Friday, December 4, 2009

Harold McIntyre, RIP

Harold McIntyre, a former colleague at the Flint Journal, died today. Harold, I believe was in the second group of buy out employees (my group) and retired about the same time that I did.

I understand he had been ill in recent weeks, but don't know the details of how he died. (Sometime this afternoon another former FJ colleague sent me two additional photos of Harold, I thank him).

No one who worked with Harold will forget his kind and gentle nature and his always present smile during those years he worked the desk in the lobby of the Flint Journal.

According to his Facebook page (just now when I went to look up his page his picture flashed on my home page asking me to suggest friends for Harold) he was 64. He was married and had a daughter.

A few years ago he posed with me and several other military veterans for a photo of Flint Journal veterans, he could still get into his uniform (back row, second from the left).

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Swanson Funeral Home in Flint. When the arrangements and obituary are available I will post them here.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Harold — I remember how he'd always say "It's McIntyre" when I spoke with him — was great guy. I always appreciate how he was especially devoted to his school district, stepping into a hornet's nest by becoming a board member for Hamady (whether you agreed with him or not). He didn't need that heartache but tried to help the community in whatever way he could.

I always thought his bad a$$ El Camino was way cool, too.

It's too bad he didn't get to enjoy more of his retirement.

- Chris M.

Jim of L-Town said...

Oh yeah, he loved that SS El Camino.

Thanks for adding that Chris.

Janis said...

I will miss his smile. He was a kind and warming person. I worked in Maintenance and I cleaned Personal office, he always spoked to me. Will be missed by all. My heart goes out to his family. God blessed- Janis

Carl said...

I remember the day they took that photo of the veterans working at The Journal. Harold organized it. It was clear that his military service was important to him, that he was proud of his service. In fact, you'll notice that he's the only one in uniform in the photo. A great guy. He'll be missed by me and a lot of folks.
Carl S.

Jim of L-Town said...

Carl, I remember that day as well. In addition to his pride in his service, Harold looked pretty sharp in his old uniform, which still fit him like it did many years before.

A genuinely good guy gone way too soon.