Born and raised in Joliet, Terry played sports at Belmont Little League and at St. Joe’s Park in Joliet, according to Susan McFadden, Terry’s wife of almost 50 years.
Terry attended the former St. Mary Magdalene School in Joliet, St. Jude School in New Lenox and the former Joliet East High school, where he was the “star pitcher” of Joliet East’s baseball team, Susan said.
In fact, Terry’s “star” quality intrigued Susan when she met him during the summer of 1969, Susan said.
“It sounds shallow, but he was a jock and it was exciting to date this star of the baseball team," Susan said.
Ultimately, Terry’s loyalty and dedication drew Susan in.
“He was funny; he was supportive; and he was so protective. He gave me everything I needed to transition from Joliet Junior College to Illinois State; he did all that for me.
“He was helpful and he supported me in everything I wanted to do. He was not the husband who said, ‘I’d rather you do not it’ and then be angry with me about it. He never stood in my way, never.
"He and I were a great team. We agreed on everything when it came to raising the kids. We agreed on everything. But we were always in sync when it came to raising our family. And we still are. The number one thing in his life, and our life, is our family."
But a close second was the couple's commitment to the Joliet area. Susan, too, grew up in Joliet. She taught at Troy.
(Above, Terry and Susan enjoy ice cream at Walt's in 2016 in Joliet with their three sons: Dan, Jim and Chris).