February 9, 1946 - June 3, 2023
Terry was a lover of family, adventure, mischief, and community.
Seeking adventure in 1975, he and Din took a road trip from Indiana to the Yucatan. Not only did he find the pristine beaches of Akumal, but also a new path and purpose in his life. Akumal has been his touch stone for the past 48 years.
A lover of life and purveyor of wit and wisdom, Terry generously gave his time, energy, and resources to promote all of the organizations, projects, and people he passioned.
He was a true appreciator, protector & lover of nature. It grounded him, and he always made time to observe the swallows and bats in the evenings, take in a beautiful flower, comment on a well-constructed spiderweb, or sit and witness a moonrise.
He had a passion for all things Akumal. During his decades-long work, he spearheaded or shepherded many projects to benefit his beloved community. This included being a founding member of CEA, holding numerous positions at Las Casitas Akumal and contributing countless hours to projects as a member of the Akumal Norte community. Even if you disagreed with him at times, it was hard not to admire his dedication, generosity, unbridled optimism, enthusiasm, and diplomacy.
Before residing fully in Mexico, Terry split time between Akumal and Southern California, where he and Din raised a family and where their children and grandchildren still reside . Here, his great love of yoga lead him to 30 years of study and teaching of the ancient philosophies and texts that deeply resonated with him and he often incorporated these teachings into everyday conversations. Terry taught a yoga class for several years and had many dedicated students.
He passed peacefully on his own terms at home under a full moon, surrounded by his loving family. He was a pioneer and forged his own path, and many have followed his lead. Of the many lessons he taught his friends and family, his last was a masterclass in how to face death with grace, peace and without fear, a lesson we will carry with us forever. He will be greatly missed by many. Terry is survived by his wife Din, daughters Chelsea and Jesse, grandchildren Spencer, Miles, Roscoe, and Lois, as well as his sister Nancy and brother Jim.
As Terry was a founding member of Centro Ecológico Akumal (CEA) those wishing to make a donation would be benefiting the community of Akumal. https://ceakumal.org/donaciones/#descubre-como-donar
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