Well-known local man, Terry Simpson, has lost his brave battle against liver failure, dying in Southport Hospital at the age of 63.

Originally from Croxteth, Liverpool, Terry had been grought up in Fazakerley Cottage Homes before starting work in Southport 45 years ago.

It was while working as a barman at the Windmill in Seabank Road that he met Jim and Anne Leatherbarrow and their daughter, Sandra, who eventually adopted him into their home and he quickly became a much loved member of their family.

A staunch Liverpool FC supporter, Terry played in the Southport Saturday and Sunday Leagues for the Gladstone Club and he was proud to be voted the Leagues’ Sportsman of the Year in 1980

Terry spent his working life in Southport working in the 1970’s as a waiter at the Bold Hotel in the 1970’s and later he was a favourite of shoppers at Sainsbury’s on Lord Street.

Terry never knew his real family and was delighted when Sandra’s daughter, Catherine, researched his ancestry and discovered that he had an American father who was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart for bravery in action in the Korean War.

By Ron Ellis

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