Obituary of Fritz Gerald McIntyre
Sunrise September 2, 1958 in Birmingham, England
Sunset August 23, 2021 in Fort Pierce, Florida
Fritz Gerald McIntyre was born at home in Birmingham, England on September 2, 1958. He was the second child of Jeremiah and Nysia McIntyre, who had emigrated to England from Jamaica, where his father had been a pastor. At the age of two months, he was blessed and dedicated to the Lord.
His father, the founder of the New Testament Church of God (NTCG) in Balsall Heath, Birmingham, England, started a new church. And so, a few years later, he moved the family to Manchester, England where Fritz‘s schooling began. He later went to school in London at Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School and finished High School in Montreal, Quebec.
He developed a keen ear for music by listening to and learning the harmonies in church. He could just listen to a song and play it.
His father was always moving to new congregations and even countries. At the age of 12, Fritz moved to the Clapton NTCG in East London, England. At school, he was learning to play the trumpet and double bass as well as singing with others in musicals in renowned London theatres. In church, he played guitar in the band as well as accompanying the youth choir on the piano Sunday mornings and evenings.
His first songs were written and recorded in 1974 for the National Youth recording of NTCG. He was the first pianist and arranger of songs for the Highgate Gospel Choir based in Birmingham. In 1984, he joined Simply Red and was with them for 12 years. After he rededicated his life to the Lord, he became a Worship Leader.
He is survived by his children: Kibwe and Zahra McIntyre.
His former wife and the mother of his children: Carol-Ann McIntyre.
His sister: Pamela McIntyre.
His adopted sisters: M. Joan Bent and Bobynel Ruddock
His Aunt: Gurda Kerr
His cousins: John Kerr (who has given us his unwavering support and practical help in so many ways at this difficult time), and his wife Burgette.
Colin and Clive Sailsman
And all his loving cousins who are too many to name in England, Canada, America, and Jamaica.
Cremation has taken place. Visitation for Fritz will be held on Saturday, October 9, 2021, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Northview Funeral Chapel, 1490 Highbury Avenue N., London. Registration will be required to attend the visitation. A private funeral service will be held and live-streamed. Please note: as per the directive of the Bereavement Authority of Ontario, attendance numbers will be restricted. Please be aware that COVID-19 protocols are in place which may preclude some from being able to attend and masks are mandatory.
Donations in memory of Fritz may be made to the ChildLife Network International Inc.
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