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Sad farewell to top geezer’ Terry, triple tragedy crash victim

PUBLISHED: 23:57 28 January 2009 | UPDATED: 14:00 05 October 2010

Friends carry Terry's coffin into St Anne's RC Church

Friends carry Terry's coffin into St Anne's RC Church

THE funeral of the first of three friends killed in a tragic road crash on the A12 was packed by 200 mourners as 23-year-old Terry Pluck was laid to rest. Terry’s mother Carol told family and friends at his funeral service that her son was a “top geezer”

By Julia Gregory

THE funeral of the first of three friends killed in a tragic road crash on the A12 was packed by 200 mourners as 23-year-old Terry Pluck was laid to rest.

Terry’s mother Carol told family and friends at his funeral service that her son was a “top geezer.”

His coffin arrived at St Anne’s Roman Catholic church in Whitechapel, in London’s East End, carried by six pallbearers.

Children from his former primary school opposite the church silently lined the pavement.

Terry, a plumber from Bow, died in the back seat of a silver Mini Cooper with two friends, Natalie Mifsud also from Bow and Ashlie Plummer from nearby Poplar, when it mounted a grass verge and ploughed into a tree along the Eastern Avenue at Chadwell Heath, near Ilford, on January 18. The driver and front seat passenger survived.

Terry’s mum told the congregation yesterday that her thoughts were with all the families affected by the tragedy.

Some friends at the funeral wore multi-coloured socks on their left feet in memory of Terry.

One explained: “We were asked to dress up in our party best because Terry was all about partying.”

Another said Terry “had the heart of a lion” and revealed that he had competed in a charity boxing match recently.

A message from his best friend Jack Beacon was read out at the service: “I will love you forever—you were not just my best friend, you were my big brother.”

The two young women who died had known each other from primary school in Wapping where they grew up.

Police are appealing for drivers or anyone in Eastern Avenue who may have seen the silver Mini Cooper at 2.45pm on Sunday, January 18, to contact them on 020-8597 4874.


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