Sandy McKenzie

Sandy McKenzie

Monday, May 21st, 1923 - Thursday, February 13th, 2020
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After a full and active life, Sandy (John Alexander) McKenzie, age 96, passed away peacefully at home on February 13, 2020, with his family by his side.

Sandy was born and raised in Saskatchewan, served in the RCAF in WWII and graduated from the University of Toronto (in Guelph) as a Veterinarian in 1950. It was in Guelph that he met and married the love of his life, Peggy (McFarlane). They were happily married for 47 years.

As a veterinarian for the Department of Health of Animals, he enjoyed working on contagious diseases across Canada as well as in Great Britain and Barbados.

He led an active life, always seeking new challenges, taking up skiing at age 50, windsurfing at 60 and kayaking at 80. He was kayaking at the age of 94, downhill skiing at 95 and cycling the Brock Trail at 96.

Sandy will be sorely missed by his five children, Connie Lou (Mark), John (Michelle), Margie (Domenic), Eric (Peggy) and Scott (Keely) as well as his sister Jean Jardine, 17 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Family was important to him and he touched the lives of his extended family across Canada and the USA. Sandy was predeceased by his wife Peggy, his brothers Hugh and Bill and his sister Mary.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Au, Dr. Ashe, Palliative Care Brockville and his nurse Jennifer Johnson of Bayshore, for their support and care.

A celebration of life will be held at the Irvine Funeral Home, 4 James St E, Brockville Saturday, February 22 from 1:00 to 3:30 PM. Family tributes will be at 2:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Brockville and District Hospital Foundation Palliative Care, the City of Brockville - Brock Trail Fund or Canadian Aid for Chernobyl. Send a condolence on the memory wall above or place a donation using the links below or by contacting the funeral home at 613-342-2828 or

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  • Visitation

    Saturday, February 22nd, 2020 | 1:00pm - 3:30pm
    Saturday, February 22nd, 2020 1:00pm - 3:30pm
    Irvine Funeral Home and Chapel
    4 James Street East
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    A celebration of Sandy's life will be held with tributes beginning at 2:00 pm.
  • Interment

    Oakland Cemetery
    1524 County Road 2
    Brockville, Ontario K6V 5T3
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Peggy Brand

Posted at 01:51pm
My condolences to the entire McKenzie family. I worked for him for many years. He was a kind and caring man who loved his family and was so proud of each and every one of them. He took the time to teach my son how to ski and He was generous and giving, quick to help where needed. He had a wonderful sense of humour and a zest for life. On occasion in the early morning I would see him biking or in his car with his wind surf board on the roof headed down to the river.
He was a good story teller too. I am deeply saddened to hear Of his passing.

Peter Glazier

Posted at 10:31pm
To the Mckenzie family, I offer my sincere condolences. Sandy was a great influence in my life through his humor, honesty and overall outlook on life. I enjoyed my time spent with the family at Reynolds Dr. There were also the many ski trips to Big Tupper Sutton, Fond memories.
Peter Glazier

Linda McKend

Posted at 08:48pm
Sandy’s zest and enthusiasm for life was truly inspirational. He embraced each and every one of his interests with such vigour that most of us could only look on in awe. I remember one March break I was skiing with my family at Sutton. We had been there for a couple of days before Sandy arrived - and arrive he did. He had tackled the three hour drive from Brockville that morning while we were sleeping and his car was the first one in the parking lot and he was the first person on the hill! His spirit lives on in his children and his grandchildren and I offer my sincerest condolences to all of you. He will be missed.

JoAnne Fletcher

Posted at 06:52pm
My husband Butch told stories about running the pickup race (a crazy horseback race where a rider goes full tilt around the ring and his partner waits to leap aboard behind him when he flies by) with Sandy, said he was a fearless competitor. We always appreciated Sandy's willingness to come and check our horses through the border on our trips home from Pennsylvania. We only had to wait patiently for him once - he first had to watch his grandson compete on the "Reach For The Top" competition on TV. We didn't mind a bit!

Vincent Lavoie

Posted at 10:35am
I am very sorry to read about your father Scott . Please accept our sincere condolences from me and Diane and pass them to your family. Unfortunately we will not be able to visit on Saturday as we have a commitment in Montreal.
Vincent Lavoie

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