TERENCE William (Terry) Toms, who was born and passed much of his life in the hamlet of Middleton, has died.

Mr Toms was born in 1937. At the age of 15, he went to the building school at East Cowes having already decided to be a carpenter.

One of his early memories was of cycling daily, tools on his handlebars, to work in the private Catholic chapel at Weston Manor, which he found a memorable experience.

At 18, he was one of the last intake to do his National Service. He spent most of the two years on Salisbury Plain then, on being demobbed, he decided to work for himself.

It was a good decision, as such was his craftsmanship, he was always in demand. Much of his work is still visible around the West Wight, not least his final working months spent in restoring Dimbola Lodge.

Reticent by nature, on retirement he surprised his family by joining the West Wight Metal Detecting Club, finding a new passion and new friends.

Terry died peacefully at the Earl Mountbatten Hospice.

He leaves behind his wife Jan, a sister, a son and two daughters, a stepson and six grandchildren, plus a great granddaughter.

A funeral service will take place at the IW Crematorium at 12 noon on Wednesday, September 26, followed by refreshments at the Horse and Groom at Ningwood.

Donations to the Earl Mountbatten Hospice and Water Aid will be welcome.