MacKenzie, Jr, Roderick
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Roderick J. MacKenzie, Jr., formerly of Fairfield and Newtown, passed away on October 23 in Menlo Park, CA. Rod was born October 12, 1946 in Bridgeport, CT to Roderick and Margaret (Peggy) Lee MacKenzie. In 1968, Rod graduated from Roanoke College, and followed that with a degree from the University of Miami Law School in 1971. He practiced law in Newtown during the 70's and 80's. Rod was an active member in the parishes of St. Rose of Newtown, CT and St. Anthony of Danbury, CT and in the Newtown Chapter of the International Rotary Club. While living in Connecticut, he participated in Republican politics at the local, state, and national levels. Rod was elected First Selectman of Newtown, CT, where he served from 1987-1989. In the early 90's Rod became Town Manager for Salisbury, MA. In 1992, Rod's battle with testicular cancer culminated in remission and he became a cancer survivor. He then volunteered with CT and MA hospice until he re-located to San Jose, CA where he received a degree from Sofia University (formerly the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology) in 2001. Rod was employed as a mental health counselor until 2008. Rod enjoyed running, politics, debating, meditation, singing, reading, listening to music, watching movies, photography and hiking. Rod is survived by his daughters Meghan Walstatter and her husband, Matt of Portland, OR and Kate MacKenzie of New York, NY, and his grandson, Jackson MacKenzie Walstatter. In addition, Rod is survived by his brothers, Malcolm, and his wife June, David, and his wife Mary, all of Fairfield; his sister, Missy Cumings and her husband, Michael of Shelton; and his brother-in-law Robert Murray of Newtown, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sister Isabelle MacKenzie Murray. Friends may greet the family Monday, November 5, 2012 from 6-8 p.m. in the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield. Services and interment will be private and at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Rod's memory may be made to The Newtown Scholarship Association, PO Box 302, Newtown, CT 06470.
Spear-Miller Funeral Home
39 South Benson Road Fairfield, CT 06824
Published in News Times from Oct. 28 to Nov. 4, 2012