Ian M. ‘Mac’ McIntosh, 90, formerly of Independence, Missouri, died peacefully February 24th, 2021 in Hudson, Wisconsin. Ian was born July 22, 1930 in Santiago, Chile; the son of Frederick (a mining engineer) and Elisabeth (Ritchie) McIntosh. He graduated from Yale University in 1951, a triple-major in Literature, Philosophy, and the Arts. He joined the United States Navy, serving as a Lt. JG. on the heavy cruiser ‘Baltimore’. Duty took him from Boston to Norway, the Mediterranean, ‘Gitmo’, Japan, and Hong Kong. Lt. McIntosh met Joyce Fullwood at church in Riverside, Illinois and married her three years later. They moved to Boston where he earned a Master’s Degree of Science in food technology from MIT: as he would say, “People have to eat”. They had two sons; Andrew and Jeff. Ian worked his entire career for Thomas J. Lipton, making Wishbone salad dressing. Ian and Joyce lived in Independence, MO for 51 years (1965-2016).
‘Mac’ was happiest when he was sailing. He was a longtime member of the Jacomo Sailing Club, Kansas City, MO. On their Board of Directors, he served as Commodore twice, and many years on their executive committee as Secretary and Treasurer. He started and helped with the club’s Junior Sailing program, worked regattas and races, and was captain of Windmill Fleet #16 in Kansas City several times. In 1991, he was awarded the club’s top honor, the Edgar Kennedy Award for distinguished service, awarded to members who best exemplified the sportsmanship of sailing and had made major contributions to the club. He raced until his late 70’s and was well known for being a calm skipper, never yelling at his crew – a true Corinthian! He continued sailing at the family’s summer cottage in Ontario into his late 80’s.
He loved choral singing and was a second bass; his speaking voice was tenor. He sang in church choirs, high school choruses, the MIT Choral Society (Boston), the Collegiate Chorale of NYC, and was privileged to sing under Leonard Bernstein at the opening of Lincoln Center. A charter member of Fine Arts Chorale, Kansas City, MO, Ian sang with this group for 30 years and recorded many concerts for members.
Ian was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, Independence, MO, for forty-five years, faithfully attending the 8 AM service, allowing him to sail on Lake Jacomo the rest of the day. He was a member of the Church of the Resurrection in Blue Springs, MO for five years, and since 2016, the Church of the Ascension in Stillwater, MN.
A memorial service will be live-streamed at 7pm (CST), Thursday March 4th from the O’Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson. Please follow this link for a copy of the Liturgy.
Interment: Jocelyn Anglican Church and cemetery, St. Joseph Island, Ontario. Memorials to “Holy Trinity, Jocelyn”, PO Box 61, Richards Landing, Ontario, CANADA P0R 1J0.