Don­nie MacKen­zie

1942.11.23 – 2015.01.17

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - OBIT­U­AR­IES -

On Novem­ber 23, 1942 James Don­ald ‘Don­nie’ MacKen­zie was born to Mar­ion MacKen­zie (nee Ni­chol­son) and the late Nor­man MacKen­zie in Cardi­gan, PEI. Don­nie was raised with his brothers Garth MacKen­zie (Cardi­gan) and the late Willard MacKen­zie, his sis­ters Ruth MacDon­ald (Hamil­ton), Norma MacNeil (Hamil­ton) and Elaine MacNeil (Burnt Point) in the fam­ily home in the Vil­lage. Don­nie was ac­tive in his stud­ies grad­u­at­ing from Mon­tague Re­gional High School and vo­ca­tional school then even­tu­ally start­ing his ca­reer as a Welder with Ge­orge­town Ship­yard. In 1969, Don­nie mar­ried Claire Fogarty, their daugh­ter Kim was born in 1970 and son Darcy in 1974,build­ing their home over­look­ing the Vil­lage. Af­ter the sud­den pass­ing of his father in 1975, Don­nie and Claire took over the fam­ily busi­ness, Cardi­gan Garage Ltd. Through­out the years, Don­nie was a re­spected mem­ber of the com­mu­nity, as a vol­un­teer and mem­ber of the Cardi­gan Li­ons Club, Cardi­gan Fire Depart­ment, Cardi­gan Vil­lage Coun­cil and St. An­drews Pres­by­te­rian Church. Vol­un­teer­ing and as­sist­ing when needed, he was loyal to his com­mu­nity. Don­nie and Claire raised their fam­ily, built the busi­ness to what it is to­day. Many long days and late nights, ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment lead to a suc­cess­ful busi­ness. He en­joyed spend­ing time with fam­ily and friends, chat­ting about sports, pol­i­tics and cur­rent events. When there was down time, Don­nie spent Sun­day af­ter­noons en­joy­ing the view from their deck over­look­ing the vil­lage. Don­nie en­joyed vis­its from fam­ily and friends and he made time for all who came around. There were many chats around the kitchen ta­ble. You would see him at the rink and ball field, leav­ing the garage to catch the games. He was al­ways there to help any­one out when a call came in or there was a knock at the door. He made sure ev­ery­one was looked af­ter, day or night. He was a be­liever in a strong work ethic and in­tegrity which he in­stilled in his chil­dren. Ex­pec­ta­tions were high and his guid­ance and sup­port were never end­ing, al­ways lis­ten­ing and al­low­ing for each to gain their in­de­pen­dence through life ex­pe­ri­ences. At a time in his life where slow­ing down should have been the fo­cus, he was given a di­ag­no­sis of Mul­ti­ple Myeloma, a fight, he did not de­serve, but one he took on with de­ter­mi­na­tion and courage. Don­nie al­ways main­tained a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude, not he­si­tat­ing when some­one asked how he was do­ing or to ex­plain his treat­ments. Of­ten he was asked to speak to oth­ers who re­ceived the same di­ag­no­sis about his ex­pe­ri­ences with treat­ment. Dur­ing this time, his fam­ily, friends and com­mu­nity ral­lied around him, strength­en­ing his de­ter­mi­na­tion to reach his goals, watch­ing fam­ily go through life ex­pe­ri­ences, but most of all spend­ing time with his grand­chil­dren. His legacy is one of fam­ily and friends, help­ing oth­ers and work­ing hard to en­joy life’s sim­ple plea­sures.

Card of Thanks

On Jan­uary 17, 2015, Don­nie MacKen­zie of Cardi­gan, PEI passed peace­fully with fam­ily at his side, af­ter a hard fought bat­tle against Mul­ti­ple Myeloma since 2003. He was laid to rest on Jan­uary 20, 2015 at St. An­drews Pres­by­te­rian Church, Cardi­gan, PEI. Thank you to those who trav­elled from near and far to at­tend the wake and funeral ser­vices and to the staff of Cardi­gan Garage for look­ing af­ter ev­ery­thing dur­ing our ab­sences. Our sin­cere thanks to the pall bears and flower bear­ers, as well to the Camp­bell sis­ters for pre­par­ing meals. Thank you to all our friends and fam­ily who came to the hospi­tal and house to com­fort our fam­ily dur­ing this dif­fi­cult time and to those who brought food, your kind­ness will not be for­got­ten. Spe­cial thanks to Dar­ren MacEach­ern, John B Web­ster, Eddy Quinn and St. An­drews Choir for beau­ti­ful mu­sic, as well to Rev. Stephen Thomp­son and Father Tim Brod­er­ick for their prayers and kind words. Our fam­ily is grate­ful to so many won­der­ful med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als who were in­volved in Don­nie’s treat­ment over the years. To those who came to the house to as­sist with treat­ment regimes, your kind­ness and care will not be for­got­ten. Dr. Terry Ma­gen­nis who was with Don­nie at the be­gin­ning and at the end of his jour­ney, our fam­ily is for­ever grate­ful for go­ing above and be­yond through­out the years. Dr. Phil Cham­pion and the team at the PEI Can­cer Cen­tre, thank you for all you have done over the years. Dr. Dar­rell White and his team at the QEII VG site in Hal­i­fax are sec­ond to none, thank you for your guid­ance and com­pas­sion­ate, words can­not ex­press our grat­i­tude. Don­nie re­ceived ex­cel­lent care and vi­able treat­ment op­tions to con­tinue his fight and that of oth­ers suf­fer­ing from this dis­ease. His will­ing­ness to un­dergo ex­per­i­men­tal treat­ment spoke to his courage and de­ter­mi­na­tion to fight and be part of an even­tual cure. Most im­por­tantly it al­lowed him time to be part of his fam­ily’s suc­cesses, strug­gles and most of all to meet and spend time with his fam­ily and grand­chil­dren - Nate, JD, Brook­lyn (Ge­or­gia) and Will. To fam­ily and friends near and far, your calls, cards and vis­its have meant so much to all of us, there is a huge void in our lives, but the mem­o­ries and guid­ance re­main with us, know­ing a guardian an­gel watches over us all.

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