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Archie Morell MACKENZIE
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MACKENZIE, Archie Morell
March 13, 1926 - June 23, 2014

Husband, father, grandfather,
Arch passed away peacefully at
the St. Vincent Hospital five
months after cardiac surgery.
   He is survived by Isobel
MacKenzie, nee Cameron, his
wife of 63 years, sons, Colin
(Lorrie Huggins), Alex (Beatrice
Hampson), and Malcolm (Dana
Miller), by grandchildren,
Rebecca, Alison, Duncan,
Charlotte, Malcolm, Alasdair and
Lachlan, as well as, brother,
Robert in Thunder Bay and 18
nieces and nephews. He was
predeceased by his parents,
Alexander MacRae MacKenzie
and Marian McCabe and his
brother, James.
   A life member of the
Parliamentary Press Gallery, Arch
was a journalist for more than 40
years, principally with The
Canadian Press. His reputation
for fairness and humanity in a
profession that frequently does
without was legendary,
especially among those who
worked for him.
   Arch was born in Regina and
grew up on a farm near the
Qu'Appelle Valley. After service
with the Canadian Army, he
graduated from the University of
Saskatchewan and worked in
Regina, Montreal, Toronto,
Winnipeg and Vancouver before
becoming deputy editor in
Atikokan. That led improbably to
England, and then it was off to
Montreal, Ottawa and
   As a reporter, his copy was clean
and he was one of the first in the
business to master the intricacies
of international finance,
pipelines and Canada's North.
   Back in Ottawa, he became
Canadian Press bureau chief in
the glory days of CP and print
journalism and helped expand
the definition of news.
   In retirement he swam, doted
on grandchildren, joined
environmental groups and
fulminated against Stephen
   A memorial service will be held
in the fall; details to follow.

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Published in The Globe and Mail on Jun. 25, 2014.