The Shoalhaven has lost another of its statesmen with the death of former Shire President and renowned dairyman Bruce McIntosh.
Mr McIntosh died at his Woodside Park home at Berry on Saturday, September 1, aged 90.
As with many of his generation he was hugely community orientated, heavily involved in numerous organisations within the township and further afield across the Shoalhaven.
He has been described as a stalwart of the Berry community.
The family originally farmed and showed Ayrshire cattle from their Berry property with numerous major title wins.
Mr McIntosh oversaw the family’s move into Holstein cattle, which continue to be milked on the property today.
As well as being an outstanding dairyman and cattle breeder, he played a role in local dairy industry, Holstein association and the local agriculture scene in general.
He was heavily involved in the Berry Show Society for most of his life, and the Royal Agricultural Society Sydney Royal Easter Show, where he not only exhibited with his father and by himself, but supported his son Rob and later grandsons Doug and Hamish.
For a number of years he was the Sydney chief cattle steward and the family’s association has been recognised with one of the cattle judging pavilions named in their honour, the McIntosh Pavilion.
He had an 18-year career in local government, where he was a councillor from 1959-1977 and Shire President for six years (1962-1968).
It is understood at the time he was elected Shire President he was the youngest ever to hold the position.
Mr McIntosh was awarded an OAM in the Australia Day honours in 1980 for among other things his services to local government.
He was also instrumental in the creation of the then Nowra Animal Park, which has since gone on to become the Shoalhaven Zoo.
Mr McIntosh is survived by his wife of more than 60 years Nora, their children Jan, Lindy, Rob, Sally, Kathy and Susie, sons and daughters-in-laws Phil, Bruce, Susie, Rob, Peter and Roy as well as his many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
A memorial service for Mr McIntosh will be held at St Luke’s Anglican Church, 68 Princess Street, Berry on Monday, September 24 at 11am and afterwards at Woodside Park.