Portrait of devotion: A memorial tribute to late Craig resident Dan McIntyre
April 9, 2012
“He felt blessed because he was more fortunate and he was happy to give it back.”
— Justin McIntyre, of Craig, about his father Dan McIntyre’s service to the St. Michael’s Community Kitchen meal program
"He felt blessed because he was more fortunate and he was happy to give it back."
— Justin McIntyre, of Craig, about his father Dan McIntyre's service to the St. Michael's Community Kitchen meal program
Dan McIntyre wasn't the kind of man to seek prestige and notoriety.
The Craig resident didn't hold elected office, and he wasn't a fixture in places of power.
Although he served a term on the Craig Daily Press editorial board, he didn't gauge his life against the fickle standards of public opinion.
Instead, the retired U.S. Forest Service engineer and Vietnam veteran made a mark in a more personal arena.
He doted on his children and grandchildren and showered them with handmade wooden toys every Christmas, his wife Betty said.
He was a parishioner at St. Michael Catholic Church and was a cornerstone of St. Michael's Community Kitchen, a twice-weekly meal program, delivering hot lunches and dinners to the homebound.
His volunteerism didn't put him in the limelight, but it helped define who he was: generous, friendly and always willing to help.
"He couldn't seem to do enough for people," said Robin Schiffbauer, a Community Kitchen volunteer.
On a recent afternoon, his family remembered the father, husband and volunteer whose death April 2 at age 63 left a void in their lives.
"He was fun," said Betty, 59. "He was easy to get along with.
"We made a good team, I guess."
Their son, Justin McIntyre, 37, wiped tears from his eyes as he remembered his father's guidance.
"He showed me how to be a man," the Craig resident said.
Dan and Betty's daughter, Carmen Edmonds, of Stephens City, Va., recalled her father's attentive care as a parent that extended to her daughters, Danielle, 13, and Lanie, 11.
"He read to us," said Carmen, 39. "He popped us popcorn. He bought us the things that mom wouldn't. He came to our games."
Dan's work ethic was rivaled only by his love of life, his family said, and he offered his help as easily as he did a smile.
"He felt blessed because he was more fortunate and he was happy to give it back," Justin said about his father's service to the Community Kitchen.
Dan was an integral part of the program from the time it began in December 2010, and he organized routes used to deliver hot meals to as many as 50 residents at a time, Schiffbauer said.
"He really, truly believed in this program," she said. "He was very, very devoted to it."
During his deliveries, Dan would offer to help the homebound with tasks as simple as changing a light bulb, Betty said.
"Every time somebody needed a favor, he'd go back and do it later after the meals were delivered," she said.
Schiffbauer wasn't surprised, she said. That was the kind of person Dan was.
Perhaps it's fitting that the final tribute to Dan's life will be offered in the church where he gave so much of his time.
A mass of Christian burial will take place at 10 a.m. today at St. Michael Catholic Church, 678 School St., with interment following at Craig Cemetery. A dinner will take place at the church after the service.
The words that best describe Dan — caring father, devoted husband, committed volunteer — may not be the ones ascribed to power or prestige.
But they convey who Dan was and the profound impact he left on those who knew and loved him.