Terrance (Terry) Surles, of Hull, died at the Royal Nursing Home in Norwell on May 8 at the age of 66, after a long battle with liver cancer.
Born in North Carolina, Terry moved to Cambridge in 1967, at the height of the so-called hippie movement. As a talented musician and drummer, he quickly became embedded in the Boston music scene where he performed with many bands at many venues. He loved music and used his talent to travel the country performing wherever he could.
In 1997, Terry settled in Hull and became employed by the town’s Department of Public Works where he enjoyed working until 2009. During that time, he continued playing drums with a number of bands throughout the South Shore, including gigs at Hull’s popular venue, The C Note. His own band, Terry and the Pirates, played jazz, blues, country, folk, and rock and roll.
Terry was predeceased by his parents, John and Madeline (Purvis) Surles, as well as by his brother, Philip, and his sister, Phyllis. He was known as a kind, gentle soul who leaves behind no family but many friends with fond memories.
Terry’s service will be for all who wish to attend. It will be held on Thursday, June 24 at 10 a.m. at the Hull Village Cemetery, 5 Nantasket Ave., at the Columbarium on the side of the hill overlooking the town he loved. Please join in celebrating Terry’s life with a few readings from members of the South Shore Baptist Church where Terry found his faith.
As an expression of remembrance, memorial contributions can be made directly to any Rockland Trust branch to “The C Note Benefit Fund”; as well, contributions can be mailed to the South Shore Baptist Church Deacon Fund, 578 Main St., Hingham, MA 02043. Both funds were very dear to Terry’s heart.