Sad news in the local music world: Legendary DJ Terry Lee, who released records for local bands like The Swamp Rats and was synonymous with his "Music for Young Lovers" brand of romantic tunes, passed away Wednesday; he had been fighting lung cancer. The revered DJ — real name Terry Lee Trunzo — had returned to the airwaves for a bit in 2010-11, on WJAS, then returned to an online-only broadcast, which had gone on hiatus in recent months while he dealt with his health problems. (In 2011, our Mike Shanley did a short piece on the DJ when he appeared as MC at a local appearance by '60s garage-rock band ? and the Mysterians.)
Terry Lee will be sorely missed in the local music community; to me, he was one of the great, unconventional voices who reminded us what radio was and could be. Here's the statement his family released via his Facebook page:
So many things need to be said, so here goes.
At 10:54 PM, July 30, 2013, my world was forever changed. The love of my life, Terry Lee Trunzo passed away peacefully at home. For almost 30 years, I had the privilege of being the wife of the most wonderful husband and father anyone could have, and my children and I will miss him terribly.
Most of you don't know about Terry's interest in the Ancient Egyptian culture. He would have liked this:
Ancient Egyptians believed that upon death they would be asked two questions and their answers would determine whether they could continue their journey in the afterlife.
The first question was, Did you bring joy? The second was, Did you find joy?
As to the first question, yes, you brought joy to thousands, so much more than you could ever know.
And only you know the answer to the second, but I pray the answer is yes, my love, yes.
He was also the most talented and hard working man I have ever met. Erma Bombeck said this:
When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me'.
Thank you for all the love and support you have shown him over the years. He was humbled and truly grateful.
—Carol, Adam, and Paulina Trunzo