James Robert McIntyre
Jim passed away in the serene setting of Erie Shores Hospice on June 7th. Mac was predeceased by his parent’s, Archie McIntyre and Belva(Charlton) McIntyre, as well as his sister Barbara Edwards (2001). He is survived by his niece, Sheryl Ciglen , nephew Shawn Edwards and their families.
Mac spoke fondly of his education in a one room rural schoolhouse and his high school days at Blenheim District High School. After school, he could be found working with his dad at McIntyre Hardware in his home town of Blenheim. He went on to apprentice in funeral services at J.L Ford Funeral Home, also in his hometown.
Switching careers, he attended Brock University and then Windsor’s Teacher’s College. He was hired by the Essex County Board of Education, spending most of his career at Maplewood in Essex and then Kingsville Public School. Mac loved teaching. Having no children of his own, he considered his students to be,” His Kids.”
Jim’s second passion was golf. He was a proud 35 year member of the Kingsville Golf Course. Mac was the master of the perfect golf shot– straight at the pin– but twenty yards short.
Jim loved to dance, dress up, socialize and gab. He liked to take his time over a meal, (slowest eater ever). He loved musicals and didn’t hesitate to accompany the professionals performing. Mac was an animal lover and remained at home despite his many physical challenges to take care of his cats as long as possible. He was heartbroken when he lost his faithful Lab Kris a number of years ago.
Mac will be missed by the many friends that he made over the years. He is at peace after a long stretch of physical challenges. The last one being cancer, diagnosed about a month before his passing. Thank you to Dr. S. Horne, Rev. John Anderson and the nurses and staff of Erie Shore Hospice. A special thank you to Virginia Polowick who was continually at Mac’s side during the week he spent at hospice.
As per Jim’s wishes, there will not be a funeral. Cremation has taken place and his ashes have been buried at his parents ‘ gravesite in Blenheim. We will have a brief get together to tell a few stories and raise a glass to Mac in late summer or early fall at Kingsville Golf Course. Contact Ian McMullan for information.
Donations in Memory of Jim can be made to The Erie Shores Hospice, The Canadian Cancer Society or The Windsor/Essex County Humane Society.
“May the Course be with you Mac.”