“A change in the road is not the end of the road, unless you fail to make the curve.”
On Sept. 12, 1929, Clifford Merle McIntosh was born in Dauphin, Man. He passed away Sunday, Nov. 1, 1998 at Atikokan General Hospital.
As a young man, Cliff was an avid swimmer, hockey player with the Dauphin Kings, and an accomplished boxer. Cliff also served two years with the RCMP in Regina, Sask.
Cliff was united in marriage to Joan Gray on Sept. 29, 1951. Cliff and Joan made their home in Atikokan from 1952-1958, where he was recreational director. As recreational director, he organized “Teen Town,” a swim program, and was a key player in the construction of Atikokan’s first swimming pool.
He recognized the importance of integrating work and family, and developed many community activities, including Little Theatre, arts, crafts, leadership training, children’s programs, and the formation of groups such as the “Northernaires.”
Cliff and Joan raised their two children, Greg and Cathe, in Atikokan, and then later at Quetico Centre.
In June, 1958, Cliff was instrumental in the formation of Quetico Centre. Always a forceful thinker, he probed the heart of an issue without hesitation. His abundant energy was tempered by his gentle love of all living things. It was in the development and growth of Quetico Centre that Cliff’s true talents and abilities as a visionary, futurist, and strategic thinker shone.
Under his tireless leadership, Quetico Centre has evolved into a unique organization designed to help people understand and cope with change.
Cliff’s work has been evident throughout Canada, and the United States and the world. A regular public speaker and author, he sought to help people shape change and to turn problems into opportunities. He worked extensively in the public and private sectors, including health care, government, industry, social service, and education.
Cliff’s contributions and commitment were recognized by his peers and colleagues. He received the Order of Canada, the Order of Ontario, the Ford Fellowship, the W.L. Grant Fellowship, Fellow of O.S.I.E., Doctor of Letters, and the Dr. Norman High Award.
Cliff was a man with a sense of humour who always enjoyed sharing a joke with friends. He also enjoyed photography, writing (having written several books), sailing, music and singing, nature, and the outdoors. He was a real people person and enjoyed spending time with others and especially his family, whom he loved dearly.
He had a special place in his heart for his grandchildren, who affectionately referred to him as “Grandpa Apple.”
Cliff will be sadly missed by family and friends, but will be fondly remembered for his dedication and love.
Clifford is survived by his loving wife of more than 47 years, Joan McIntosh of Quetico Centre; son, Greg McIntosh and wife, Karen, of Thunder Bay; daughter, Cathe and husband, Mark Hoszowski, of Quetico Centre; five grandchildren, Robi and Kalie McIntosh, and Ashleigh, Amber, and Derek Hoszowski; one brother, Larry; and three sisters, Leila, Gladys, and Audrey and their families.
A service transition will be held Friday, Nov. 6, 1998 at 11 a.m. at Riverview United Church in Atikokan, Ont., with Rev. Marilyn Matson officiating.
Honourary pallbearers will be all of Clifford’s family and friends.
Cliff’s family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of both the Thunder Bay Cancer Clinic and the Atikokan General Hospital for their help and compassionate care.
In lieu of flowers, in memoriam donations may be made to the Thunder Bay Regional Cancer Centre, 290 Munro St., Thunder Bay, Ont., P9A 7T1, or a charity of your choice.