Barbara McIntyre will be missed by many
Last week we heard about the passing of Barbara Macintyre. Barb was more than a friend, and a loss of anyone is always sad. But, Barb's passing is symbolic because, while she never achieved fame and fortune, she stood tall among us and fought for the rights of working people and the poor.
In a way she was from a past time when people were not cynical about the political system, unions and community activism. From her past employment at Energizer to each and every political campaign Barbara was there. Her political activism along with a wellspring of boundless energy exhibited on behalf of the Bennington County Democratic Committee helped elect representatives on the state and national level. Her tireless commitment was unparalleled and will be missed. The Vermont State Democratic Party Committee recognized her spirited dedication when they honored her with the Curtis Award for outstanding service to her Party and Community in 2011.
It was not just her efforts on behalf of political candidates. She worked selflessly for peace groups and her adopted Nicaraguan family. She symbolized an old fashion public display of her patriotism and belief in the goodness of people and a passion for fairness and justice. Her compassion will be missed.
Her passing just reminds us of Tom Jobb's speech at the end of the Grapes of Wrath:
" I'll be all aroun' in the dark. I'll be everywhere — wherever you look. Wherever they's a fight so hungry people can eat, I'll be there. Wherever they's a cop beatin' up a guy, I'll be there .I'll be in the way guys yell when they're mad an' — I'll be in the way kids laugh when they're hungry an' they know supper's ready. An' when our folks eat the stuff they raise an' live in the houses they build — why, I'll be there."
That's why Barb meant so much to so many people, and why she will always be there for them in their hearts.
— Jerry Skapof, Manchester, and Wendy Rae Woods-Hartwell, Orleans, Cape Cod, Mass, formerly Dorset, Vt.