Reginald James McIntyre

  • Born: September 15, 1943
  • Died: September 29, 2021
  • Location: Hammond, Louisiana

Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home

PO Box 2035
2000 N Morrison Blvd
Hammond, LA 70404
Tel. (985) 345-5801

Tribute & Message From The Family

Reginald James McIntyre (Reggie), 78 years old of Hammond, Louisiana, passed away on September 29, 2021, at St. Tammany Parish Hospital due to complications from cancer.
Reggie was born September 15, 1943 at Touro, New Orleans, to James McIntyre (Cleo) and Ophelia Uli McIntyre (Phil). He had one brother, Rodney McIntyre (Buddy). He grew up in Independence, Louisiana, attended Mater Dolorosa and Southeastern High School in Hammond. Raised in both Irish and Sicilian-Italian traditions, these were fundamental to his big personality, love of family, and strong Catholic faith.
He was a graduate of Tulane University (1966) where he was a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity, and he received his Juris Doctorate from LSU Law School in 1970. The lifelong friendships he held with his Tulane friends were a source of pride and remain an important part of his life to this day.
Reggie married his beloved wife of 55 years, Patricia Donohue McIntyre, on June 4, 1966, in Abbeville, Louisiana. They met during Mardi Gras, while she was attending Dominican College and he was at Tulane. Because of this, Mardi Gras was his favorite holiday, and they celebrated with dear and treasured friends every year.
His Catholic faith was the foundation and backbone of his character, and he, along with his family were devout parishioners of Holy Ghost Catholic parish, Diocese of Baton Rouge. Reggie loved sports and loved to cheer on his beloved LSU Tigers and New Orleans Saints. Besides his family, which was always the pride of his life, his close friendships and relationships established throughout his life in Hammond brought him immeasurable joy and strength.
From the years of 1977-1989, he served as City Attorney for the City of Hammond. He then served as Public Defender for 8 years; and ultimately, in his career defining role as Chief Public Defender of the 21st Judicial District for the Florida Parishes for 22 years, retiring June 30, 2021. Upon his retirement, he received special recognition for his 22 years of dedicated service and unyielding leadership as Chief Public Defender by the Governor of the State of Louisiana, John Bel Edwards.
His memberships included State of Louisiana Bar Association (1970-2021), Louisiana Public Defender Board (1990-2021), and Hammond Mortgage Authority Board (1980-2021).
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ophelia Uli McIntyre (May 1976), Cleo James McIntyre (January 1997), parents-in-law, John Paul Donohue (January 2001), Marie Elise Lege' Donohue (March 2020), his brother Rodney Pete McIntyre (February 2013), and his nephew, Patrick Lege Donohue, Jr. (March 2012).
He is survived in death by his wife, Patricia Donohue McIntyre, and his four children -Courtney McIntyre, Reginald McIntyre, Jr. (Amy), Margaret McIntyre VanRyckeghem (Mike), and Patricia McIntyre Plantan (Neil). He has eight grandchildren, Landry Elizabeth Werth, Marie Camille Werth, John Bogardus Werth, Jr., Reginald James McIntyre, III, Colin William McIntyre, Ryland Evans McIntyre, Erin Elise VanRyckeghem and Elise Virginia Plantan.
Services will be held Wednesday October 6th, 2021, 11am at Holy Ghost Catholic Church, officiated by Fr. Cayet Mangiarcina - O.P. Visitations are offered at McNeely and Sons Funeral Home of Hammond on Tuesday, October 5th from 6-9pm and on Wednesday, October 6th from 9-10:30am, after which we will process to Holy Ghost for services. Burial services will be at Amite Cemetery immediately following the funeral. Pallbearers will be Reginald McIntyre III, Colin McIntyre, John Werth Jr., John Donohue III, Daniel Donohue, James Donohue, Sr., James Donohue Jr., Allen Kuhn Jr. Honorary Pallbearers are John Gary, John Paul Donohue, Jr., Patrick Donohue, Allen Kuhn and Neil Plantan.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made to Holy Ghost Catholic Church, Hammond, Louisiana.

Condolence & Memory Journal

I am so sorry and very sad loosing a very nice high school friend of many years. Reggie contributed unselfishly so much to our community and he will be missed by many. It was a pleasure to be his friend. ♥

Posted by Nadine Lagarde - Amite, LA - Friend   October 07, 2021

Surely didn't mean to leave Reggie Jr out of our former condolence post. are the image of your handsome dad and so kind and gracious like both of your parents. God Bless you all.

Posted by Glenda/Alan Sharkey - Amite/Ponchatoula, LA - Friend   October 06, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss.All my love and prayers are with you at this sad time.

