Helen (Sullivan) and Larry McIntyre, c1938

Helen (Sullivan) and Larry McIntyre, c1938
Helen (Sullivan) and Larry McIntyre, c1938

About Lawrence F. McIntyre and Helen M. Sullivan

About Lawrence F. McIntyre and Helen M. Sullivan

Lawrence Francis McIntyre born, January 2, 1913, was named John Francis McIntyre on his birth certificate. But, by the time he was baptized at St. Malachy Church in Chicago on January 19, 1913, his given name was Lawrence. Helen Mae Sullivan, born on March 11, 1914, moved with her parents and older brother to 18 N. Latrobe before she started elementary school. Larry and Helen were married on November 26, 1937 in Chicago Illinois at St. Thomas Aquinas Church. They lived on the westside of Chicago at various addresses, moving back to 18 N. Latrobe c1949 and lived there until 1967 when they moved to the northside of the City. Larry retired from the Weil Pump Company in the 1980s and Helen retired from Home Federal Savings in the 1970s. They were original owners of their condo on Lake Michigan. Larry loved to stand on his balcony overlooking the lake and enjoy the sun. Helen liked the freedom of hoping on a bus to go downtown or a quick walk to the grocery store. She never learned to drive so Larry would often chauffeur her around. When he died in 1995 (February 28) she said she had lost her "best friend." Helen enjoyed her condo on Lake Michigan and was able to live independently until her death on September 29, 2008. For information about Helen Sullivan McIntyre prior to her marriage, go to the Sullivan/Madigan Genealogy Blog. And for information on Lawrence McIntyre prior to the marriage go to the McIntyre/Walsh Genealogy Blog.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Larry McIntyre, The Smoker, c1937

Larry McIntyre was a smoker and a comedian.  He said he started smoking when he was 12 years old and selling newspapers on the west side of Chicago.  He smoked Camel cigarettes, nearly two packs a day.  When he was about 80 years old he stopped smoking cold turkey!  He was having some trouble breathing after he walked and had been diagnosed with COPD.  I remember asking him how he could just stop smoking after all of those years and he said "The doctor said I shouldn't smoke anymore, so I just didn't buy anymore cigarettes!"

I remember as a young girl, the "special" gift for Dad on Father's Day was always a carton of Camels.  Amazing.  Photo c1937
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Friday, February 19, 2010

5855 N. Sheridan Road, 2004

Helen and Larry bought their first home in 1967. A condominium built by Dunbar Builders on Lake Michigan.  It was one of the first condominium buildings in Chicago.  When the developers initially designed the two towers, they were to be 16 stories each.  The first building sold so fast that by the time Helen and Larry decided to buy, the developers had almost doubled the height making the second tower 26 stories.  The lowest available one-bedroom, facing south, was on the 18th floor and construction had not yet begun.  Helen and Larry enjoyed the building's balconies, pool, and beach. They lived there the remainder of their lives.
The first tower, which can be seen in the right corner of the photo, is were Bob Newhart was supposedly living in his 1970s TV Show.
A one bedroom, 900 square foot unit costs $24,300 in 1967. By 2007, the price had increased eight-fold.  They made a good investment!
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Stuffo Baby

Helen loved her stuffed animals - and she had many of them. Her favorites seem to be monkeys and frogs but her love was "Baby."   Baby traveled with her, attended events (including Helen and Larry's 50th wedding anniversary party) and kept her company.  She would dress him, add ribbon bows to his ears, and set him on the couch in the living room so he could join Helen and Larry when they watched TV.  The t-shirt Baby was wearing at the time of Helen's death said: "Life's a beach - Then you die."  Clipped to the neck of the shirt was a "JFK" button.
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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Larry Sr., Helen and Larry Jr., 1945

The McIntyre Family at the celebration of Fr. Charles Sullivan's 25th anniversary as a Jesuit, June 24, 1945.  Standing in front of Holy Family Church, Chicago, Illinois.
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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Helen Sullivan the Poet, 1935

Helen Sullivan McIntyre starting writing poetry when she was in high school at Trinity in River Forest. The oldest of her existing poems was written in 1935. When asked about the poem she said "I wrote this about Larry McIntyre two years before we were married. At the time, Larry was also dating another women and I didn’t know who he would finally choose."


I look into your eyes
Your heart was there inside
You whispered a few sweet lies
And your arms were opened wide.

You knew I’d love you forever
That was nothing new to you
You knew I’d always endeavor
To make you love me too.

And so in between our kisses
Someone else took my place
You thought “how swell this is”
Another love – another face.

You loved me – but she was sweet
Someone new to rave about
I was O.K. but she was neat
‘Twas second place for me no doubt.

And so the time has come to choose
If I’m to go – then of course she stays
Oh honey! If I’m the one to lose
Then thanks for all the yesterdays.

Monday, February 15, 2010

McIntyre-Sullivan Family History Website

The McIntyre-Sullivan Family History Website is underconstruction. It includes birth, marriage and death related information. Direct family names include McIntyre, Sullivan, Walsh, Madigan, Cawley, Fitzgerald, Connor, Colfer, and Reidy. Photos of many individuals are also included. It can be viewed at McIntyreGenealogy.com