Family and friends celebrate the life of Iver Cameron Macdougall.
On September 15th, 2021, Iver left his body behind and moved on. He likely is finding answers now to the many questions of the spirit this deeply philosophical man was always asking. He continues, in love and deep interest, to learn the mysteries of the world.
Born in Philadelphia in 1926 to Edna Gloeckner and Iver Macdougall, he lived as a boy in Mt. Vernon, NY and Old Hickory, Tennessee. Educated after WWII on the G.I. Bill (literature at Yale, law at Harvard). After completing his education, Iver went to work in San Francisco where he met his wife of 66 years, Terry Maunsell. Iver and Terry then moved back to the town of Chappaqua, NY to raise their three children through the 60s and 70s. In 1978, Iver and Terry moved west to Bainbridge Island, a short ferry ride from Seattle. Shunning the big firms in Seattle, Iver put up a shingle in the small town of Winslow and focused the remainder of his career on community law. He also did pro bono work for local organizations as Kitsap County courts, where he served on a juvenile diversion board and served for a time as interim judge for the Suquamish tribe. An amateur historian, he donated his time and legal advice to the Virginia V Foundation, an organization dedicated to preserving the Virginia V, a historic steam ferry, a national historic Landmark and a treasure of Seattle’s maritime history. Iver’s wisdom, humor and love was obvious to all who knew him. He and Terry have given so much of their time to the local island community – Terry at Helpline House, dad with the Bainbridge Island Land Trust. Both have also been active in their spiritual community, in their book groups, and in local environmental issues. Iver was a founding member of the “Warty Bliggens Society” a group of island philosophers that meet regularly to ponder humans and our place in the universe. Iver’s interest and curiosity, were focused on humanity everywhere. His great ideas and thoughts are everywhere, too, with those who ponder still the poets and thinkers and holy people, and those who, like Iver, have moved on into that greater realm of spirit, beauty and love. Iver is survived by Terry – his love, his partner, his other half – and by his children, Bruce, Alison and Gordon, and by his grandchildren who will always cherish their beloved “Bokum” (so named by his grandson).
In lieu of flowers, please donate in Iver’s name to the Bainbridge Island Land Trust.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Cook Family Funeral Home of Bainbridge Island. There will be service and celebration for Iver at Grace Church on Bainbridge Island (8595 NE Day Rd), Sunday October 10 starting about 11am after the regular Sunday service. All are welcome.