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MacKENZIE, Dr. Bruce It is with great sadness that we announce our loss of Dr. Bruce MacKenzie on June 26th, 2017 at the Victoria General hospital. Beloved husband of Nikki for 67 years (deceased), devoted and respected father of Ross (Lea) MacKenzie, Jan (Dave) McAmmond, Ian (Beth) MacKenzie, Garth (Sue) MacKenzie. Bruce is also survived by his eleven grandchildren: Nicole (Craig), Robb (Galina), Matthew, Heather (Justin), Ryan (Toni), Shannon (Brian), Aaron, Kaytlyn (Matt). Daniel, Jake and Chase; and by his seven great-grandchildren: Kayla, Nicolas, David, Eric, Grace, Jaycen and Isla. "Young Bruce" was born in Kindersley, Saskatchewan in 1922, the sixth of eight brothers and sisters. At 19 Bruce volunteered to join the Air force - "the right thing to do" - Squadron 441. Bruce nearly altered the course of the war. Forced to take to the air in a blizzard to demonstrate Canadian flying power for an important visitor, Bruce's wing hit a snow drift as he took flight, sending him straight for the command centre. Pulling on the throttle, Bruce flew straight up and over the tower. In the command centre, Winston Churchill turned and commented to those gathered, "Good Flyer." Squadron 441 was sent off to England in 1944, logging 852 hours. Bruce in his Spitfire notably participated in operations Market Garden and at 6:30 am escorted the first bombers on D - day. Bruce flew 131 sorties and received the Croix de Guere followed by the French Legion of Honour. On his return from the war, Bruce graduated from dentistry at the University of Alberta and married Nikki (Nicholson). Bruce and Nikki teamed up to run well respected Pediatric dental practices in Edmonton and Victoria. Bruce made significant contributions to the practice of Dentistry. Bruce and Nikki had a great zest for life. He traveled the world, not just for the vacation but to learn. He took time with his family to travel and showed us a better way. Bruce was progressive and an innovator, one of the first to buy solar panels and a hybrid car. Bruce supported the SPCA, he was an enthusiastic supporter of theater including Victoria's Belfry and the Canadian College for Performing Arts. Bruce loved winning and took great delight in supporting family achievements. Bruce was an accomplished athlete, and bridge player. He would respond to letters (if they were well written); he would always laugh at jokes, (if they were well told); and he was someone who people would seek council and approval from. We lost our wing commander - a dapper, regimented, generous man, with a devastating wit, known for his kindness to all. A heartfelt thanks to Dad's caregiver, Linda Duana, who renewed Dad's spirit. The family wishes to express its sincere gratitude to Bruce's doctors and caregivers for their kind care. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the SPCA, Belfry or CCPA. Condolences may be offered to the family at

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Published in Victoria Times Colonist from Jun. 29 to Jul. 1, 2017.
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July 7, 2017
To Garth and family,
We were saddened to read of your father's passing. He and your mother were wonderful people, great parents, friends and examples to all of us of lives well lived!
Fondly, Marnee and Graeme Lee and family.
Marnee Lee
July 6, 2017
To Ian and Beth and family:
Our sympathy on the loss loss of your father/grandfather.
Sincerely, the Podlozniuk family
July 1, 2017
Bruce Mackenzie's legacy lives on in Canadian history as his eclectic life touched many. A decorated RCAF fighter pilot, well-known dentist, sportsman, adventurist, entrepreneur and beloved family man, Bruce made a significant difference in his life. Condolences to the entire Mackenzie family and may your loss and sadness soon be replaced by wonderful thoughts and memories of a man who left such a huge legacy. Bruce's spirit remains in all he touched in life.
Larry Dufresne
June 30, 2017
To the Mackenize family, your dad Bruce was a truely great man. We loved listening to his amazing stories, We will always remember him in our hearts , He was a hero in our minds and a great Canadian . love donna and mike
June 30, 2017
On behalf of the Churchill Society of British Columbia, I express the gratitude of the members of our Society for the presentation by Dr. Bruce Mackenzie. Our members remember him fondly and respect his amazing career and contribution to society.

Christopher Hebb
President, Churchill Society of British Columbia
June 30, 2017
As a young child, I spent many hours in Dr MacKenzie's dental chair. The highlight was, if I didn't cry, I could choose a ring afterwards. Although only plastic, I treasured them. Thus began a lifelong passion for beautiful jewelry. Until reading his obituary, I was not aware of his brave and illustrious service to our country. A life well-lived, indeed.
Carla Cumming Sojonky
June 30, 2017
To The Family of Mr. MacKenzie

Although you do not know me I wish to send my condolences for your loss may you find Courage, Strength and Love moving forward.

Mr. MacKenzie THANK YOU for your service and sacrifices you made in WWII to help make this world a better and safer place for all to live.

In Flanders Field a Poppy shall grow in your memory.

Rest In Peace Sir
Lest We Forget

A PROUD CANADIAN Veterans Daughter
Donna Phillips
To The Late: Donald Martin Phillips (WWII Veteran 1941-1945)
Donna Phillips
June 29, 2017
Garth, Sue and Family, while we never did meet your Dad, we often heard stories about him, either through yourself at the practice or otherwise. What an amazing man. Our heartfelt condolences to each of you. Love, Duncan, Lori, Ewan, Katie & Hunter MacKenzie.
Duncan MacKenzie
June 29, 2017
Will never forget Bruce and Nicky taking us on a motor tour of Victoria and Saanich,in their hybrid car.
Peter and Terry Holt
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