T.W. Curry Parkview Chapel

755 George Street, Sydney, NS


Michael Vincent MacKenzie

February 10, 1936November 5, 2019
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It is with broken hearts that we the children of Michael MacKenzie (Michael John Joe) announce his passing at the Northside General Hospital after a period of failing health. Born in Glace Bay, he was the son of the late John Joe and Mary Elizabeth (MacNeil) MacKenzie. Besides his parents, he is predeceased by his wife, best friend and love of his life, Sadie MacNeil (May 2018). Mom and Dad are together again. There is no more pain, no more health issues and they are dancing the nights away under heaven’s stars as they did so many times in their younger days. Dad once said the best thing he ever did was have a family. He filled our home with laughter and love. He will forever be loved and missed by daughters Sarahlee (late Phillip) Perth-Andover, NB, Kimberley (Glenn) Queensville, Bonnie, Halifax and son Kenneth at home. Dad was a very proud Papa to Bryden and Kayden Swazey, Perth-Andover, NB and Olivia, Emmett and Sophia MacIver, Queensville. He is also survived by brother Fr. Archie Edmonton, sisters Carmel, St. Catherine’s Ont. And Kaye May, Boston, sister in law, Josie Bonaparte, and brothers in law Jimmy, Iona and John Hector, South Haven, numerous nieces and nephews and godchildren, Raymond MacNeil and Jen MacNeil. Dad was also predeceased by brothers Basil, Raymond and Verne, sisters Norma and Theresa, sister in law Kay and Sissy and brother in law George. Nieces Rosalie and Mary Clare and nephews, Barry and Norman. Dad had a very strong sense of faith and community and helping others. He was a founding member of the Christmas Island Fire Dept. Throughout his time he served as Captain, Fire Chief and Deputy Fire Chief. He was very proud of the training and time he put in and was always one of the first on any scene when the fire call came. Dad was best known to everyone as being the local mail driver for forty years. He proudly delivered letters, parcels and catalogues to almost every home in all kinds of weather. He would often tell Sadie the roads “just had a dusting of snow’ when in fact they were terrible to lessen her worry. We were very blessed to have the Mom and Dad that we did. They are together now watching over us. Mom is baking her biscuits and Dad is making his amazing roast dinner and gravy. Visitation for Michael MacKenzie will take place on Friday November 8, 2019 from 2-8pm as well as 10-12pm on Sat at St Columba Church Hall, Iona. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Sat Nov 9 at 1pm at St. Columba Church with Fr. Vargheese IMS officiating. Burial will be in St. Barra Cemetery, Christmas Island. To leave online condolences, please visit www.twcurry.com “No longer in our lives to share but in our hearts they are always there.”


  • John Joe MacKenzie, Father (deceased)
  • Mary Elizabeth (MacNeil) MacKenzie, Mother (deceased)
  • Sadie (MacNeil) MacKenzie, Spouse (deceased)
  • Sarahlee (late Phillip), Daughter
  • Kimberly (Glenn), Daughter
  • Bonnie ., Daughter
  • Kenneth ., Son
  • Bryden ., Grandchild
  • Kayden ., Grandchild
  • Olivia ., Grandchild
  • Emmett ., Grandchild
  • Sophia ., Grandchild
  • Fr. Archie ., Brother
  • Carmel ., Sister
  • Kay May, Sister
  • Josie Bonaparte, Sister-in-law
  • Jimmy ., Brother-in-law
  • John Hector ., Brother-in-law
  • Basil ., Brother (deceased)
  • Raymond ., Brother (deceased)
  • Verne ., Brother (deceased)
  • Norma ,, Sister (deceased)
  • Theresa ., Sister (deceased)
  • Kay ., Sister-in-law (deceased)
  • Sissy ., Sister-in-law (deceased)
  • George ., Brother-in-law (deceased)
  • He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and Godchildren Raymond MacNeil and Jen MacNeil

    Predeceased by nieces Rosalie and Mary Clare and nephews Barry and Norman.


  • Visitation Friday, November 8, 2019
  • Visitation Saturday, November 9, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, November 9, 2019
  • Burial to follow Service Saturday, November 9, 2019
  • Reception to follow Burial Saturday, November 9, 2019


Michael Vincent MacKenzie

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Bonnie Mackenzie

November 16, 2019

Dad, thank you for everything that you have done for us! You are a strong stubborn man. Thanks for the drives everywhere, walks in the woods, fishing of the beach in Cooper’s pond. I am forever grateful for you and Mom. I am who I am because of you and Mom. I hope I continue to make you proud. I love you so much. Home isn’t the same without. Enjoy tea with Mom, dancing with Mom and drinks with your brothers and friends. I got it from here!
Love you forever

Linda MacNeil

November 7, 2019

Michael was a kind and generous man. I travelled to and from work with him for many years. My deepest sympathies to all his family. He will be missed but now he and Sadie are reunited.


November 7, 2019

Sarah, Bryden (Billy) and Cayden may you know we are thinking of you. Deepest Sympathy to you and your whole family on the loss of your Dad and Grampy. God Bless you. Love Debbie and Raymond.

Susan March

November 7, 2019

Kim and family,
Thinking of you and sending hugs.

Ann (Mac Dougall )Munro

November 7, 2019

To all of Michael's children: Your dad was a fixture in the community. His steadfast dedication to his job ensured that all received their mail ,no matter the weather. He was also a reliable means of getting to Sydney early in the morning .Everyone knew he could be depended upon . May all of the wonderful memories give you comfort at this time.

Irene Antle

November 7, 2019

Our deepest sympathy on the passing of your Dad.
Irene (MacNeil) and Harold Antle

sandra kelly

November 7, 2019

Sarahlee,Kimberley,Bonnie and Kenneth...So very sorry to hear of your dad's passing.It's been many years since I saw him but fond memories never really leave.Your dad was always so proud of all of you and no wonder, you were a great family.
The most contact I had with your dad was the quick wave as we passed each other on the road ways many moons ago.Him,heading into town in the wee hours of the morning to collect his mail; me enroute to school where I taught all of his wonderful children.
In winter conditions and when the roads were terrible, especially the mountain he would" flick his lights" as a cautionary advisory to be extra careful.
He was a good guy...and his legacy will live on.Hoping to get to one of the visitations....My fond thoughts are with you all at this difficult time.
Sandra Kelly

Peggy Jordan

November 6, 2019

So sorry for your loss. Michael was a wonderful, kind man. RIP Michael.
Peggy Ann (MacDonald) & Kevin Jordan.