John Roy ‘Mickey’ McIntosh, 85

John Roy “Mickey” McIntosh, 85, born April 20, 1933, passed away on April 29, 2018, in a peaceful, loving environment.

McIntosh grew up in Chicago, Ill., and graduated from Roosevelt University with a bachelor’s degree in biology. He received his master’s degree in guidance and counseling from the University of Chicago. He was a guidance counselor at Horace Mann High School in Gary, Ind., and then attended Purdue University and earned a doctorate in school administration. Of note, McIntosh participated in the 1963 civil rights march in Washington, D.C.

In 1972, he was hired as an assistant principal by the Newark School District in Newark, Del. He was ultimately the principal of Newark High School before becoming the assistant director of the Delaware Autism Program.

While working in the school district, McIntosh also was in the Air Force Reserves as a med tech for 21 years. He loved the Air Force and all the friends he made there. While in the Reserves, he served in Operation Desert Storm. While in the Army, he had served during the post-World War II years in Germany.

Upon retiring from the school district and the Air Force, McIntosh moved to Frankford, Del. He loved vacations, tennis, cycling and whitewater rafting. He absolutely loved to dance and had a wonderful voice.

In addition to his best friend and former wife, Marie McIntosh, he leaves behind his children, Karen Boyd, Marc McIntosh, Jeff McIntosh and Eve Tolefree, and their spouses; his grandchildren; his siblings, June Parker, Donald McIntosh, Riley McIntosh and Mona Lisa Clayton and a number of nieces and nephews.

Services and burial were to be private, at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro, Del. Condolences may be sent online at