BARBARA JOAN MCINTYRE
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BARBARA JOAN MCINTYRE Barbara died unexpectedly, but peacefully, overnight on March 25th at her home in Santa Fe. She will be greatly missed by her siblings Diane (Anthony), Jim (Judy), and Norah and by her extended family, mostly in Canada, and many friends across the continent. Barbara was born in Montreal on January 16th, 1950. Her parents, Joan Norah (nee Layton) and Robert Stewart McIntyre, moved the family to Nova Scotia where Barbara spent her early years. The family returned to Montreal in 1965. Barbara graduated from Concordia University and from the Whittemore School of Business and Economics at UNH (MBA Class of '77). She became a dual citizen and had a very successful career working for RJR Nabisco and then as VP Marketing for Sotheby's in NYC. Barbara moved to Santa Fe in the early 1990's where she established a wide network of friendships while playing tennis, hiking, paddle boarding, and skiing. She enjoyed road trips and travel with friends, was a founding member of the Santa Fe Backgammon Club, a Big Sister, a qualified ski instructor, and member of an active hiking group. Barbara was also a talented photographer and writer. She co-authored Contemporary Art in New Mexico and edited Rio Grande-An Eagles View. Barbara spent the last few years settling into a home, rebuilt to her design, where she enjoyed being in a community with friendly supportive neighbors. Barbara's faithful furry companion Wilson had two last great hikes on familiar trails with his tribe, but sadly gave up on life and died on April 1st. Barbara's family thank her many friends and neighbors for their kind responses, tributes, and offers of help. In her memory contributions may be directed to Santa Fe Animal Shelter or the Dog Park initiative. A celebration of her life will be announced at a later date when family and friends can gather to remember them both after it is safe for us all to mingle.

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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican from Apr. 2 to Apr. 4, 2020.
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January 25, 2021
I worked for and with Barbara for many years at Nabisco and we remained friends in New York and then beyond as her life took her to St. Thomas and then to Santa Fe. We has so much fun in our New York City days, but clearly Barbara was happiest in the great outdoors, and Santa Fe suited her to to a tee! The last time we were together was a ski meet-up in Beaver Creek, CO where we laughed and skied and drank wine and laughed some more. Barbara was a true original, an artist with a business mind, a joy to be around, and a devoted and loyal friend. I still have her birthday message on my phone, and she probably has mine to her. Sending love and prayers to her and her beloved Wilson, as I imagine them hiking the clouds of heaven.
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Barbara was a dear friend and my nextdoor neighbor. We met through our hiking group about 8 years ago, and when the house nextdoor came up for sale, I told her about it. She transformed that house into a masterpiece-a beautiful contemporary home personalized by Barbaras exquisite taste and surrounded by a lovely garden. I jokingly referred to her house as the Felix house and mine as the Oscar house. We liked the contrast and enjoyed being neighbors.
We were both very happy to have a friend in such close proximity. We walked up and down the street with Wilson several days a week, greeting other neighbors along the way.

Barbara was an organizer and networker, she connected so many people and cultivated a strong community. She organized an annual party for our street, and we had our second annual party last June. This tradition will continue. Her latest project, not yet finished, is Wilsonville, a fenced small dog area within the Ortiz dog park. This project will be finished also, and now will surely become a gathering place and memorial for our beloved Barbara. I miss her and Wilson greatly.

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