MacIntyre, Robert age 53, died suddenly on Sunday, May 22 while clearing debris near his home in the tornado ravaged area of North Minneapolis. Seconds before the storm, he put his own life in danger to ensure his wife Jan and faithful companion Ecco were safe. He emerged from the basement, took a look around the twisted and tumbled yard, and with a smile on his face he said his shade garden had just turned into a sun garden. He then set off, as did several of his neighbors, to check on the safety of others in the community. Rob's passion for life, learning and helping others makes his passing at such a young age even more painful for those who knew and loved him. Rob lived every day to the fullest extent possible. He was a country man who did his best with life in the big city. Recognized by many because of his signature alpine hat, and known by all because of his giving nature, his goal in life was to touch as many lives as possible. He was friends with young and old alike. He was an avid gardener, an active participant in the community and made a point to know all of his neighbors. He loved North Minneapolis. For those who knew Rob they will understand that no words can truly describe him. Rob was a falconer and President of the Raptor Resource Project. He worked with his friend and mentor, Bob Anderson, to help return peregrine falcons to the Midwest and establish bird cams so the world can follow nesting raptors. He was an entrepreneur and an inventor and created innovative technology for use by several nationally recognized organizations. His work on Raptor Force for the PBS produced Nature show was crucial to capturing the flight of the peregrine falcon through a miniature camera, thus allowing the world to witness the flight of this incredible bird. He spent endless hours tinkering with his good friend John David. Rob was preceded in death by his father Robert MacIntyre. He is survived by his wife and best friend for the past 27 years - Janet Carstens: "I will miss you and love you forever my sweet." He is also survived by mother Judy MacIntyre; brothers Dan MacIntyre (Carol) and David MacIntyre; nieces Tracy MacIntyre, Denise MacIntyre and Taylor Dehnel; nephew Joel Dehnel; many loving aunts, uncles, and cousins; and numerous other close friends and relatives. Memorial service will be held on June 9th at 6:00 pm at Theodore Wirth Pavilion, Fireplace Room, in Golden Valley. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent in the name of Rob Mac- Intyre to Tree Trust. For questions contact Tracy at 952-767-3881.
This obituary was originally published in the Star Tribune.
Published in Star Tribune from May 27 to May 29, 2011.