Reading – Word was received this morning that retired longtime Reading Department of Public Works Director Ted McIntire passed away last night.
McIntire was reportedly at Brigham and Women’s Hospital over the weekend for surgery, and was doing well before taking a turn for the worse late yesterday.
McIntire, who grew up in Reading, spent 38 years working for the town, most of it as the Director of Public Works, before retiring in 2009.
He had been the interim director of the DPW for only 30 days when he faced a crisis situation in September 1992, when during the morning rush hour a Cumberland Gulf gasoline tanker truck filled with more than 10,000 gallons of gasolineflipped over on I-93 northbound in Wilmington, and the contents of the truck spilled into the Ipswich River and adjacent wetlands.
The town made emergency water connections with neighboring communities including Woburn, Stoneham, Wakefield and North Reading, under McIntire’s leadership.
Funeral arrangements have not been announced yet by the family, but they are expected to be handled by the Douglass, Edgerley and Bessom Funeral Home.