Conrad G. McIntire Sr.
REGION -- Conrad G. McIntire Sr., 89, died peacefully at his home on May 26, 2011.
He was born in Dixfield on April 8, 1922, one of four children to the late Leon and Bertha Lillian McIntire. Conrad was raised in Dixfield and spent his summers at Upper Dam located in the Rangley Lakes. Through this, he developed a love for the outdoors and always was an active outdoorsman who even after being married would bring his family to the Rangley Lakes for vacation time each summer.
He was an honorable man who served his country during World War II as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Army Corps in which his job took him to Africa and Chung King China, where he was associated with the Flying Tigers on a China Mission flying a C-47 for the Army Air
After the war, he received specialized training in mechanics and engineering and worked first for Pratt & Whitney as an Aircraft Industrial Designer and then for twenty seven years for Kaman Corporation.
In 1952, he married Anne Smyrski, and was married for 52 years before she predeceased him in 2005.
He is survived by his two sons and a daughter-in-law, Conrad G. McIntire, Jr. and his wife, Donna, and Randall McIntire, also of Ellington; his grandson, Cody McIntire; a brother, Leon McIntire of Danielson; and a sister, Mary Jean White of Orono; and several nieces and nephews.
Conrad was predeceased by a sister, Edith McDonald in 1990.
Conrad is remembered for many things; honoring his country, his family, his work, love of the outdoors, and for the way he never complained despite his declining health over the last few years, handling it with the same dignity and class in which he lived his life and teaching the truth of the Apostle Paul’s words in Corinthians 12:10; “For when I am weak, then I am strong”. Now he is finding true another teaching of Paul; “For me to live is Christ and to die is gain.”