Captain Allen McKENZIE

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  • "My Dad was a shiphandler. Whether putting personnel on a..."
    - Gordon McKenzie
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    - Jim Perkins
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McKENZIE, Captain Allen 100, who never used his full name of Raphael Townsend Allen McKenzie and who always said, "How could they put all those names on a helpless little kid?" crossed his final bar on May 8, 2014, also the date of his 73rd wedding anniversary. A native New Yorker, he graduated from the New York State Merchant Marine Academy in 1934, worked for the Grace Line Steamship Company and later enlisted in the Coast Guard as a boatswains mate. During WWII, after a battlefield commission as a LTJG, he served as skipper of landing craft, landing troops in North Africa, Sicily and Salerno, and tanks at Iwo Jima and Okinawa. After the war he was Executive Officer of the USCGC Half Moon and Commanding Officer of the USCGC Tamaroa. He retired in 1965 as Captain, after four sea and shore commands and serving as Chief of Marine Inspection in Baltimore and Officer in Charge of Marine Inspection in New Orleans. Relocating to Tampa, he and his wife, Ann Marie, founded State Instruments Inc., from which he retired in 1981. He has since been active in the Mid Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the Retired Officers Association, the Clearwater Power Squadron and the Francis Wilson Playhouse. Captain McKenzie is survived by his wife, Ann Marie; daughter, Helen Olga; sons, Edward Allen, Gordon Robert and Scott Townsend; 7 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. His enthusiastic and outgoing nature will be missed by all. The family remains; Always Ready - Semper Paratus. An interment service will be held at Curlew Hills Memory Gardens, 1750 Curlew Road, Palm Harbor, Florida on May 31 at 10 am. Floral arrangements will be accepted, however the family suggests contributions be made to Hospice of the Florida Suncoast or the Coast Guard Foundation.
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on May 18, 2014