Terry Edis, chair of both the Walsall Alliance of Tenant Management Organisations and the National Federation of Tenant Management Organisations, died on Thursday 3 November 2011 after a period of ill health.
Terry touched many lives and his love, friendship, support, advice and leadership will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Terry became involved in tenant management in the early 1990’s – concerned about the housing conditions in which he and his neighbours lived and about the general decline in his neighbourhood. Terry was a founder member of the successful Burrowes Street TMO which was established to help reverse that decline. He was later a key figure in the creation of WATMOS, a unique tenant led housing association made up of eight Walsall TMOs, and led a new and successful phase in the development of the NFTMO.
Terry also became a key figure in the leadership of the national tenants’ movement, helping to bring the national tenants bodies together in order to promote the interests of tenants with government.
His warmth and interest in people made him a respected and popular figure, not just in his local community, but in his dealings with other tenant’s organisations, government agencies and ministers. Terry’s voluntary work was acknowledged in 2008 when he was awarded the MBE in the New Year’s Honours List.
The NFTMO would not have developed and strengthened in the last decade without Terry’s energy and vision.
MEMO has expressed deepest sympathy and best wishes to Terry’s wife Joan and family at this time of their great loss.