Robert Gould Macintire, retired river pilot

April 5, 2021

Robert Gould Macintire passed away on his 87th birthday Friday, March 26, 2021. He was born March 26, 1934, in Lewes, son of the late Howard Franklin and Fredonia (White) Macintire.

Bob loved everything about Lewes. His ancestors settled in Lewes in the 1600s from Holland. John Clowes, one of his ancestors and a lawyer who lived in Milton, was an officer in the Revolutionary War.

Bob was a Delaware River & Bay Pilot for 39 years. His other love was bees, and he was a Master Beekeeper and a lifetime member of the Eastern Apicultural Society. Bob was also a former president of the Sussex County Chapter as well as a Mason for over 50 years with the Jefferson Lodge of Lewes. 

Above all, Bob enjoyed spending time with those he held most dear. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend who will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

In addition to his parents, Bob was predeceased by his sister, Ann, and his brother, Jim. He is survived by his beloved wife, Bette (Hickman) Macintire; his sons: Sam (Anette) of Worcester, Mass., and Michael (Andrea) of Palm Harbor, Fla.; his daughter, Mary Sanger (Peter) of Boca Grande, Fla.; and his five grandchildren: Jackson Sanger, Andrew Sanger, Caroline Macintire, Allie Macintire and Emma Macintire.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions are requested to St. Peter's Episcopal Church, P. O. Box 464, Lewes, DE 19958.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Lewes.

Please visit Bob’s Life Memorial Webpage and sign his virtual guestbook at




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