Duncan Francis MacIntyre

January 10, 1926June 11, 2014
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Duncan Francis MacIntyre 88, Sydney

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our dad, papa and brother on June 11, 2014 at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney. Duncan was born in 1926 to Mary (MacLean) and Angus MacIntyre of Sydney. Mary and Angus believed in the importance of family, integrity, kindness and hard work. These principles helped to form the characteristics of the person we called dad. Dad's love for athletics started in his childhood, although he played rugby and football, his love was hockey. He excelled in the sport, and played for St. Francis Xavier (St. FX) University. While there, he was awarded the Larkin Trophy. He was one of the university's first inductees into their sports hall of fame in 1978; in 1996, he was inducted into the N.S. Sports Hall of Fame and in 1998 to the Cape Breton Sports Hall of Fame. St. FX instilled the importance of education, a teaching he would pass onto his children and grandchildren. Following university, and through his successful playing career with the Sydney Millionaires, he was drafted by both the Montreal Canadians and Detroit Red Wings. Rather than pursue the NHL dream, he made a financial decision. He continued to play for the Sydney Millionaires and sell cars for RJ Logue LTD. This afforded him a better livelihood and the ability to live in his beloved Cape Breton. In 1956 he married Gussie Floyd and together they worked toward their life goals. In 1969 he became Dealer Principle of MacIntyre Chev Olds Ltd. His business accomplishments were recognized provincially as president of the N.S. Dealers Association, and nationally, as president of the Federal Automotive Dealers Association. In 1974 he was awarded the prestigious General Motors Triple Crown Award. In 2014 he was inducted into the CB Business Hall of Fame. Volunteerism and giving back to his community was integral to Duncan's character. In the early sixties he was asked by President MacLellan if he would start and coach a junior X hockey team. His love of hockey prevailed and we often heard the stories "I coached him at junior X.". He strongly believed that sports offered an opportunity toward education. He served as president of the Sydney Kiwanis Club overseeing the capital campaign for the Kiwanis pool in Sydney. The Kiwanis Music Festival initiation, the Kiwanis mile of money and the citrus fruit sale were also projects realized through his Kiwanis work. He served as Commodore of the Royal CB Yacht Club. In his years on the board of directors the junior sailing program was initiated, feeling this would grow the sport for youth within the community. In 1997, Duncan joined other community minded persons establishing the CB Screaming Eagles franchise. Again believing that hockey would be good for our youth and an economic stimulus to our economy. In later years golf became his athletic passion. His family focus became his 21 grandchildren: the wisdom and guidance provided to them is immeasurable. Left to mourn are his six children, Mary Lou (Kevin O’Neill), Anne (Kevin Orrell), Sandra (Paul Breski), Duncan (Anne), Floyd (Donnitta), Shaun (Denise); 21 grandchildren, Anne, Marissa; Kevin, Matthew, Floyd, Kelsey, Najala; Paul, Michael; Ainsley, Duncan, Alex, Olivia; Lauren, Kristen, Katherine, Claire; Kayla, Shaun, Chantelle, Rylan. The last surviving member of his immediate family, his beloved sister Kay O'Handley, Sydney. His sister in laws Carmel Chisholm and Helen Chisholm (Antigonish) , Anne Campbell (Halifax) Aggie MacIntyre (Sydney); and John and Loyola MacDougall, Sydney. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Gussie in 2005. His parents, Mary and Angus; brothers John (Chris), Donald (Irene) Marty; sisters, Anne (John Campbell), Maizie (John Cooke), and Marcella. His in-laws, Lena and Alex Peter Floyd; brothers-in-law, Joe Chisholm, John Chisholm, Michael Campbell, AJ Floyd; and Catherine and Ronald Chisholm. Visitation will be at T.W. Curry Parkview Chapel on Saturday, June 14 between 7 and 9 p.m.; and Sunday, June 15, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral mass will be concelebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, June 16 at St Anthony Daniel Church Sydney. Interment to follow at Resurrection Cemetery. The family would like to thank Dr. Liam Orrell, Dr. Paul MacDonald and Dr. Anne Frances D'Intino; the nurses and staff on 4B and the AnCala Palliative Care unit for their compassion and caring. Donations may be made in Duncan's memory to the C.B. Regional Hospital Foundation Cardiac Care program fund or the Hospice Society of Cape Breton An Cala Palliative Care unit.


  • Visitation Saturday, June 14, 2014
  • Visitation Sunday, June 15, 2014
  • Funeral Mass Monday, June 16, 2014

Duncan Francis MacIntyre

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Amilyn Kearney

June 20, 2014

May fond memories of your loved one bring you peace at this difficult time. My sincere sympathies on your loss.

Lynda and Richard MacAulay

June 18, 2014

Shaun, Denise and family. Thinking of you all at this very sad time.

Duncan & Mary Kiely

June 17, 2014

To My Cousins,

Soo Sorry to Hear about the Loss of Your Dad. He was Such a Gentle Giant of a Man, and Always Interested to Catch up at All Family Gatherings. His Handsome Smile and Tight Hand Shake was Infectious. It is "Never" easy to Say Goodbye to a Parent, But Wonderful Memories Help a Little......

Thinking of You All....Duncan and Mary Kiely

Gus MacIntyre

June 17, 2014

Celebrating a life well lived & will cherish the memories forever.
Our thoughts & prayers are with Uncle Duncan's family at this difficult time.
Deepest condolences to you all.
Gus(nephew),Chris MacIntyre & family

Phonse and Angela Gillis

June 17, 2014

Dear Mary Lou and Family,

Sincere sympathy is expressed to you and your family on the death of your Dad. It is difficult to say "so long" to someone who lived such a big life, and was so well loved by his family and the larger CB community. We always enjoyed seeing Duncan at StFX social and athletic events over the years. He has left a great legacy in his beautiful children and grandchildren of whom he was so proud. May you always feel his loving presence in your midst.

Phonse and Angela

June 16, 2014

Our sincere sympathy to the Family, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Clem Harris and Family
(Main-A-Dieu NS)

Ron MacLean

June 16, 2014

To the MacIntyre family, please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of your dad. He was great local business man, sportsman, community leader and builder who will be greatly missed.

Scott MacQuarrie

June 16, 2014

Floyd, Shaun, Duncan and family's. Sorry to read about your fathers passing. He was surely a great man and the business and sports community will miss him. My deepest condolences to you all and my prayers are with all the family

Mary Ann Wiseman

June 15, 2014

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Beverley MacIntyre

June 15, 2014

My toughts are with" Big Dunc's" family during this sad time.But what a full life! I still remember Uncle Duncan with a kind word and hug for everyone at the Dundee Family Reunion in 1995.
Sympathies from Donald and Irene's daughter