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Donald Richard McIntyre, 90, passed away Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at CVPH in Plattsburgh, New York, following a long battle with dementia. He was born in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey to the late Teresa and Richard McIntyre.
Don grew up in New Jersey, but spent his summers at the family camp in Forestdale, NY. Don graduated from St. Peters Prep school in New Jersey in 1949 and immediately moved to Forestdale full time. He worked many jobs including turkey farming and logging until he took a job at Dannemora State Hospital for the Criminally Insane in 1956. The hospital merged with the prison and Don transferred to Clinton Correctional Facility. He was drafted into the army and was sent to Germany where he met his first wife. After the army, he came back to his job at the prison. He moved to Union Falls where he proudly started and operated McIntyre's Campground. He retired as sergeant from the prison in 1981.
Don was an avid outdoorsman. Whether hunting, trapping, fishing, or hiking the Adirondacks; or fishing for barracuda and shark in the Florida Keys, he was always happiest when he was outdoors. He also loved dancing and calling square dances. He was very proud that he could outlast the "young ones" on the dance floor in his later years.
Don was a devoted father and is continued in life by his son, John (Wanda) McIntyre; daughter, Kathleen (Randall) Haner; grandchildren: Bree McIntyre, Nikki McIntyre, Bailey Haner, Lindsay Haner; and great- granddaughter Farrah Goldstein; and his brother Robert (Bonnie) McIntyre as well as numerous relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his sister Kathleen Manor; his first wife, Eva McIntyre; and his second wife June McIntyre.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Samuel F. Vilas home for the loving, compassionate care they provided him over the 10 years he lived there. They would like to thank Curt "the Metal Man" for his lasting friendship and countless visits at Vilas. They would also like to thank his doctors, Stephen and Carla Hausrath, for their long-term support and care.
There will be no calling hours or funeral at this time, a memorial celebration of his life will be held later in 2021.
Arrangements were entrusted to Zaumetzer Funeral Home, Au Sable Forks, New York.
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