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Arthur Finlay MACKENZIE
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ARTHUR FINLAY MACKENZIE December 6, 1919- November 2, 2019 A loving son, father, husband, brother, uncle and gifted teacher. Fin was the fifth of seven children born into a missionary family stationed at the British concession in Tientsin, China. He attended the Canadian Academy in Kobe, Japan (1932-1937). As a Flight Officer in the RCAF during WWII Fin served as a navigator stationed in Cumbria, England. Fin met his beloved wife June at the University of Alberta before continuing his graduate studies at the UofT, Yale and the University of London. In the 1950's Finlay managed Collette's Chinese Art Gallery in London, England before writing internationally renowned book about Chinese art. Following June's death in 1960, he returned to Canada with his infant son, where Fin flourished as a much-loved art teacher at Aldershot Secondary School in Burlington, Ontario. In his retirement Finlay was an active member of the University of Toronto's Academy for Life-Long Learning. A gentleman and a scholar, Fin was unwaveringly passionate about ideas, current events and thoughtful conversation. A talented and creative soul, Fin expressed his ideas by exploring a variety of forms of visual art including landscape painting, pen and ink sketching and pottery. Finlay was preceded in death by his wife June Mackenzie (née Wiseman) (1924-1960) He is survived by his sister Louise McLean, his son Bill, and numerous nieces and nephews.

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Published in The Globe and Mail from Nov. 9 to Nov. 13, 2019.
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November 22, 2019
I was very saddened to hear of the death of Finlay Mackenzie. He was an inspiration to me and to all who knew him. I spent many pleasant and informative hours discussing education and other issues with Finlay and was always amazed by how well read and well informed he was.He was a respected and much-loved teacher and a good friend and will be sorely missed.

Bruce Page.
November 22, 2019
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November 22, 2019

I was very saddened to hear of the death of Finlay Mackenzie. He was an inspiration to me and to all who knew him. I spent many pleasant and informative hours discussing education and other issues with Finlay and was always amazed by how well read and well informed he was. He was a respected and much-loved teacher and a good friend and will be sorely missed.

Bruce Page.
November 13, 2019
Mr. Mackenzie made a lasting impression in my life during his time at Aldershot High School. I did some of my best work due to him. He was one of my favourite teachers and he will be missed.
Rick Beckers
November 13, 2019
A great and noble life has passed. Let us rejoice for having had the privilege of knowing him, and learning from him.
His kind will not soon pass this way again.
Thank you Fin Mackenzie for being. Lao Fin, wise Fin.
- John Birch, AHS 1969-73
November 13, 2019
A great and noble life has passed. Let us rejoice for having had the privilege of knowing him, and learning from him.
His kind will not soon pass this way again.
Thank you Fin Mackenzie for being. Lao Fin, wise Fin.
- JB
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