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Woodlawn Funeral Home

2310 Clearbrook Road, Abbotsford, BC

OBITUARY

Dennis McKenzie

November 23, 1949May 9, 2020

Dennis McKenzie, born in Vancouver on November 23, 1949, passed into the presence of his Lord on May 9, 2020 in Abbotsford, aged 70.

He completed his B.Sc. at SFU, he married Marj and they moved to Saskatoon to complete his DVM. Following graduation they moved to Osoyoos, and started South Valley Veterinary Hospital. After 15 fulfilling years, they moved, with their three children to Abbotsford and started Clayburn Pet Hospital.

Dennis was involved in serving his community through coaching basketball and hockey, prison ministry and church ministries.

He leaves behind Marj, his wife of 47 years, 3 children, Richard (Christie), Scott (Danica) and Kelly (Nathan) Bulat. He had twelve precious grandchildren. One sister Mary (Jack) Fordham, one Brother Morris. Many loving nieces and nephews, and dear relatives in Ireland.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Elizabeth’s Wildlife Center in Abbotsford.

Virtual memorial to be held Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 1pm.

Services

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Bruce Kay

May 21, 2020

Dear Marj and Family
We are very sorry to hear of you loss. Our heartfelt condolences and thoughts are with you.
As a member of the WCVM Class of 1975 I have some vivid memories of Dennis.
At the beginning of first year of vet school he arrived a few days late. Being the first person on the waiting list he was awarded a forfeited seat and joined the first year class. He hit the floor running! He had missed several days of classes and was bound and determined to catch up right away. We didn’t get to know him real quick at first because he was resolutely flying around the halls of the College in his intense and efficient manner diligently synchronizing himself with the rest of the class. He quickly became a well respected member of our vet school family.
During our fourth year of vet school Dennis and I along with eight other students had the good fortune of being selected by the College to spend two weeks at the Douglas Lake Cattle Company near Merritt BC. We were invited there to assist in calving out 1200 heifers and collecting information and samples for calf scours research. We obtained much needed practical experience in bovine obstetrics and had a wonderful time living in the bunk house and learning, first hand, the cowboy way. During our time at the ranch Dennis and I were permitted to travel to look at a couple of graduate veterinarian job opportunities in practices further north. The trip included quite a snow storm. Dennis stopped off at Williams Lake Veterinary Hospital and I went on to visit the Prince George Veterinary Hospital. We both ended up taking our first positions as veterinarians at these hospitals.
Following graduation I recall stopping in to visit in Williams Lake a time or two and transporting some of your belongings to Osoyoos on one of my visits to Penticton.
I also enjoyed your hospitality in the “single wide mobile home!”

We wish you comfort in your memories of a life well lived.

Sincerely,
Bruce and Louise Kay

Alf & Jackie Vickson

May 19, 2020

So sorry to hear of passing of Dennis. We appreciated so much the visit times we had with Dennis & Marjorie at their home as well as at Northview Church over the last few years. We were glad to visit Dennis in Worrthington before his passing and even though we don't believe he recognized us he still loved to talk about his past veterinary experiences at Osoyoos over the years. Dennis' kind heart and great sense of humor made it so much fun to visit with him. We know he is now safe in the arms of Jesus . We know we will meet again one day in Glory. What a day that will be when my Jesus I shall see... when I look upon his face.. the one who saved me by His grace. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. Psalm 116.15

Jennifer Hadway

May 18, 2020

Marj and I want to say kids but I know none of you are kids anymore so, Marj and family, I am so sorry to hear about Dennis. My heart, thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. He was one of my favorite bosses and I will remember him always. Take care and give each other a hug if you can. Love jenn

Lynn Burks

May 17, 2020

Marj, Richard, Kelly, Scott...

I was so sorry to hear of Dennis' passing. He was my first boss in veterinary medicine, and I do have some fond memories of him. He was always finding the funny and whimsical side of things. There were always lots of laughs at Clayburn Pet Hospital. He and Marj took us to Northview Christmas celebrations, had us in their home for staff Christmas dinners, and even took us to Seattle for a Blue Jays vs Mariners game. He was a very kind and caring person to work for. When I left for tech school, he wrote the nicest letter of recommendation. I've never forgotten the encouraging and kind words he wrote in that letter. I know you are all heartbroken. Reg (Roger) and I will be thinking of you in the days, weeks, months ahead. Take good care.

Lynn Burks

Sherrie Cronan

May 16, 2020

So sorry to hear of your loss.

Sarah Pearce

May 16, 2020

Marj,

My thoughts are with you and your family during this time of sadness. I have many fond memories of Dennis at Clayburn Pet Hospital. As he was a major influence in my life I have always treasured those times and send my heartfelt condolences.

Sincerely,
Sarah Pearce

Wayne Clayton

May 16, 2020

Dennis was a classmate of mine from WCVM class of 1975. Yesterday was the 45th anniversary of our convocation from Saskatoon . We held a virtual reunion yesterday with 39 classmates joining in. There were many that commented on their memories of Dennis. He was a neat, hard working, intense, well respected individual.
He will be sadly missed.

Lois & Bruce Beck

May 16, 2020

We just wanted to say that we are thinking of Marj and the family. Both Marj and Dennis were such a blessing to us and our family...from being a part of their care group, to caring for our dog Tucker to their acts of friendship and laughter. We still remember fondly how they came and helped us set our new home when we moved. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Marj, your kids and grandkids at this hard time. Love, Lois & Bruce Beck

Maryanne Sandberg (nee Nummi)

May 16, 2020

Marj and Family
So sorry to hear of Dennis' passing- may he rest in peace.
He will not be forgotten especially by any of the Class of '75
from WCVM.
Maryanne Sandberg (nee Nummi)

Debbie Little(Quiring)

May 15, 2020

We we so sorry to hear of Dennis' passing. Our family met Dennis in Cawston in the mid 70's when he became our vet for our dog, cat and horses. You treated our animals like they were your own. Later when you moved to Abbotsford we reconnected and you looked after our two dogs. Your kindness and love for animals was unmatched. we will miss you dearly but we're glad to have known you.
Our deepest condolences to the family.
Debbie (Quiring) and Rod Little
Prince and Roxy

FROM THE FAMILY

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