Obituary of Bruce MacKenzie
Bruce MacKenzie or "Papa"
Passed away in his home, with family by his side and the Rolling Stones playing softly in the background on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at the age of 63. Loving spouse to June for 24 years, and cherished father to Alex (Jessica), Brittany (Bryan), Deanna (Shawn), and Kristen (Steve). Adored Papa to Ashton, Mason, Layla, Camryn, Callum, and Aiden. Admired brother to Ann (the late Jim) Wallace, Ada (the late Frank) Sawyer, David (Joan) MacKenzie, the late Rick (Merle) MacKenzie, and Wayne MacKenzie. Loving son of his late parents Doris and Alexander MacKenzie. Bruce will be greatly missed by all his nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, extended family, and friends that he impacted during his life.
The one thing that meant the most to Bruce was his family, and this shows through all the memories and stories that they all have. He loved to fish, specifically ice fishing which he would share many trips with his wife or son to join him in. Going to many concerts and live hockey games were another source of happiness for him, taking him all the way from seeing the Rolling Stones to Montreal Canadiens games! He and June made a few trips to Newfoundland to visit family and explore the province. Together, they enjoyed smaller road trips as well to pass time and have fond memories from their trips to New Hampshire to visit Ann and Jim. Most of all, Bruce loved his grandchildren. He would spoil them (which is what Papas are good for!) with jujubes, candy, and everything they wanted. While in his younger years, Bruce coached his own kids in hockey and lacrosse and loved being a fan at his daughter’s soccer games and dance recitals. He never missed a grandkids sports game to cheer them on and be their biggest fan. He was especially proud of his grandson, who will be passing down the “MacKenzie” name to his own children one day.
Bruce was quick to help anyone and consistently put his heart and soul in his career. He worked in the Environmental Services department through the Niagara Health System at St. Catharines General Hospital and started there when he was 19. He worked for decades, retiring at the age of 55 and still putting in occasional shifts there after that. Despite his job title, he went above and beyond. If there was ever a child in the waiting room that was crying, he would go over with a colouring book or just a smile to help cheer them up. If someone needed help, he would be sure to do whatever he could to make them feel better. He made some lifelong friends and loved his work family. Most people would recognize him coming from down the hall by his happy whistling and proud smile.
Essentials Cremation and Burial Services (905-354-2133) has been entrusted with arrangements. As per Bruce’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A private graveside service will take place with family and friends at a later date. During this, he will be laid to rest with his parents at Fairview Cemetery in Niagara Falls. Donations to the Children’s Hospital – London Health Sciences Centre would be greatly appreciated. Online condolences may be shared to Bruce’s tribute page at EssentialsNiagara.com.
There are no upcoming public services scheduled or the service has occurred in the past.
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