BILLINGS- Bruce MacIntyre, a Billings School District 2 trustee and former chamber governmental relations director, died Tuesday at 81.
MacIntyre retired from the Billings Chamber of Commerce in 2016 after serving as the group’s unofficial lobbyist almost a decade.
The chamber named MacIntyre its 2017 Legacy Award winner, given for his “philanthropy, business support and dedication to the community,” according to a 2017 report from Last Best News.
MacIntyre played a key role lobbying for the successful passage of $4.3 million of levies for Billings schools in 2007, a string of his efforts to boost education in the area.
“Everyone who knew him learned from him. He was an incredible mentor with a kind heart and a wonderful sense of humor. To say he will be greatly missed is an understatement,” the chamber said in a statement on its Facebook page.
Shortly after he retired, MacIntyre was appointed as a Billings school board trustee, his first foray into elected office.
“Bruce loved our community and had boundless passion for education. He served on many campaigns to pass levies and bonds, was a stalwart supporter for educational issues during the legislative sessions, and enjoyed the nuances of policy and budget. He was highly respected by his fellow trustees, superintendent, staff and many in our city and across our state. He was a truly delightful person with a joyful sense of humor, limitless kindness, and a quiet wisdom that we all admired,” Superintendent Greg Upham and Board Chairwoman Greta Besch Moen said in written statement.
The district has not announced the next steps in replacing MacIntyre on the board. For past vacancies, board members have taken applications from the public and voted on the replacement, who then must run to retain the seat.
The Chamber team lost one of our best last night with the passing of Bruce MacIntyre. Bruce, who retired from our…