THE ashes of Doug Macintire, a winner of the Shell Murray Marathon 54 years ago, were scattered on the Murray River this weekend.
In the 17'6" clinker Commodore, skiing crew Macintire, Col Healey and Roy Reid and driver Bob Partington were successful in ski section of the 1964 Marathon before it became the Southern 80, as it is known today.
Macintire, who loved his boats and the Murray River, competed in the race many times, and being one of the first to ski barefoot, also showcased his skills at the Moomba Festival each year, where he also competed in slalom events.
He was a diver with the Murray rescue squad and fished his beloved river all his life.
His competitive nature also gave him a very successful track and road cycling career across Victoria and Australia which took him to the Empire Games in Perth in the 1950s.
After leaving Echuca in the early ’70s, Macintire worked in Hamilton and Portland as a motor mechanic before settling in Geelong.
There he worked at the Ford Proving Ground at the nearby You Yangs as a test driver for many years, which his family said helped satisfy his need for speed, before retiring and travelling the country as the ultimate grey nomad.
Macintire is fondly remembered by his Echuca/Geelong families, former wife Jan, their children Jodie, Belinda and Darron and their families, and his little furry travelling companion Nettie.
Read the full story in Monday’s massive S80 report in the Riverine Herald.