Malcolm Douglas MacIver, 25, of Wolfeboro, formerly of Ossipee, died unexpectedly on January 24, 2013. He was born on June 27, 1987 at Fort Rucker, Alabama, to Karen (Meader) MacIver and Douglas MacIver.
Being the first child, grandchild, and great grandchild to a large family, he was welcomed with a great deal of love. He began life as an Army brat in Alabama. From there, he moved to Texas, North Carolina, Colorado, Arizona, and Alabama before coming home to New Hampshire.
Malcolm was a 2006 graduate of Kingswood Regional High School. Though he loved to learn, his favorite place for that was the outdoors, whether hiking, fishing, remote camping or helping his dad harvest sap or check traps.
Some people are just dreamers, Malcolm was both a dreamer and a doer. When Malcolm chose to do anything it was always in a big way. The first year he learned to ski he decided that was the year to ski Tuckerman Ravine. Though it was not graceful, he did it and was very proud and excited. He relived his experiences over and over as he shared them with his family and friends. Malcolm was an incredible storyteller; his stories never lacked detail. However, it was not enough to share the story, he wanted you to feel like you were there. He was not long winded, he was eternally winded. His stories wil be missed.
Working at several restaurants he developed an interest in gourmet food. He was always experimenting on his family — and you had better not be on a diet! His appreciation for fine food did not extend to his sweet tooth — there he was overjoyed with Sour Patch Kids, Nerd Ropes and Cosmic Brownies.
Malcolm spent a great deal of time camping on "The Land." Whether it was a beautiful summer night, below zero, or a January blizzard he would be enjoying himself resting between two trees in a hammock that he made and planned to market. He was sure L.L. Bean would be calling any day.
Malcolm could not part with anything. His sentimental nature could be found in every corner of his life. Whether it was a chewed up pair of shoes or a lucky rabbit's foot; everything had a story. Malcolm's personality matched the size of his heart, larger than life. Even as a young boy he was sensitive to the struggles of others. As a nine-year-old traveling with his family, he encountered a homeless person at a rest stop. He asked his parents if he could give his vacation spending money and snacks to the man. This spirit stayed with Malcolm throughout his life.
Malcolm spent the past seven and a half years experiencing life with his high school sweetheart and best friend, Cortney Colligan, whose parents, Terry and Diane, always treated him as part of their family. Malcolm and Cortney shared many adventures including their yearly anniversary trip to Mohegan Sun where he would make her feel like a princess. Malcolm supported Cortney's passion for field hockey, whether she was playing or coaching. They recently adopted two great pets, their dog, Hallie, and their cat, Tucks. Malcolm loved his time with Hallie — hiking, swimming and just hanging out.
Malcolm is survived and will be missed by his parents, Douglas and Karen; brother, Conner, and sister, Morgan; grandparents Robert and Joanne MacIver, Donald Meader and Barbara Meader; and the love of his life, Cortney. He will also be missed by his aunts, uncles, g'aunts, g'uncles, cousins and all the people whose lives he touched.
There will be no calling hours.
A service to celebrate Malcolm's life will be held at the First Congregational Church of Ossipee, 48 Old Route 16B in Center Ossipee, on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 1 p.m.
Lord Funeral Home in Center Ossipee is in charge of the arrangements.
Donations in Malcolm's memory may be made to the Malcolm D. MacIver Outdoor Discovery Memorial Fund, which will be used to share Malcolm's appreciation of the outdoors with others c/o Northway Bank, P.O. Box 29, West Ossipee, NH, 03890.
If you wish to express condolences or leave a fond memory, please visit www.lordfuneralhome.com.