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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Service Details

  • 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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Private Condolence

Janice Dowd

Posted at 08:40am
It was a privilege to have worked with Dr. MCKenzie and I valued his friendship. Our heartfelt sympathy for your loss.

The Philip Family

Posted at 07:14pm
Connie Lou, John, Margie, Eric, Scott and Families

We would like to extend our condolences to you upon the passing of Uncle Sandy. It is a blessing that we have the memories of times gone by. We will always remember when you travelled to Saskatchewan for our “Family Reunions”. These visits provided memories of Uncle Sandy that continue to be cherished.
Please accept our deepest sympathies.

Ken (Bev), Gordon (Mary), Ralph (Brenda) and Bern (Kathleen) Philip

Lee Logan Dunning

Posted at 03:46pm
Dear Connie Lou, John, Margie, Eric and Scott: Please accept our deepest condolences in the passing of your dear dad and our dear friend. As I recall, it simply wouldn't have been Christmas Eve, without having ALL the McKenzie's over for dinner. The laughter and friendship that went on, as everyone crowded around the dinning room table, was talked about by the Logan's for weeks after. Sandy was a real gentleman, who's sense of humour and zest for life will continue to inspire us, no matter where he is. He will be sadly missed by us Logan's, but always remembered within our hearts.
Much love and respect, Phyllis Logan and daughter-in-law Lee.


Posted at 11:18am
Mr. Mckenzie (Sandy) arrived in his station wagon, with his tools to attend an unexpected fix-up. His daughter Margie, had
related her version of needs to her dad. Mr. Mckenzie was a very determined dad , only to find out how small the repairs
were required. This was my only meeting with Margie's dad, I knew I had met a special person, very determined in all aspects of his life. My condolences go out to all. John Dickson

Mary and Harry Preston

Posted at 01:17pm
Eric, Peggy and family, We met Sandy and Peggy shortly after we moved to Brockville in 1980, not knowing a soul. Their warmth and friendliness over the years meant a lot. One of our fondest memories of Sandy in later years was pulling into the Henry Street boat launch one spring and watching, jaws dropping, as Sandy pulled up in his car, hopped out, deftly pulled his kakak off the roof and within minutes was paddling out into the River. He was a lovely man, who passed his kindness and sense of caring onto his children and grandchildren. What better legacy could a person leave. Talk about a life well lived! Our condolences go out to you all. Harry and Mary Preston

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