OBITUARY

Graham R. MacKenzie

July 4, 1928March 20, 2013
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Graham R. MacKenzie, 84, of Marblehead, a retired Swampscott Fire Captain, passed away at his home on March 20, 2013. He was the beloved husband of Gertrude “Trudy” (Hall) MacKenzie with whom he shared 61 years of marriage.

Born and raised in Swampscott, Graham was the son of the late Robert and Bernetta May (Moore) MacKenzie. In 1946, he graduated from Swampscott High School and enlisted in the United States Army, where he served at the end of WWII. In 1952, Graham began his career as a Swampscott firefighter. After 35 years in the Fire Department, he retired at the rank of Captain and began working at the Peabody Museum of Salem. In his spare time, he was a member of the Philanthropic Lodge in Swampscott, the Aleppo Temple Shrine, and a member of the Oriental Band for many years. Known for his gregarious spirit, Graham loved starting conversations with people wherever he went. He also enjoyed summers in Maine, watching his grandchildren’s sports games and performances, reading and sharing stories from the newspaper, and being a member of the men’s walking group at Liberty Tree Mall. Graham loved his family fiercely and lived by the motto: “peace, love, and togetherness.”

Along with his wife, he is survived by three daughters: Lynne T. MacKenzie of Barrington, NH, Dawn L. MacKenzie of Marblehead, and Paige A. Dolan and her husband Mark of Strafford, NH; four grandchildren: Amanda, Ryan and his fiancée Jenna, Nicholas, and Brady Dolan; and one great-grandson, Cameron Dolan.

A funeral service will be held at the First Church in Swampscott, Congregational, 40 Monument Avenue on Monday, March 25 at 11AM. Interment to follow in Waterside Cemetery, Marblehead. Relatives and friends respectfully invited. Visiting hours will be held at the Eustis and Cornell Funeral Home, 142 Elm Street, Marblehead on Sunday from 3-7PM. A Masonic Service will begin at 4PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Graham’s memory to the Ocular Immunology and Uveitis Foundation, 348 Glen Road, Weston, MA 02493 or to the charity of your choice.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Sunday, March 24, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, March 25, 2013

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • A Masonic Service will begin at 4PM., Interment with honors to follow in Waterside Cemetery, Marblehead.
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Graham R. MacKenzie

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kelvin fulton

March 25, 2013

Hi Dawn
Sorry to hear about you dad I know how you feel I just lost my dad too on 3/21
take care

Ellen Collard

March 24, 2013

Trudy, Lynne, Dawn, and Paige,and family,
I am saddened to hear of your loss. I remember with fondness the time I spent with your family and your Dad. In those memories Gray always has a smile on his face and I can hear his laughter. Our world has had a loss, and heaven has a new angel.

With prayers for you in this time of sorrow,
Ellen J. (Crowell) Collard

Dave Lynch

March 24, 2013

Mac was a great guy to work with. He combined a sense of humor with unabashed sincerety. My deepest sympathy to Trudy and family. May he rest in peace.

Donald Fullerton

March 24, 2013

With fond memories of you both at 50-50 many years ago



Don and priscilla Fullerton

Ellen Garland

March 23, 2013

Trudy, Thank you for sharing the photos. We have very fond memories of your family and all the babysitting Dawn did for us. Graham was a fun loving person. He will be missed. Love Ellen & George Garland

Jim Snow

March 23, 2013

On behalf of the Officers and members of Swampscott Fire Fighters Union, IAFF Local 1459, I extend our deepest sympathies to Trudy and the family on "Mac's" passing. "Mac" was one of the Charter members of the Union. Thank you for your service. You will be missed. RIP Brother.

Jim Snow

March 23, 2013

Had the honor and privilege of working with "Mac" for a couple of years at the fire department before he retired. Mac was a very funny guy, and was well liked. May he rest in peace.

Jack Arseneault

March 22, 2013

Trudy and family: Our sincere condolences to you and family. Graham had a good life and a wonderful family. I first knew him when he would bring his family along with his Mum & Dad to Springhill for a visit. My Mum always kept in touch with her cousin Graham and would pass on the info to her family. It was so great to see him and the family at the MacKenzie family reunions. At each reunion, he became more and more comfortable with his extended family. I shall never forget how happy and excited he was at our last reunion, singing and dancing. He was great!! We shall remember...and thank you Graham for all your years of service as a fireman and the many lives you saved! RIP GRAHAM! You made a difference to so many! and Family. Colonel Jack and Dianne Arseneault

chicki Sager curtis

March 22, 2013

Trudy and family -I am saddened to learn of your loss; remember you and mac when I was a kid ---- Chicki Sager Curtis

Frank Maitland

March 22, 2013

To "Mac's" family, my deepest sympathy. It was great working at S.F.D. with Mac at Engine 2. He was a great friend of my Dad's and myself. May he rest in peace.