Terry Smale

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Re: Terry Smale

Post by AndrewB » Wed Feb 17, 2021 8:13 pm

I enjoyed speaking with Terry in response to a question or two I asked at the weekly Zoom presentations. This was the closest I got to meeting him, unless he was a presenter at my local branch back in the 90’s during my first period of membership, obviously I can’t recall if he was.

From what he said at the weekly presentations, which he clearly enjoyed, I expect he was growing something other than mesembs back then!

His death is sad and he will be missed, my sympathies to his wife, family and friends.
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Re: Terry Smale

Post by Chris43 » Wed Feb 17, 2021 8:41 pm

Terry was a fount of much knowledge and expertise. I was always impressed by his knowledge and his willingness to pass it on in a helpful and kind manner. The world is a poorer place for his passing.
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Re: Terry Smale

Post by Al Laius » Wed Feb 17, 2021 10:56 pm

I met Terry on numerous occasions and have communicated regularly with him as he was a major contributor to the CactusWorld journal in recent years. His knowledge of many different plant families, not just succulent ones, was vast as were his cultivation abilities.

I will miss him terribly. But he will still be with us as he wrote a lengthy article on Conophytum cultivation just a few weeks ago, which he suggested be published in the September CactusWorld so you will hear from him again!

Condolences to Jennifer.

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Re: Terry Smale

Post by ChrisR » Thu Feb 18, 2021 9:31 am

It was a great pleasure for us to name Conophytum smaleorum for Terry and Jen and both myself and Andy Young thought it well deserved. I knew Terry since The mid 1980's and our shared interest in Conophytum meant we stayed friends ever since. We had planned a field trip together in 1999 but my cancer diagnosis put paid to that so it unfortunately never happened. His early demise is a great loss to Jen, the hobby and to everyone who knew him, but through his writing and his cono, his name and memory lives on.
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Re: Terry Smale

Post by Marisa » Thu Feb 18, 2021 12:58 pm

I knew him from reading his advice around here but he conveyed so much generosity and kindness.
Thank you for naming a Conophytum after him, it is a beautiful tribute that is well deserved.
I'm very sorry for the loss of him. My condolences to Jennifer, her family and friends.
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Re: Terry Smale

Post by MatDz » Thu Feb 18, 2021 1:21 pm

Al Laius wrote:
Wed Feb 17, 2021 10:56 pm
[...]
I will miss him terribly. But he will still be with us as he wrote a lengthy article on Conophytum cultivation just a few weeks ago, which he suggested be published in the September CactusWorld so you will hear from him again!

Condolences to Jennifer.

Al
I'd happily buy a "Terry's special issue" to have all of his (shared to date) knowledge in one place.
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Re: Terry Smale

Post by el48tel » Thu Feb 18, 2021 2:20 pm

MatDz wrote:
Thu Feb 18, 2021 1:21 pm
Al Laius wrote:
Wed Feb 17, 2021 10:56 pm
[...]
I will miss him terribly. But he will still be with us as he wrote a lengthy article on Conophytum cultivation just a few weeks ago, which he suggested be published in the September CactusWorld so you will hear from him again!

Condolences to Jennifer.

Al
I'd happily buy a "Terry's special issue" to have all of his (shared to date) knowledge in one place.
A tribute issue or section would be a worthy idea
Endeavouring to grow Aeoniums, Aylostera, Echinocereus, Echinopsis, Gymnocalycium, Lithops, Matucana, Rebutia, and Sulcorebutia.
Currently being wooed by Haworthia, attempting hybridisation, and enticed by Mesembs.
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Re: Terry Smale

Post by tonyironscacti » Thu Feb 18, 2021 5:11 pm

Just heard the news. So sad to hear of his passing....he will be sadly missed not only by myself but many others in the plant world, that were touched by his gentle knowledge, willingly imparted to all that listened. Tony.
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Re: Terry Smale

Post by MaciejW » Fri Feb 19, 2021 7:30 am

I have met Terry on number of occasions and I was also lucky to visit him and Jenny. His knowledge on all geophytes was second to none. He will be truly missed.

Condolences to Jenny.
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Re: Terry Smale

Post by BrianMc » Fri Feb 19, 2021 9:25 am

It truly was a shock to hear of Terry's passing when I joined the BCSS Zoom meeting on Tuesday night. Although I have known of Terry by reputation and his writings for many years, it wasn't until I began attending the MSG Banstead event from 2012 onwards that I conversed with him. Any comment or observation made by Terry was worthy of consideration. I can only add to what others have written, about his generosity in sharing his well respected knowledge and his kindness in taking the time he took to show me around his collection when I visited him and Jennifer.

It is clear by the response of people around the world, on different social media platforms, how much Terry has had an impact on people, their lives and their hobbies. Although there is no doubt that his legacy and influence will live on, through his writings and his plants, the world of succulents and geophytes has been left with a huge void. The BCSS, MSG and horticulture in general has lost one of its elderly statesmen and it feels like we have lost a national treasure.

My sincere condolences go to Jennifer at this very sad and difficult time.

R.I.P Terry
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