Blachardstown/Tullamore local papers.Terry Hilliard
Posted by Valerie Craigie on 15 Nov 11
Paddy Molloy is on his 2nd Niall Mellon Township Trust Building Blitz. Last November he travelled with good friend Terry Hilliard but this year Terry isn’t here not because he didn’t want to return, he did and had planned to do so but earlier this year, still only in his forties he suffered encephalitis and on the 18th January 2011 Terry died leaving behind his wife, children, family, friends and his Royal Blue Blitz team mates. The last time Paddy saw his friend was at last year’s blitz wrap party and so returning is particularly poignant. Paddy grew up in Blanchardstown and he moved to Tullamore. There he worked as a post man but in Cape Town he was a plasterer/painter/tiler and labourer. Terry loved the spirit of the blitz and the bonds of friendships formed there. Always one for enjoying a laugh and a joke, the camaraderie amongst the workers, young and old and from every county and walk of life and the joy in helping to build houses that would become a home for grandparents, parents and their children alike kept Terry coming back. It’s because of this that his friends brought with them a sign, designating the street on which they build their houses ‘Terry Hilliard Street,’ already erected it was hung with great pride on the first house marking the beginning of the street and in doing so they have left a little part of Terry’s spirit behind in Witsand Township. The sign will be taken care of by grateful locals just as the many plaques and signs that are left behind on houses and streets in Imizamo Yethu, Mfuleni, Freedom Park, Khayelitsha, Mbekweni and Wallacedene commemorating friends and family who have been loved and lost. Terry Hilliard is now part of a growing community of Irish whose lives are celebrated and their kindness acknowledged by the townships across Cape Town, South Africa.