Terry Yaros was the consummate performer. He loved to sing, dance and make people laugh, said his sister, Sandy Clayton.
“He had a great personality. He was a riot,” she said. “His smile lit up the room.”
Terry Yaros, 59, of Chesterton, died March 26. He was a Merrillville High School graduate. He worked with Opportunity Enterprises.
Yaros loved to dance and he would dance whether there was a dance floor or not.
“Anywhere there was music, he was out bopping around,” she said. “He loved to sing, too. He sang totally off-key, but he didn’t care.”
He enjoyed participating in the Special Olympics, where he had won numerous medals in swimming, track, standing long jump and walking events.
“He had so many medals, a friend made a wreath out of them,” Clayton said. “He was fast. He could run like the wind.”
He also loved horses and animals, she said.
Clayton said her brother was determined and kind and he enjoyed helping other people.
“He loved children and would sit and play with them for hours,” she said.
Clayton said she never viewed her brother as having a handicap and considered him a blessing to the family.
“He enjoyed being around people, and people enjoyed being around him,” she said. “He was happy all the time. He was a ray of sunshine.”