William "Bill" Davis McIntyre Jr. of Monroe, passed away peacefully on Nov. 6, 2017 at the age of 81.
Bill was born in Monroe on Dec. 5, 1935, to the late William Davis McIntyre Sr. and the late Prudence Harrington McIntyre. The third of six children, he was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Prudence Ann McIntyre (in 1938), Jan Mary Linsenmeyer (in 1995), and Sharon McIntyre Malone (in 2012).
He attended elementary school at the Hall of the Divine Child in Monroe and graduated from Georgetown Preparatory School in Garrett Park, Maryland in 1954. Following graduation from high school he attended the University of Detroit and the University of Notre Dame for his undergraduate studies. In 1976, he graduated from the Harvard University Executive MBA Program.
Bill headed the international operations of the Monroe Auto Equipment Company for more than 20 years, including seven years based in Switzerland and Belgium. During that time, Bill traveled the world extensively successfully working to expand Monroe Auto's presence worldwide. The international operations consisted of 2,000 employees and 10 manufacturing operations in Europe, Latin America, the Far East, and Australia. During his international career, Bill was a member of the Conference Board's International Committee based in New York City.
Tenneco, Inc. ultimately acquired Monroe Auto in 1977 and in 1981, he resigned from the company to go into business for himself. From 1981 to 1990 he was the president and owner of Michigan Technical Investors. One of the investments in this company's portfolio was a master franchise of American Speedy Printing Centers. The Michigan based parent company began to experience serious financial difficulties in 1990 and it was at that time that Bill was recruited and named president. He successfully guided the company through a Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding and became chief executive officer of the company upon successfully emerging from Chapter 11 in the spring of 1993.
Bill and his loving wife, Susan, were married for 54 years. He is survived by his beloved Susan; and their four children, Michael (Paula) McIntyre, of Cedar, Molly (Eric) Romano, of Webster Groves, Missouri, Frank McIntyre, of Ann Arbor, and AnnMarie (Dominic) Treglia, of Chelsea; six cherished grandchildren, Ben (McIntyre), Gabriella, Christian, and Alexandria (Romano), Isabella and Arianna (Treglia); sister, Priscilla McIntyre Payne; and brother, Tom McIntyre.
A lifelong resident of Monroe, Bill felt a special responsibility to his community and organizations around the country. At different times Bill served as chairman of the boards of Mercy Memorial Hospital, the Monroe County Red Cross, the United Way of Monroe County, the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce, the Monroe YMCA, and St. John's Primary School. He led fund raising campaigns for each of these organizations as well as for his parish, St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, and St. Mary Catholic Central High School.
Bill was the chairman of the Board of Directors of Monroe Bank and Trust for many years and acted as chairman of the bank's Governance Committee and a member of the Audit Committee.
He was named Alumnus of the Year by St. Mary Catholic Central and was a recipient of the Minute Man Award given by former Governor William Milliken. He served on the Michigan Historical Committee and on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee for the State of Michigan Chamber of Commerce. While a member of the Legatus organization, Bill served as the vice chairman of the Board of Governors. He also served as president of the Genesis Chapter of Legatus and on the Board of Regents of Ave Maria University in Ave Maria City, Florida. Bill was a member of the Detroit Presidents' Organization, the Ave Maria Founders Club, and the Detroit Chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers. He is a past member of the Young Presidents Organization and the Chief Executive Officer organization.
More than anything, the most important part of Bill's life was his faith and his family. His wife, Susan was his treasure and his children and grandchildren were his true pride in life; he spoke of all of them with great love and affection. Bill truly was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, and friend who will be missed greatly by all. Led by his faith Bill played a major role in the lives of family, community, many friends, and his church. A leader in every way, he was a man highly respected by all who knew and loved him.
Visitation will be held on Friday, Nov. 10 from 3 to 8 p.m. in the Bacarella Funeral Home, 1201 S. Telegraph Road, Monroe, MI 49161, where at 7 p.m. that evening, Deacon Michael Stewart will lead the rosary. On Saturday, Nov. 11, he will lie in state at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, 511 S. Monroe St, in Monroe from 10 a.m. until a Mass of the Resurrection celebrating his life at 11 a.m. The Rev. James Smalarz will preside at the Mass; concelebrating priests will be Rev. Raymond Arwady, Rev. Terrence Kerner, and Rev. Timothy Laboe; Deacon Michael Stewart will assist. Interment will follow at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Mary Catholic Central High School Scholarship Fund, St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church or to a charity of choice.
Online condolences and special memories may be shared with the family by visiting the obituary page at www.bacarellafuneralhome.com.
Published on November 9, 2017