Terry) of Nelson, NB; brothers: Ricky (Janice) of Alberta, Ralph “Rat” (Roxanne) of Miramichi, NB and Robert (Sue) of Douglasfield, NB, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Terry is predeceased by his father: Benedict; sisters: Paula Bosma and Carmelita Losier.
Visitation will take place at Bell’s Funeral Home, Miramichi on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 from 2:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated from St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Miramichi on Thursday, September 2, 2021 at 11:00 AM with Father Anthony Dass Papu officiating. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery.
As expressions of sympathy, in Terry’s memory, donations may be made to SPCA-Miramichi. Messages of condolence for the family can be sent through the funeral home website at www.bellsmeadows.com
Funeral arrangements are under the care of Bell’s Funeral Home, 651 King George Highway, Miramichi, NB. E1V 1N9. Telephone: 622-3600.
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