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Henry Porter Baldwin “Bunny” Terry

Bunny TerryNovember 13, 1939 – May 6, 2024

Bunny Terry passed away peacefully from complications due to cancer in his favorite place, Small Point, Maine, where he spent most of the summers of his life. He was born in Laurel Hollow on Long Island, New York to Barbara and H.P. Baldwin Terry ‘35. Following the Yale footsteps of grandfathers Wyllys Terry ’85 and Julian S. Mason ’98 and uncles Wyllys Terry, Jr. ’31 and Walter B. Terry ’37, Bunny joined Yale in 1958, matriculating from St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire.

At Yale, Bunny resided in Jonathan Edwards with Ed Smith and John Walker, and joined them on many sports teams, both Yale’s and J.E.’s. He played touch football, hockey and soccer while also playing on Yale’s Freshman Hockey, Varsity Hockey and Varsity Lacrosse teams. His major was History. His cousin and classmate Wyllys Terry shared that his “fondest memories are of his joke-telling and easy connections with others.” Wyllys also noted that Bunny “loved fishing above all else, although his home in Small Point, Maine, to which he retired full-time after his wife Lane died on February 22, 2022, was a close second.”

From Yale he went directly to banking, starting in New York City, and after two years, moved to Hartford CT, and settled in Canton. where he continued his employed in investment banking for a number of different companies and organizations over time. Bunny wrote, in our Yale 40th Yearbook,” I liked to believe that the number of changes is due to the fact that the number of institutional brokerage businesses moved to New York where I was not willing to go. My wife attributes it to my obsession with collecting my own business cards.”

The family writes in his obituary: “On June 15, 1963, Bunny made the wisest decision of his life when he married, in Cold Spring Harbor, NY, the patient Lane MacLeod, who fell for the charming, funny, twinkle-eyed Bunny when they were in high school.” In addition to changing jobs, Bunny and Lane raised three sons, H. Porter B. Terry III, Marshal (Mickey) MacLeod Terry, and Grey Mason Terry, who in turn proved them with five granddaughters. As the sons grew up, Bunny made sure to pass on his love of hunting and fishing to them, while also providing an example of community engagement through his and Lane’s involvement with supporting friends and local organizations, and especially the arts.

A celebration of Bunny’s life will be held in Phippsburg, Maine at 1:00 AM on Saturday, July 27, 2024 at Phippsburg Congregational Church, with a reception following at 64 Club Road in Phippsburg. The family adds: “In memory of Bunny, please take a walk on the beach or in the woods, preferably with your dog, and preferably with that dog off-leash.”

 

— John D. Hatch III

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