SUTTONS BAY — Terence “Terry” Ibbotson, of Suttons Bay, passed away on June 2, 2014, at his home. Terry was born on Nov. 4, 1944, in Detroit, the son of Howard and Florence (Bammert) Ibbotson.
He was raised in Royal Oak and graduated from Western Michigan University with a master’s degree in psychology, later earning a Master of Social Work degree from Michigan State University.
He moved to Traverse City in the mid 1970s to begin a career in social services with the State of Michigan until his retirement in 2007.
Being a compassionate man, his career encompassed work with Juvenile Justice, Child Protective Services and the Bureau of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.
In May of 1983 he married his partner for life, Christine Chapman, at their home in Suttons Bay, where they continued to live, raise their sons and enjoy the beauty of Leelanau County and Grand Traverse Bay.
Terry was a unique man with many passions. He was a movie buff, motorcycle enthusiast, mechanic wannabe, golfer, faithful sports fan (Lions, Tigers and Spartans), avid reader, loyal friend and devoted husband and father.
Those who knew him unanimously agree that his ineffable wit could incite laughter at even the most solemn of times.
Among his many pursuits, Terry’s greatest passion was his family. He was an exceptional man, a loving husband and a paragon of fatherhood.
His relationship with his wife was the epitome of partnership and together they created a home full of love and laughter in which they raised their boys and welcomed and entertained family and friends endlessly. As a father, his greatest joy was being actively involved in every aspect of his sons’ lives.
This included fostering high academic achievement, coaching them in all of their sports and above all, being a gentle, loving role model. To his sons and wife, he was a rock.