It is with great sadness that we report the death of Avalon Guitars esteemed chairman and director Terence McKee. Terence passed away on Thursday at his home in Maghera, Co. Derry, N. Ireland and our sympathies go out to his daughter Emma, his brother Miles, sister Hilary and the family circle.
Terence was a gifted mathematician and a very accomplished musician with an encyclopaedic musical knowledge and rich repertoire ranging from folk and traditional to classical and rock, which he played with great skill and finesse on guitar or mandolin.
In the early 70â€™s he was a founder member of the legendary Irish progressive rock band Fruupp, leaving the band to pursue higher education; he even turned down an offer from Ian Anderson to join Jethro Tull.
Terence became a devoted music educator, teaching guitar to all ages and he performed regularly on the club and festival scene in the north west of Ireland.
As chairman of Avalon Guitars, Terence led the board of directors through some challenging times and did so with great empathy and skill. His enthusiasm for the company, the guitars and everyone involved in making them was vibrant - on his last visit to the factory in April, we were surprised to see him since, just a few days prior, we had heard that he was in hospital. But the day after he had been released, he got a friend to drive him to Newtownards just so he could hang out with us and play guitars!
We all loved Terence and never ceased to marvel at his virtuoso guitar playing â€“ he will be sorely missed.
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