Robert MacIntyre

Robert MacIntyre

Wednesday, May 4th, 1932 Sunday, February 9th, 2020

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Obituary for Robert MacIntyre

Robert B MacIntyre, 1932 to 2020
Robert passed away peacefully Sunday, February 9, 2020 with is wife, Mary DeVries, beside him. Robert is survived by children, Joseph McIntyre, Laura Richardson, Lisa DeVries and David McIntyre and grandchildren, Hannah and Allison McIntyre, and Tyler and Mason White.
In his words, in the last hours before he passed, "I am a husband, and partner of this beautiful woman sitting here, Mary, a woman who put up with me all these years. I am a father of 3 children, who turned out to be solid, good people. I worked as a clinical psychologist; research psychologist; ward psychologist; professor at University of Southern California and University of Toronto OISE.
As a professor of psychology I mentored over 100 graduate dissertations, most of those done by women. I was a promoter of women’s equality and supporter of women’s rights. I worked for civil rights, equal opportunity and housing for everyone regardless of race, creed, colour or gender. I was against the Vietnam war.
I loved very long trips, one being an 85 day journey that took across parts of Canada, and the United States and ended in at my oldest son's wedding in Connecticut." Robert grabbed life with both hands and open arms, in his own words: “Life is not to die young and have a good looking corpse it’s to slide into the grave totally worn out used up and saying it’s been a hell of a life.”
Robert was a two-time cancer survivor, of lung and a pancreatic cancer. By sheer luck during one of his exams post lung cancer, he was diagnosed with early stage pancreatic cancer. That discovery, in combination with some innovative surgery, gave us 6 more years with Robert. This meant he and Mary could make one more trip to New Zealand to attend his oldest daughter's wedding. He had one helluva lot of determination.
Robert was a follower of Thich Nhat Hanh and his way of living, a lover of his Airedale dogs, a motorcyclist and scuba diver. Robert was an active member of The Bruce Trail Organisation, Probus and his local photography group.
Finally Robert said: "Don’t look for me I’m not here."
From your family, we miss you and you will be always in our hearts.
A Celebration of his Life will be held at a later date.
A tree will be planted in memory of Robert in the Dods & McNair Memorial Forest at the Island Lake Conservation Area, Orangeville. The annual dedication service will be held on Sunday, September 13, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. Condolences may be offered to the family at

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    Dods & McNair Funeral Home, Chapel & Reception Centre
    21 First St
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Malia Perry-Robin

Hi Mary, Lisa, Laura, Joseph and Daved
I am so sorry to hear about Robert's passing. It is a beautiful obituary for a beautiful life. I just love the photograph, that is so much my memory of Bob. We need way more people like Bob in the world, so intelligent, generous, personable, principled, loving and enthusiastic for life and to make the world a better place for everyone. He has had such a big influence on me and my family, for the better, he taught me so many things about the environment and seeing the big picture and this have stuck with me through my passion for teaching environmental and social issues. Bob has changed our lives for the better in so many ways, I will always remember the Christmas tree gatherings at Fieldstone and so many celebrations with Bob and Mary and Laura and Lisa at the farm, so many laughs and warm, fond memories of companionship and shared love of friends, family and the Earth and its critter friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families and we hope to be able to come down the Orangeville for the celebration of life in April. Sending lots of love to you all: Malia, Geoff, Marley and Bryn
Comment | Posted at 11:42am via Condolence

Laura Richardson

So good to hear from you and thanks for the memories. Malia, we will look forward to seeing you at Dad's celebration, now postponed until we can again travel. Hope you and yours are well and stay well. Laura
Posted at 02:21pm

Nancy Frater

Mary and family, we are all so sad to hear of Robert’s passing. I know you have so many treasured memories.
Thinking of you. Nancy Frater, the staff of BookLore and Tony’s book club.
Comment | Posted at 05:31pm via Condolence

Donna Jamieson

Hi Mary, I'm so sorry to hear that Robert passed away last week. I know that you were anticipating the end was near, but when it comes it's still a shock. My thoughts are with you as you deal with this sorrow, and I wish peace finally for Robert after his long struggle. Hugs, Donna Jamieson
Comment | Posted at 02:41pm via Condolence

Lisa Rose-Fallon

Hi Mary, l am so sorry for your loss. We only met briefly, last Saturday, but l felt such a connection with you, that l wanted to send you my condolences. We had the connection of both being in California, and l had told you that my father was also a psychologist, and that you looked just like Diane Keaton. I hope to run into you again in Orangeville, as l so enjoyed our visit, despite the challenging circumstances. Warmest regards, Lisa Rose-Fallon
Comment | Posted at 02:09pm via Condolence


Hi Mary

Sorry for your loss..I no working at Chartwell with you cleaning and serving you and Robert was great. You are both great people and Robert sure put up a good fight right till the end.. always thinking of you. Heather
Comment | Posted at 07:40pm via Condolence

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