THE funeral arrangements for former journalist and Radio City founder Terry Smith have been released by his family.

Terry, who passed away on Sunday, August 15, aged 87, following a short illness will be laid to rest with a service to celebrate his life on Tuesday, September 7 at 1.30pm at St. Hildeburgh’s Parish Church in Hoylake where Terry was a regular worshipper.

Due to current restrictions on numbers the church service is ‘by invitation only’. The full service will be available to attend virtually via a live link and the family have said they take comfort in knowing that many of Terry’s friends, colleagues and acquaintances will be able to be part of the celebration of his life via this link.

The family have requested family flowers only with donations in Terry’s memory to be made to The Salvation Army, a charity he supported for many years, via the following link:-

Terry was a devoted husband to his wife Pamela and a proud father, step-father and grandfather.

A former journalist with The Sunday Express and Granada TV, he launched independent news and picture agency, Mercury Press in the early 70’s. Terry founded Radio City in 1974 and was the station’s Managing Director for 17 years. He retired from Radio City in 2013 and during his 39 year association with the station won more than 40 national and international awards for news, sport and community services.

He was a Board member at Liverpool Football Club for many years, Chairman of The Empire Theatre Trust and Chairman of IRN (Independent Radio News). He accepted a Freedom of the City award on behalf of Radio City and was awarded an honorary degree from Liverpool John Moores University.

Speaking on the day of his retirement from Radio City, Terry said: “Staying in the same spot for 35 years seems incredible but it is simply due to the fact that there is nowhere in the world better to work than Liverpool and there is no better radio station than Radio City."

A statement on behalf of Terry's family read: "We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who have sent condolences, good wishes, and shared some amazing stories about Terry’s life. He was incredibly proud of his achievements and those who shared his journey with him."