VALE - Terry (TC) Collins

It is with heavy hearts that the Tasmanian Billiards and Snooker Association acknowledges the passing of one of our own.

Terry Collins (‘TC’) passed away in the early hours of Thursday morning 26/11/2020.

For those who knew Terry well, you will know that he was the epitome of a gentleman of our sport, his achievements are many, as a player, a referee and a tireless worker.

Of English extraction, he was a student of our game, and a trove of knowledge, especially the complication of rule interpretation.

Terry was a delegate to TBSA meetings, representing the Southern Association.

In conjunction with his very good friend Robert (Rob) Higgins, Terry officiated at Professional, National and international tournaments, as a referee he didn’t have the flare of a Robert Higgins or a Paul Cosgriff, but he was an excellent, no nonsense, referee.

One of Terry’s crowning achievements and in recognition of the outstanding body of work over many years for the South, he was awarded Life Membership of the Southern Tasmanian Billiards and Snooker Association at the welcoming Dinner preceding the playing of the Andrews / Atkins (Victoria vs Tasmanian) Shield event in March 2008 at the Lindisfarne RSL.

Terry accepted his award alongside his great friend in Tommy Watson, who was also awarded Life Membership at the same function.

Tommy, along with Rob, were fondly referred to as the “Three Musketeers” as they refereed as a trio, at local, International and World events.

Terry had several health issues over the past few years, but he was a fighter, he was down and out several times, but he rallied to be a big part of our organization for the Ron Atkins Classic events and many other state events.

His last foray on the World scene was with Rob at the 2019 World Billiards (Open, Closed and Women’s) WBL Championships, widely lauded as one of the best Billiards tournaments ever conducted in Australia. These were held at the RACV in October, 2019.

In very unusual roles, both Terry and Rob were “at front of house” as Assistant Venue and Venue Manager respectively, selling a vast array of merchandising, commemorative polo tops, Raffle tickets, giving advice on the best matches to watch, checking in VIPS, the paying public and anything else the organisers could throw at them, in Terry’s own words ‘I had an absolute ball and one of the best times ever’.

We will long remember Terry as a quiet, very loyal, unassuming and polite man, who when the work was done enjoyed a chat with a glass or two of red.

He will be sadly missed, Rest in peace.

Colin Langman
President, TBSA