Wilbur F. McIntyre, 90

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BATH — Wilbur F. McIntyre, 90, of Oliver Street, died Jan. 29 at his home, with his family by his side.

He was born in Blue Hill on June 12, 1924, the son of Ernest E. and Lena Wardwell McIntyre. He grew up in Blue Hill, where he participated in school activities and worked at his father’s store, McIntyre’s Market. In 1942, he graduated from George Stevens Academy.

World War II interrupted McIntyre’s college education, but he served his country proudly as part of the U.S. Army Air Corps in the Pacific. He talked about this period of his life often. After returning from the war, he attended Bryant & Stratton College in Boston. Later, he continued working at his father’s store.

On June 11, 1950, he married Jean E. Howard. The first years of their marriage were spent in Blue Hill, where Wilbur was very active in the community. He went on to become a 50-year member of the East Blue Hill Grange, and also was a member of the Odd Fellows.

After graduating from Husson College with a degree in accounting, McIntyre in 1960 joined the federal Internal Revenue Service. He remained an IRS agent until his retirement 30 years later. His career brought him and his family to destinations throughout Maine, and after retirement he continued to enjoy helping others with their tax returns.

Wherever McIntrye lived, he made close friends and was closely involved in his children’s activities and his local church. In Bath, he was an active member of the United Church of Christ Congregational, serving as treasurer and as a deacon. His faith was strong and the church played an important part in his life.

He also enjoyed traveling, especially to visit friends and family in the U.S. and Europe. One of the highlights that he often recalled was the 1994 Winter Olympic Games in Norway. He also enjoyed history, reading and boating.

McIntyre is survived by his wife, Jean H. McIntyre, of Bath; two daughters, Susan Besserudhagen and husband, Svein, of Oslo, Norway, and Martha Lewis and husband, Paul, of Durham; five grandchildren, Christine Knisley and husband, Jay, Kari Besserudhagen and husband, Robert, Jessica Zamora and husband, Salvador, Lise Besserudhagen and husband, Anders and Stephanie Medlen and husband, Aaron; 10 great-grandchildren, Elizabeth, Julia, Kristian, Nora, Isabel, Marissa, Julian, Lilly, Jackson and Lyla; and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of McIntyre’s life will be held in the summer. Memorial contributions may be made to CHANS, 60 Baribeau Drive, Brunswick, ME 04011, or to the United Church of Christ Congregational, P.O. Box 287, Bath, ME 04530. Arrangements are by Daigle Funeral Home.

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