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Joseph Wilkes Mackenzie

Joseph Wilkes Mackenzie III age 88, a long-time resident of Glenside, died peacefully on December 28, 2012 at his home in Spring House Estates, Lower Gwynedd, PA. He was the beloved husband of Doris (Conklin) Mackenzie; the devoted father of Sandra Lloyd and Holly Carlson and her husband Michael; and the doting grandfather of Mac, Ben (and Te-Ping Chen), and Hannah Carlson, and Kate and Duncan Lloyd. Joe was born in Trenton, New Jersey in 1924, the eldest son of Joseph W. Mackenzie and Dorothea Scattergood. He graduated from Jenkintown High School then went to Tufts University where he entered the V-12 program of the United States Navy during World War II. During his three years of service he served aboard the USS Little Rock and rose to the rank of Lieutenant JG. He received his MBA from the Harvard Business School in 1947. His work life revolved around his passion and talent for business, most recently in the medical supplies company which he ran for many years. Joe's heart and soul, however, lay in his unstinting love for his family. He and his wife Doris celebrated their 61st anniversary in April 2012. Theirs was a marriage which speaks to the power of love and the spirited connection of opposites who complement and complete one another. They enjoyed a rich life together, and he spent his last days with her by his side. Joe's work ethic, intellectual brilliance, and steadfast love set an example for his children and grandchildren, who all have dared to pursue their dreams with the same passion with which he pursued his. His wife, children, grandchildren, and adored dog Jamie were with him in his last hours to thank him for all that he gave them. Funeral services were held January 2, 2013 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fort Washington. Joe's son-in-law, the Rev. Michael Carlson, presided, and his grandson Mac played the organ, including works by Beethoven, Joe's favorite composer. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be sent in Joe's honor to the SPCA, 350 E. Erie Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19134; or, or the Salvation Army, 701 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19123.

Published in Montgomery Newspapers on Jan. 5, 2013
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