Posted by Monica Greer - HAMMOND - Friend   October 06, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of Reggie`s passing. I worked for Reggie in his law office for many years and he was always so kind to me. I love the whole McIntyre crew. Mrs. Pat - you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Kelli S. (Baudean) Roe    October 06, 2021

Oh so sorry for your loss and the loss of our dear long time family friend. Reg and his dad Mr. Cleo and his wife Pat and his children I have left us with many wonderful memories that we will cherishForever. Our prayers are with you.

Posted by Eloise and Gordon Anderson - Hammond   October 06, 2021

So sorry to hear about Reg. Prayers go to the whole family. He and I fought many a battle together and he always had my back. He will not be forgotten.

Posted by Debbie Saik - Hammond, LA - Friend   October 06, 2021

My brother Alan and I both have many wonderful memories of Reggie all through the years. We both offer heartfelt condolences to Pat, Courtney, Margaret, Patricia, all the Grands, extended family and a wealth of friends.He is totally irreplaceable. Our brother Daryl and Reggie had birthdays a day apart and I can surely imagine Daryl in the group welcoming him Home. Many prayers for this precious family.

Posted by Glenda Sharkey - Amite/Ponchatoula, LA - Friend   October 05, 2021

Reggie's years of dedicated public service are inspiring and worthy of emulation by all young Americans.

Posted by Joe D'Anna - White Rock, NM - Classmate   October 05, 2021

Reginald James McIntyre was a great Man and mentor. He spent a great deal of time being personable with his colleagues. He never looked down upon any man and treated each person with respect. When Mr. Mitchell recommended me for the Board he respected his decision and offered his assistance.

I am proud to have had the opportunity to meet and work with him. He always stated his views openly to everyone.

Donald W North

Vice Chancellor Southern University Law Center

Posted by Donald North - Baton Rouge, LA - Coworker   October 05, 2021

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Posted by Janet Cannon - Hammond, LA - Friend   October 05, 2021

Oh so sorry for your loss and the loss of our dear long time family friend.Reg His dad Mr. Cleo and his wife Pat and their Children left us with many good memories that we will cherish always. Our prayers are with you. Yeah Reggie McIntyre

Posted by Eloise and Gordon Anderson - Hammond   October 05, 2021

There was no finer gentleman. My condolences to his wonderful wife Pat and his children Courtney, Lil Reg, Margaret and Patricia, along with all his grandchildren. RIP Big Reg

Posted by Joel Morgan - Hammond, LA - Friend   October 05, 2021

Dear Pat,

I wanted to send you and your family my thoughts and prayers at the loss of our dear Reggie! It was and honor to have worked with him over the years and his friendship was truly appreciated! I pray that God Bless you and send you all his peace!

Guy Recotta

Posted by Guy Recotta - Hammond, LA - Family Friend   October 05, 2021

I met Reggie in 1979 when I moved to Hammond from Arkansas; he always ribbed me about being from Arkansas. I was working for Ronald Sykes, that time and he asked me if I would serve on a public board because he wanted a CPA on the board AND he needed to find a woman to serve on the board as well. I happened to be both. I have never regretted that decision as I have been able to meet folks that might not have ordinarily have come into my life.

Reggie was usually upbeat and had positive additions to any conversation. He liked people. He was always a good friend and someone who you knew loved his family and friends.

Posted by Sandra Davis - Hammond, LA - Friend   October 05, 2021

I was shocked and soory to learn of Reggie's passing. The last I saw him was probably fice years ago and he was hale and hearty. We were law school classmates and friends and remained so even though we saw each only sporadically over the years. He was a great guy and will certainly be missed.

Posted by Robert Day - BATON ROUGE, LA - Friend   October 05, 2021

Margaret, Evie and family my thoughts and prayers are with you all! A beautiful life! May the peace of Jesus be your strength! Much love and prayers,
Mary Richard

Posted by Mary Richard - Friend   October 04, 2021

Pat, Courtney, Reg Jr, Margaret, Patricia, "Grands" and extended family... It is with deepest sadness we both send you our heartfelt condolences and prayers Heavenward for your comfort and peace. Reggie was a fine person who deeply loved all of you. We are grateful to call him friend. Our brother Daryl also loved Reggie and I would surely like to think he was in the group of his family and friends to welcome him home. God Bless

Posted by Glenda Sharkey & Alan Sharkey - Friend   October 03, 2021

Our deepest sympathies to Mrs Patricia and family.
We hold you close in our thoughts and prayers, and hope you know you can lean on us for whatever you may need.
Gina and Ronnie.

Posted by Ronnie and Gina Van Ryckeghem - Friend   October 03, 2021

A great fellow. Lots of good memories from K.A. days.

Posted by William Brierre - Friend   October 02, 2021