Winchester Press – obit – John W. MacIntosh
John W. MacIntosh
John Wilson MacIntosh, a resident of the Williamsburgarea for the past 52 years, passed away at the Winchester DistrictMemorial Hospital on April 17, 2007. He was 82.
John was born in Riceville on April 29, 1924 to his parents Dr.Hampden and Annie MacIntosh (nee Wilson). He attended public schoolin Riceville along with his sister Jean, and then received hissecondary school education at Vankleek Hill Collegiate.
On April 27, 1942 he enlisted in a division of the Canadian ArmouredCorps. He served approximately three and half years, then enteredMcGill University on Oct. 5, 1945 in the school of civil engineering.After graduating from McGill, he worked for four years for boththe army and on his own before accepting a job as an engineer’sassistant with the ministry of transportation. Later, as he gainedexperience, he was promoted to project engineer, and he workedon projects throughout Eastern Ontario.
On Aug. 21, 1948 he married Olive Clemens at Riceville, and togetherthey raised three children: Bruce, Marilyn, and Kevin. Initiallythe family lived in Riceville, and then moved to Williamsburgin 1955.
On June 1, 1956 he began working with the St. Lawrence Parks Commissionas assistant to the commission engineer. He was hired specificallyto build the Long Sault Parkway. On July 4, 1958 John was placedin charge of all construction projects for the St. Lawrence ParksCommission which included 10 picnic areas and 21 campgrounds betweenthe Quebec border and Adolphustown. Finally in 1972 he was appointedmanager of parks as well as commission engineer and he remainedin this capacity until his retirement on Dec. 31, 1983 at theage of 59.
He was actively involved in the community as a member of the RoyalCanadian Legion Branch #538 for over 50 years, a member of thePlantaganet Lodge #186 for over 50 years, a member of Murray Chapterof Rose Croix, Ottawa Lodge of Perfection-32nd Degree, and theShriners Karnac Temple of SD&G. In addition to his involvementin these organizations, John was a faithful member of the WilliamsburgUnited Church, and he found time to be a volunteer driver takinglocal residents on over 250 medical and shopping trips. He alsoserved as a member of the board of directors of the WilliamsburgNon-Profit Housing Corporation for 16 years. His contributionsto this organization were recognized on June 29, 2006 when thePark Lane Senior Support Centre was re-named the J.W. MacIntoshSenior Support Centre in recognition of the outstanding contributionthat John made to this organization as a board member.
He will be fondly remembered by his family and friends for hislove of dogs, his modesty, his love of new cars, his kind andgenerous disposition, and his attention to detail. John gave hisbest effort to every task he performed and he expected the samefrom others. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather,and he will be sadly missed by all those who were fortunate tohave known him. He was a true gentleman.
John is survived by his wife of 59 years Olive Clemens, his childrenBruce (Betty) of Williamsburg, Marilyn (Jim) Adams of RR# 1 Iroquois,Kevin (Catrina) of Ottawa, and his grandchildren Kylie, Katherine,and Dan Adams, and Kaitlan, Taylor, and Bailey MacIntosh. He waspredeceased by his parents Dr. Hampden and Annie MacIntosh (neeWilson), and his sister Jean Wilson. He is also survived by niecesand nephews.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburgon April 19. A Masonic memorial service was held on April 19.The funeral service was held at Williamsburg United Church onApril 20 with Rev. Isabel Black officiating followed by cremation.Interment of cremated remains will be at New Union Cemetery inWilliamsburg.
The pallbearers were John’s grandchildren Kylie Adams, KatherineAdams, Dan Adams, Kaitlan MacIntosh, Taylor MacIntosh, and BaileyMacIntosh. The honourary pallbearers were Don Morrell, JohnnyWhitteker, Doug Casselman, Bill Smith, Gerry Mullins, Trevor Tolley,and David Lapier.
Donations to Winchester District Memorial Hospital would be appreciatedby the family.