Terrence “Terry” Kilbride, 81, passed away Saturday, March 11th, 2023, surrounded by his family, after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease.
Terry was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, to the late Leo and Ellen (Flieger) Kilbride. Terry is survived by his loving wife Ferne, his brother Stanley, his sons Chris (Mylene), Rob (Tina) and grandchildren Emile, Audrey, Lily and Samuel.
In 1959, Terry attended U.N.B where he got his Master’s degree in History. In University, Terry was an avid and very talented badminton player. He placed first in mixed doubles for the province of New Brunswick and continued to enjoy the sport for many years later. At U.N.B, Terry met the love of his life, Ferne (Speedy) Kilbride, who sat in front of him in History class. Terry and Ferne were married in 1967 and celebrated their honeymoon at Expo 67 in Montreal. One of the best ways to learn the true nature of Terry’s kind heart was to see him with Ferne - never an unkind word was spoken in their 56 years of marriage.
In 1969, Terry moved to Sudbury, Ontario where he became a professor of psychology at Cambrian College. Between 1970 and 1973, Terry and Ferne’s two boys, Chris and Rob were born. His children were a great source of pride to Terry. In 1977, the family moved to South Carolina, where Terry got his Masters degree in psychology from the University of South Carolina. The family returned for several summers to visit the friends they’d made and complete their studies, thus beginning a long tradition of cross-country family road trips. Terry loved these times with the family.
Terry and Ferne retired in 1998, spending a year in Phoenix Arizona, and then returning to live for 17 years in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Terry enjoyed traveling with Ferne to their favourite spot in Spain.
Terry was overjoyed to see his family expand with the marriages of Rob and Tina and Chris and Mylene. Terry adored the company of his new grandchildren, Emile, Audrey, Lily and Samuel.
Terry and Ferne spent relaxing summers in Burnt Church where they stayed at Grandmere’s lighthouse on Miramichi Bay. Terry would play several rounds of golf daily, followed by family card games, and sit out on the front porch bird watching and listening to the ocean.
As we continue this tradition for years to come and watch the birds landing on the surf by the lighthouse, Terry will be remembered. We love and miss you.
Terry’s funeral will be held on Saturday, August 12th at 2:00 pm at the Wilmot United Church in Fredericton, NB.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Parkinson Canada at https://www.parkinson.ca/