Wendell C. "Jock" MacKenzie
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PALM COAST, Fla. - Jock MacKenzie, 88, of Palm Coast, Florida passed away Monday, April 7 of pneumonia. He was born in Prince Edward Island, Canada on May 11, 1925, to Evelyn and Charles MacKenzie. Jock proudly served in the U.S. Army Infantry and fought in the Pacific Theater in World War II where he was decorated with the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for Valor.
He was married to the late Genevieve MacKenzie in 1947 in Berlin. They lived in Berlin for several years and then moved to Dover, and resided there for many years before moving to Palm Coast, Fla. in 1997. Jock was a sports radio broadcaster. He started his broadcasting career with the Berlin Maroons hockey team. He worked for radio station WMOU. He advanced to WTSN in Dover, where he formed the University Sports Network. He served as the voice of UNH hockey and football for over 35 years. He later donated the network to the University. He was a member of both the UNH Sports Hall of Fame and Dover Sports Hall of Fame. He received the prestigious Profile of Service Award from UNH. He also worked with members of the Boston Celtics and the Boston Red Sox.
Jock received the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Distinguished Service Award in 1959 and 1962. His career included management for radio stations WMOU in Berlin, WTSN in Dover, and retired in 1992 after becoming part owner of WTSN. His famous tagline at WTSN was "Next to religion sports contributes more to the American way of life". He was named Dover Citizen of the Year by the Dover Chamber of Commerce for his efforts to construct the original Dover ice arena and received two keys to the city. He was inducted in the New Hampshire Legends of Hockey in 2003.
In Palm Coast, he wrote golf columns for the Palm Coast Observer and the Flagler Palm Coast News Tribune where he shared his passion for golf. He also worked closely with Grand Reserve and The Grand Club and Cypress Knoll Golf Course doing promotion for the golf courses. He also wrote his own online blog.
He is survived by four children Sally Horneck, (Craig) of Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; Wendy Allen of Bristol, RI; Scott MacKenzie (Judy Mazzella) of Palm Coast, Fla.; and Mary Beth MacKenzie (Kathy Gerrity) of West Hills, Calif.; four grandchildren Holly Fitzgerald, Todd Horneck, Thomas Allen, Caitlin Allen and two great grandchildren Hunter Fitzgerald and Kailyn Horneck; His two sisters Margaret Berry, Durham, and Trudy (Clyde) MacDonald, N. Hampden, Maine. His only brother Carl MacKenzie predeceased him. He will be missed by his many friends and colleagues.
Services will be held on Tuesday, April 29 at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 156 Florida Park Drive, Palm Coast at 11 a.m. Services will be held at a later summer date in Dover, N.H. Burial will be at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to The Friends of Men's Ice Hockey, Donations can be mailed to The UNH Foundation Inc., Elliott Alumni Center, 9 Edgewood Road, Durham, N.H. 03824. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.lohmanfuneralhomes.com. Also, please see his online blog http://palmcoastflgolf.blogspot.com.
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Published in Fosters from Apr. 12 to Apr. 15, 2014