Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Members Saddened by the Passing of Former Executive Officer Robert T. McIntyre

Sep 12, 2013, 14:35 ET from Pennsylvania AFL-CIO

HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO is saddened by the passing of Robert McIntyre, 82, the former Executive Officer of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO. Mr. McIntyre had served as the Executive Vice President of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO from 1982 until 1990. Prior to his election as Executive Vice President he had served as Treasurer of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO having been elected to that post in 1971.

"Bob McIntyre was a dedicated and effective union leader during a significant part of his career. At every level and capacity of service, whether in the labor movement or public service, he held a strong and enduring belief in the rights of working families and in defending and promoting the living standards for all workers. He loved his country and he loved the labor movement," President Bloomingdale said.

"He was an exceptional person who tirelessly served and led his union as well as having served and defended his country," Secretary-Treasurer Snyder said.

His obituary in the Scranton Times-Tribune describes his many contributions and service to his country and to the labor movement. It reads: "Robert was a man of strong faith, proud of his Irish heritage, loved and fought for his country and the rights of his fellow man. He was born, raised and lived in Scranton all of his life.  Bob was a member of Holy Name of Jesus Church and was a graduate of Scranton High School and Local 81 IBEW Apprentice School."

"Robert proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean conflict on the USS Mitchell, and then returned home and served 15 years in the Naval Reserve. He received several medals, including the Combat Action Ribbon.

After Korea Bob worked as a union electrician for Local 81 IBEW. Through the union he took up arms for his fellow working man. He served as field representative organizer for the National AFL-CIO. He was president of Local 81 IBEW, and was executive vice president and treasurer of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO. He was employed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a commissioner for the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board.

Bob also served on many boards and commissions throughout his career, representing working families. He is survived by a daughter, Colleen Rhue and campanion Bob Michel, Taylor;  a brother John McIntyre and wife, Charlotte, Scranton; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins."

The funeral will be Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at the August J. Haas Funeral Home Inc., 202 Pittston Ave., with Mass at 10:00 a.m. in Holy Name of Jesus Church, 1414 E. Elm St., Scranton, to be celebrated by the Rev. Michael Bryant, pastor. Internment, Cathedral Cemetery.

Friends may call Friday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John Neumann Parish, 633 Orchard St., Scranton, 18505; or to Gino J. Merli Veterans Center, 401 Penn Ave., Scranton, 18503. To leave an online condolence, visit

SOURCE Pennsylvania AFL-CIO