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Gordon Wilson MacIntyre

Gordon Wilson MacIntyre, 76, husband of Evelyn M. (Saunders) MacIntyre of Ipswich and Parrish, Florida, died peacefully Friday, February 20, 2009 surrounded by his family at the Seacoast Skilled Rehab Center, Gloucester  following an extended illness.

Born in Ipswich November 25, 1932 in Cable Memorial Hospital, son of the late Donald John and  Mary (MacDonald)  MacIntyre, he was raised and educated in Ipswich where he remained a resident for most of his life. Following High School, he volunteered to serve his country with the Army 7th Infantry Division during the Korean War. In 1953 he married his High School sweetheart Evelyn Saunders, making their home in Ipswich, for many years on Central Street, where they raised their family. He worked for Hood Industries in Marblehead and Wakefield for many years. He later was employed at Shore Country Day School as director of grounds and maintenance, and also taught Shop classes. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. They had many wonderful years boating in Ipswich Bay and spending weekends at Cranes Beach. He will be remembered as a kind and loving husband, father and grandfather.

Mr. MacIntyre was a lifelong member and past Commander of Ipswich VFW Post #1093 where he served several terms as president of the VFW Corporation. He was a member of the John T. Heard Lodge of Ipswich, the Scottish Rite Freemasons in the Valley of Salem and was a member of the Aleppo Shrine of Wilmington. Upon retiring to Florida in 1995, he was very active in the Manatee Shrine Club, raising funds for the Sahib Shriners of Sarasota Florida.

In addition to his wife of fifty five years he is survived by a son, Stephen S. MacIntyre and his wife Patricia of Ipswich; four grandchildren, Tory MacIntyre of Chicago, IL, Timothy MacIntyre and his wife Alexis of Austin, TX, Shannon Lewis MacIntyre of Amesbury and Brittany MacIntyre Lawless of Ipswich; and a great-grandchild, Maddox Nikas of Amesbury. He is also survived by sister-in-laws Florence Evelyn MacIntyre of Essex and Mildred MacIntyre of Beverly; brother-in-law John Saunders and his wife Sheila of Wakefield, NH; many nephews and nieces and good friends Nick Markos and Robert “Mimi” Lavoie both of Ipswich. He was the father of the late Thomas W. MacIntyre, formerly of Ipswich, and brother of the late Hugh MacIntyre of Beverly, John MacIntyre of Ipswich and Wilrod MacIntyre of Essex.

His funeral service will be held Tuesday February 24, 10 am in the Ascension Memorial Church, 31 County Street, Ipswich, followed by interment with Army Honors in the Cowles Memorial Cemetery, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours are Monday 4 to 8 pm with a service by Ipswich VFW #1093 at 7 pm. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Friends of Seacoast Nursing & Rehab, 292 Washington Street, Gloucester, MA 01930.

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