Remembering Bob Mackintosh, of Wilton

WILTON – Family man and Boston sports fan Robert Mackintosh Jr. changed his career to spend more time with his family and to help others.

Mackintosh died on Dec. 11 at the age of 55.

Mackintosh left his career in journalism, according to his daughter, Hannah, to make a difference for people with traumatic brain injuries as a result of caring for his handicapped daughter, Ryann, who suffered from cerebral palsy and died in 2004. Before her death, he became a certified brain injury specialist and was a compassionate person who helped many patients.

“He wanted to give something back. He enjoyed working with the patients. They gave him a lot of difficult cases because his boss said he was so good at it and good at helping others,” Hannah Mackintosh said. “Over the year, we had five clients living with us and he loved what he did. He went above and beyond and after hours would help out.”

Bob Mackintosh was a 1976 graduate of the Wilton-Lyndeborough Co-op. Both father and daughter were proud Warriors and Bob was a fixture at Hannah’s softball games, always cheering for the Warriors.

“He was a big family man and throughout high school, he went to every one of my games and was my biggest fan and my best friend. We talked every day. We did a lot of Red Sox games together and he was a big Boston sports fan,” Hannah remembered.

Seeing another World Series Championship this past fall was a thrill for them both.

“We did family dinners with my aunt and uncle in Milford ever Sunday and switch host house so dad would cook every other Sunday,” Hannah said.

Playing disc golf with his wife, Martha, and friends was another passion. In honor of his memory, his friends played disc golf up at WLC in the freezing cold after his calling hours.

Mackintosh worked for many years as a journalist, working as a reporter and editor for the Daily News, of Newburyport, Mass., the Milford Cabinet, Neighborhood Publications and the Peterborough Transcript.

The Wilton native was involved with Wilton Old Home Days and the Souhegan Valley Resources. He was member of the Sons of the American Legion at the Bent Burke Post 10.