December 12, 1961 – July 26, 2019
It is with sad hearts that the family of Christopher “Chris” Donald MacKenzie announce his sudden passing as the result of a traffic accident on July 26, 2019. He is survived by his husband, Bill Litwin, mother Mary Lu MacKenzie, brother Richard (Cathy), nephews Jordan (Trish), Jasper, Benjamin and Carson MacKenzie, along with many family members in Ontario and the U.S. He was predeceased by father Elwood and brothers Peter and David.
Chris was born at 8:05 a.m. on December 12, 1961 in Marathon, Ontario. He was raised in Marathon and worked as River Driver and Lifeguard. He loved animals from an early age and carried that love throughout his life. He went to Sault College in Sault Ste. Marie to study nursing. He finished his education as an Emergency Medical Care Assistant at Cambrian College in Sudbury, ON and worked as an ambulance attendant throughout Ontario. A work place injury prompted him to retire to Kelowna, BC where he became active in a variety of community groups including: The Ponderosa Spinners, Weavers & Fibre Artists Guild; the Kelowna Dragon Boat Club; and the Shire of Danscombe – SCA, travelling throughout the Pacific Northwest to attend the various events for these organizations, where he made many new friends.
A Service will take place on Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 1:00 pm at the Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC and will be live-streamed on the Springfield website. Internment will take place at Lakeview Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the Chris MacKenzie Memorial Fund at the following charities:
For Canadian Family & Friends – Bridge Youth & Family Services, Etcetera Fund (https://www.thebridgeservices.ca/donate/)
For US Family & Friends – American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (https://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.personalCampaign&participantID=2000503)
Or a charity of your choice.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com.
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