Robert T. McIntyre, 82, a lifelong resident of Scranton, died Tuesday evening at home under the care of Hospice of the Sacred Heart surrounded by his loving family. His childhood sweetheart and wife of 50 years, the former Judy A. Swingle, died December 30, 2005.
Born in South Scranton, he was the son of the late Thomas Joseph and Carmell Donnolly McIntyre. He was a member of Holy Name of Jesus Church and was a graduate of Scranton Central High School and Local 81 IBEW Apprentice School. Robert proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy
during the Korean Conflict
on the USS Mitchell, and then returned home and served 15 years in the Naval Reserve. He was awarded the Korean Service Medal, China Service Medal, United Nations Medal, Korean War Service Medal presented by the country of South Korea and the Combat Action Ribbon, of which he was very proud. After Korea, Robert worked as a union electrician for Local 81 IBEW. Through the union, he took up the arms of his fellow working man. Working and negotiating his way, he worked as a field representative organizer for the National AFL-CIO. He was president of Local 81 IBEW, and was executive vice president and treasurer of the Pa. AFL-CIO. He was employed by the Commonwealth Of Pennsylvania as a commissioner for the Worker's Compensation Appeals Board.
Robert was a man of strong faith, proud of his Irish heritage, loved and fought for his country and the rights of his fellow man. This made him someone who will be deeply missed by all whose path he crossed. Over his lifetime, he belonged to numerous affiliations from Life/Jobs of Pa., the Pa. Millwright Council, Board of Directors for the Keystone State Games to the U.S. Attorney Nominating Commission for the Middle District of Pa. Through his affiliations and fraternal memberships such as the American Legion Posts 306 and 948, he was always willing to give of himself above and beyond the call of duty. Robert was a loving and caring husband, father, brother and uncle to his family.
Surviving are a daughter, Colleen Rhue and companion, Bob Michel, Taylor; a brother, John McIntyre and wife, Charlotte, Scranton; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was also preceded in death by a brother, Thomas McIntyre.
The funeral will be Saturday at 9:30 a.m. from the August J. Haas Funeral Home Inc., 202 Pittston Ave., with Mass at 10 a.m. in Holy Name of Jesus Church, 1414 E. Elm St., to be celebrated by the Rev. Michael Bryant, pastor. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery.
Friends may call Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John Neumann Parish, 633 Orchard St., 18505; or to Gino J. Merli Veterans Center, 401 Penn Ave., 18503. To leave an online condolence, visit www.au