The Cape Breton Highlanders
Judge Michael Leo McIntyre

Michael Leo McIntyre

Judge Michael Leo McIntyre -

Judge Michael Leo McIntyre. lifetime resident and prominent citizen of the town of Glace Bay, died Thursday, April 20, 2000, in the Glace Ray Healthcare Facility.

Born in Glace Bay, he was the son of the late M.G. (Mick) and Mary Kate (Bigley) McIntyre.

He attended St. John's School, Glace Bay and graduated from Glace Bay High and subsequently attended St. Francis Xavier University graduating with a BA in 1939.

In 1940 he answered the call to duty and enlisted with the Cape Breton Highlanders, Canadian Army active, Sydney. N.S., 1940. He served with the Canadian Army active force in Canada, England, Italy; Northwest Europe before being honourably discharged at Halifax, N.S., 1946 with the rank of captain. He was awarded the CVSM with Clasp and was awarded the Commander in Chief's certificate. He remained active in his beloved Highlanders throughout his career as an organizer and commanding officer in the militia, retiring with the rank of lieutenant colonel 2nd class.

Upon being discharged in Halifax, he enrolled in Dalhousie Law School. While attending law school he was employed as a staff announcer at radio station CHNS, in Halifax. He graduated from Dalhousie in 1950 and returned to his native Glace Bay entering the practice of law in 1951.

Judge McIntyre was a candidate in three federal elections ('53, '57, '68) and was appointed town solicitor, Town of Glace Bay in 1959, a position he held until his appointment as a provincial judge in 1971.

Judge McIntyre also served on several boards and received numerous appointments. Among them named, Queen's Counsel, Nova Scotia 1967; appointed town solicitor. Town of League of Canada; former solicitor, District No. 26, United Mineworkers of America; former member of the Board of Governors St. EX. University; former member, Council of Nova Scotia Barristers' Society; past-president, Alumnae Association, St. Francis Xavier University; member of the Pension Review Board, Department of Veterans' Affairs, Ottawa, Canada, appointed March 1971.

Member of the executive of the Cape Breton Division CNIB; former commen­tator Maritime Network Canadian Broadcasting Corp.; appointed chairman of the Adjustment Board of the Cape Breton Development Corp.; appointed chairman of the board, St. Joseph's Hospital, 1973; District Governor, Rotary International, District 782, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island, 1974-1975; recipient of the Paul Harris Fellowship Award; secretary treasurer; Nova Scotia Provincial Judges' Association, 1972-1977; provin­cial representative, Canadian Provincial Judges' Association, 1978-1979; appoint­ed first chairman of the board, Glace Bay Community Hospital, 1976; Honourary Lt. Col. 2nd Battalion, Nova Scotia Highlanders (CB) 1978; president, Nova Scotia Association of Provincial Court Judges, 1978-1979; member of the board of directors of the Canadian Hospital Association, 1979; past-presi­dent, Atlantic Broadcasters Ltd. (CJFX) 1976-1981; vice-president, Nova Scotia Association of Health Organizations, 1980-1981; chairman, Joint Manpower Consultative Committee for Public Service Alliance of Canada Employees and Cape Breton Development Corp., 1980-1981; president, Nova Scotia Association of Health Organizations, 1981-1983; lecturer, Canadian Police College, Ottawa 1981-1983; appointed Honourary Colonel, Nova Scotia Highlanders, 1983; Board of Governors. Canadian Corps of Commissionaires 1982-95 and was Provincial State Advocate of the K of C for 12 years, retir­ing as State Advocate Emeritus, Knights of Columbus.

Surviving are his four children, Michael (Sue), Windsor, Ont., Ronald (Verne), Baddeck, David (Joan), Dartmouth and Mary Rose, Halifax. He is a very special grandpa to his nine grandchildren, Colin, Emily, Katie, Michael, Kevin, Peter, Jon-David, Kayla and Kathryn. Also surviving are his devoted sisters, Marg Graham, Jean MacFarland and Frances Breski, all of Glace Bay.

He was predeceased by his father, M.G. (Mick) McIntyre and mother Mary Kate (Bigley), a brother, Thomas (Deco) and his cherished and loving companion of' 47 years, his wife, Lenore (Kennedy).