The Costa del Sol is mourning the death of another of its most popular characters, radio presenter, Terry Clear. The former Onda Cero International (OCI) blues specialist, who came to live on the coast at the end of the 1980s, died last Sunday following a relatively short battle with cancer.
Known among his friends as TC, the former transport manager hosted the first blues radio show on Central FM during the 1990s and went on to present a regular show at OCI Radio in Marbella.
Renowned for his extensive knowledge of the blues, Terry Clear was active in the organising of the early editions of the Mijas Blues Festival - for which he secured the performance of Muddy Waters' son, Mud Morganfield - and hosted the first Coín Blues Festival in 2009. He was involved with several live music venues and jam sessions along the coast, including Route 66 and Banjos and Fiddles, and his circle of friends included many of the most renowned musicians in the Malaga province. He was also acquainted with numerous named artists and counted Joe Brown, whom Terry persuaded to perform live on OCI, among his close friends.
Terry, who married his childhood friend in Gibraltar in July, was a regular contributor to online radio stations, where he engaged his listeners with his passion for the blues. However, he was knowledgeable in more fields than music.
He first lived in Monda and later brought a country house in the Coín mountains, where he busied himself with his 100-tree olive orchard, becoming something of a specialist in the cultivation of olives.
He was active in the Coín town hall's foreign residents department (2008-2009) and worked as an online English language teacher. He also organised the annual TAPAS car treasure hunt, was active with local community platforms and was renowned for offering help and advice to those in need.
He is survived by his wife, Katie, and son, Terry junior.
His funeral will take place in the municipal cemetery in Coín at 4pm on Monday 29 October.