Traverse City Record-Eagle

December 9, 2012

Terry Carroll


SUTTONS BAY — A consummate rabble-rouser, Terry was an advocate, agitator, champion, dogmatist, firebrand, fomenter, inciter, instigator, provocateur, rebel, reformer and visionary.

Terence Michael Carroll, of Suttons Bay, died in his home Tuesday, Nov. 27, after a valiant battle with cancer.

Born in Birmingham on April 2, 1946, to William Francis and Helen (Kehoe) Carroll, he graduated from Brother Rice High School and moved to northern Michigan in 1971 after studying architecture at Notre Dame and fine arts at Wayne State University.

Terry was a passionate volunteer in the Suttons Bay Schools for many years, coaching Odyssey of the Mind, softball, baseball and soccer. He was instrumental in bringing youth soccer to Leelanau County, culminating with the formation of the Suttons Bay High School soccer program.

Owner of Carroll Cleaning Service, he cared for homes and businesses county-wide for over 40 years. Terry was an avid carpenter and ardent enthusiast of Leelanau County's unique natural beauty. He traveled the United States extensively with his children, finding particular joy in the Rockies and Pacific Northwest.

Terry's greatest loves were his family, community and contemplatively walking his 40 acres.

He will be greatly missed by his loving family, Laurie McGregor Carroll, their four children, Jessica, Bryanna, Brendan and Connor; daughter-in law, Jessa; grandchildren, Roan and Kaia; sisters, Barbara Drew and Mary Ann Carroll; and cousins, Father Eugene and Sister Maureen O'Brien.

The family wishes to thank Deb and Don Freed, Harry Wiberg, Eric Bell, Don Gregory, Father Andy, Will Case and Terry's neighbors for their longtime friendship and support.

A memorial gathering will be held in the spring to return Terry's ashes to the land that he loved.

Please share thoughts and memories with Terry's family on their online guestbook at