Sunday, 01 March 2015

Tributes paid as 'tireless' housing veteran dies

Terry Edis, chair of both the Walsall Alliance of Tenant Management Organisations and the National Federation of Tenant Management Organisations, died yesterday (Thursday 3 November) after a period of ill health.

A life-long social housing tenant, 66-year-old Mr Edis spent the past 20 years spearheading tenant management in the west midlands.

As chair of NFTMO, Mr Edis was one of four national tenant organisation representatives being consulted by the government on policies that touch the lives of residents up and down the country.

He began chairing 1,700-home WATMOS Community Homes, a housing association formed of eight tenant management organisations operating across Walsall, in 2002.

In 2008, his voluntary work was acknowledged with an MBE.

Roy Read, deputy chair of the NFTMO, said: ‘Terry not only helped to improve the lives of people in Walsall. He shared his knowledge and experience with hundreds of communities around the country. His friendship, support, and leadership will be irreplaceable.’

Ursula Barrington, chief executive of WATMOS Community Homes, said:  ‘Terry’s tireless energy and commitment to improving conditions for tenants had a lasting impact on hundreds if not thousands of people. 

‘He ensured people were empowered to drive services and take control of their communities to develop sustainable, safe places in which people wish to live.  We will ensure his work is continued and he will be greatly missed by us all, a truly inspirational person to have known.’

Michelle Reid, chief executive of Tenant Participation Advisory Service, said: ‘It has been an honour to work with Terry for the past three years, during difficult times for tenants of social housing. Terry’s absolute and unerring commitment to tenant control was inspiring.

‘He will be missed as a great tenant leader and as a lovely and caring man. Our thoughts are with Terry’s wife Joan and their family, as well as all our colleagues at NFTMO and WATMOS.’

Readers' comments (7)

  • What a shame. I met Terry once, and he was a lovely guy.

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  • How sad, the article and the tributes get it right. I met Terry over the years, being interviewed by him for work, attending conferences with him, listening to him talk or hosting visits to Burrowes Street. A real character who gave the lie to the cheap and nasty stereotypes of social housing tenants seen too often in the media.
    My thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.

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  • Terry was the first tenant I met who made me realise that I coud play a part inchanging my neighbourhood. A lovely man and I I am sure he will be sadly missed.

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  • Lee Page

    My condolences to Terry's family.

    A good guy who gave selflessly to enable residents to be given the opportunity to take control of their homes. He was rightly proud of the achievements of WATMOS which will be a lasting tribute to his efforts.

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  • Bill Pearson

    Terry will be sorely missed. I remember when there were only 8 of us meeting in a wooden hut in Wolverhampton to form the NFTMO not knowing if it would succeed and Terry was driving it forward along with another member Kath Quinn MBE who was one of the originators.

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  • Paul Lusk

    Thanks for this. ATIC members have been sending in appreciations and we've put together this tribute:
    Terry was a wonderful person. The words “larger than life” are ones that genuinely apply. He was large of spirit and generosity - a great personality who gave real leadership .Terry blazed the trail for many and provided great mentoring support to developing groups. He will be sorely missed by many for his understanding of tenants’ issues and his drive for change. He will be remembered with affection by many more. The world is a lesser place with his leaving it.

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  • R.I.P to an amazing grandad life was short but was never a dull moment

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