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 Donald H. MacIntyre

Donald Henry ‘Mac’ MacIntyre, 73, of Chebacco Terrace, Essex, left this world unexpectedly and peacefully on Friday,July 27, 2018.

Mac was born in Essex the oldest child of the late Donald A. MacIntyre and Nancy E. (Woodman) MacIntyre.

Mac graduated from Gloucester High School with the class of 1963 where he was active in ROTC Program and a member of the Grenadiers, a competitive drill team.   After high school Mac went on to graduate from Wentworth College.

Woodman’s was a huge part of Mac’s life.  When he was a youngster he lived in a house on Woodman’s property next door to his grandfather Chubby and his grandmother Bessie.  He worked at Woodman’s in some capacity the entire time he resided in Essex.  He took great pride in making sure the property was cared for the way his grandfather would have wanted.

Upon college graduation Mac enlisted in the Army in 1968 and did basic training in North Carolina where he became a helicopter pilot.  He was sent to Viet Nam with the 54th Signal Battalion where he served two tours and flew missions to rescue his wounded brothers.  One of Mac’s co-pilots was shot and killed as they were carrying out one of these missions. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Air Medal as well as the Army Aviator Badge. While Mac did not suffer any physical injuries during his tour, he certainly was a changed man when he returned to civilian life in June of 1971.   Mac was always a patriot and proud of his service, and marched in the Veterans Day Parade every year. 

As a civilian Mac managed the Stinson Municipal Airport in San Antonio, Texas and later was employed at Logan Airport.

Mac was always the life of the party and loved performing whether reciting an original poem or line dancing.

 He maintained a close and loving relationship with his high school sweetheart and first love, Bonnie Steele Bedell of Gloucester.  The Steele Family always welcomed and enjoyed Mac’s company. In addition to Bonnie he is survived by his former wife, Cynthia Clark of Beverly; his two sisters, Andrea MacIntyre of Gloucester and Charlotte ‘Puddy” MacIntyre and her partner Robert Doyle of Essex; his beloved nephew Corey MacIntyre Doyle of Gloucester and many MacIntyre and Woodman cousins. Mac was predeceased by his stepfather Paul Story and his younger brother Robert ‘Bubba’ MacIntyre. 

His funeral service with Full Military Honors will be held 11 am Wednesday in the Spring Cemetery, Essex. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Following services there will be a collation at The Lobster Trap at Woodman’s. 

In lieu of flowers please send a contribution to Wounded Warriors Fund, Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517.

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