Donald Badger McIntyre

McINTYRE, Donald Badger – August 1, 1931 to March 12, 2019

A resident of Dundas ON Don passed away comfortably and peacefully on Tuesday March 12, 2019 at the age of 87 after a two-year stay in St. Peter’s long-term care residence. All of the wonderful staff and Dad’s care companion at St. Peter’s provided Don the best of care in his time of need. He battled dementia and at his end of life was stricken with pneumonia. Don was the only child born to his late parents Archibald and Nettie McIntyre on August 1, 1931 in Niagara Falls. As a young child Don always had a companion at his side, one being Dutch, his trusty Airedale terrier. His early love of dogs carried on throughout his life and this fostered compassion towards others. Don attended Parkdale Collegiate in Toronto. He was a standout athlete on the football pitch and occasionally he could be seen with the Argonaut rowing club. While on the gridiron he met Parkdale Cheerleader Bertha V. McIntyre and they began to date. At graduation he was chosen to give the valedictorian speech to the student body. Don began architectural studies at the University of Toronto and also became a member of an on campus fraternity. By the time he graduated from his program in 1955 he was also the president of his fraternity. The university experience created some great long lasting friendships that led to a fantastic European cycling adventure with fellow graduates. Don’s future architectural partners met him at the University of Toronto. April 7, 1956 Don married Bertha Balciunas, a registered nurse, and the love of his life. He began working in a Toronto architectural firm. They had two children Paul and Sandra McIntyre. The firm Mark/Musselman/McIntyre Architects was first established in 1960 in Brantford On. In 1965 a second office was formed in Toronto and L. Combe joined the firm as a partner. MMMC. Don and his family became residents of Brantford ON. During the 1970’s Don became a professor of Architecture at the University of Waterloo, offering students a practical understanding of the business of running and maintaining a professional practice. During his tenure at UofW Don became the assistant Dean of Architecture. A fourth year class term in Rome Italy was a highlight of his teaching career. Cycling in Brantford with a group of friends known as the « Weathercocks » took Don from the back roads of Brant County to far -flung roads around the world. These trips generated a great deal of laughter for the gentlemen who participated in their annual travel adventures. Don and Berte enjoyed their retirement by travelling extensively and they found la dolce vita in Italy many times. He really enjoyed watercolour painting, playing the piano and photography. Don will be remembered for his penetrating blue eyes, his quick wit and sense of humour, camaraderie with colleagues and friends and also for his espoused values. His outreach to people without means and his compassion to those in distress signify that he was a man with good character. Don is survived by his wife Bertha McIntyre, son Paul McIntyre and daughter Sandra Wilder; daughter in-law Lynn McIntyre; granddaughter Sally McIntyre; granddaughter Ellen Seward and husband Jeff Seward; grandson Mac Wilder. Don has been cremated and his ashes will be laid to rest at the White Chapel Memorial Gardens in Hamilton. There will be no memorial. The family is grateful for the condolences, but declines flowers and donations.

 

Nos plus sincères sympathies à la famille et aux amis de Donald Badger McIntyre

Décès pour la Ville: Dundas, Province: Ontario

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