It is with great sadness that the family of Murdo Graham MacKenzie announces his passing on August 16, 2014 at the age of 92. He died peacefully at St. Joseph's Hospital in Comox from a stroke following a battle with a respiratory illness he had since youth. He lived his long life to the fullest including living independently until the day of his death.
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Murdo is survived by his daughter Marguerite Harrott, son Stuart MacKenzie (Heather), grandsons Chris and Scott Harrott and nephews David and Saradananda (Norman) MacKenzie.
He was born in Vancouver on July 18, 1922, of Highland Scottish parents and was proud of his Scottish heritage. He attended Lord Kitchener Elementary and Point Grey Junior High (then Lord Byng High School). He then obtained his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of B.C. in 1944. While at UBC he served on the Student's Council campaigning on a policy of pragmatic idealism, a philosophy that he followed in life.
After graduation Murdo worked in Victoria, Ocean Falls, Vancouver and Toronto. Much of his career was spent as a Human Resource Manager with Shell Canada. He aimed to help the company succeed financially through the development and administration of effective HR policies and practices.
On retirement from Shell he developed a successful management consulting practice in Vancouver in Executive Recruitment and career counselling.
Murdo enjoyed sports, particularly rugby, tennis and skiing. He also liked working with young people, particularly with guiding them in their careers and life.
He remained well known to his high school and university classmates as he maintained class lists and helped organize reunions. Murdo administered a scholarship program on behalf of the alumni of Phi Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He was also active in professional and community organizations and was Past President of the Kiwanis Club of Capilano.
Murdo moved from West Vancouver to Comox in 2011 where his strong conversational skills and dry sense of humour led to many friends and connections in the community. He was a member of Probus (Comox Strathcona) and the Shallowmen. He enjoyed a happy time at his recent 92nd birthday party and appreciated the camaraderie of friends and family, particularly the David and Gillian MacKenzie family visiting from England.
Cremation was his choice with his ashes to be spread in the sea. A celebration of life will be held in the coming months with details available from the family or by emailing Stuart at email@example.com. Memorial donations may be made to the Union Gospel Mission, www.ugm.ca
Published in Comox Valley Echo from Aug. 22 to Sept. 20, 2014