Tribute to caring major
PUBLISHED: 10:46 04 April 2008 | UPDATED: 08:58 10 June 2010
TRIBUTE was paid this week to an army major who went on to become a tireless worker for the blind and partially sighted. Major Terence Rex Corkery was born in Exmouth in 1916.
TRIBUTE was paid this week to an army major who went on to become a tireless worker for the blind and partially sighted.
Major Terence Rex Corkery was born in Exmouth in 1916.
He had a fulfilling and eventful life and was married for 54 years to Ann.
Their life together, as Ann said, 'was like following the drum, exciting and varied', especially during his 22-year service with the Tank Regiment both during the Second World War and afterwards.
He served in France and Holland, where he was wounded during the drive for the Rhine.
His recovery took 12 months and he went on to serve in Germany, Korea, India, Iraq, Iran and Cyprus.
In Cyprus he was director of intelligence and was mentioned in despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service.
The couple moved back to Devon in 1960, living in Exmouth and Woodbury Salterton.
Major Corkery became a Justice of the Peace, chairing the Exmouth Bench for many years, as well as working for the Devon and Cornwall Police Authority and the Samaritans.
He worked tirelessly and voluntarily with various agencies and committees for the blind and the partially sighted and was a major force in amalgamating the Western and Southern regional associations in 1974, becoming chairman in 1986.
He was chairman of the East Devon Conservative Association between 1971 - 1974 and President from 1978 - 1981.
He was also an active and committed Mason, being initiated in January 1946 into the Value of Culm Lodge, Uffculme, which had been founded by his father-in-law, Henry New. Major Corkery later became a founder member of Bishop Surtees Chapter Rose Croix Number 628 in Exmouth.
He was awarded the OBE for his services to the community in 1985 and appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Devon in the same year.
He was the father of two sons, Martin and James, grandfather to eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Many will remember a man whose stern military bearing hid a loyal and kind heart.
A Memorial Service will be held at St Mary's Church, Uffculme, at noon on Monday, April 14.
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