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MACKENZIE, Christopher Donald

December 12, 1961 — July 26, 2019

It is with sad hearts that the family of Christopher “Chris” Donald MacKenzie announce his sudden passing as the result of a traffic accident on July 26, 2019. He is survived by his husband, Bill Litwin, mother Mary Lu MacKenzie, brother Richard (Cathy), nephews Jordan (Trish), Jasper, Benjamin and Carson MacKenzie, along with many family members in Ontario and the U.S. He was predeceased by father Elwood and brothers Peter and David.

Chris was born at 8:05 a.m. on December 12, 1961 in Marathon, Ontario. He was raised in Marathon and worked as River Driver and Lifeguard.   He loved animals from an early age and carried that love throughout his life.  He went to Sault College in Sault Ste. Marie to study nursing. He finished his education as an Emergency Medical Care Assistant at Cambrian College in Sudbury, ON and worked as an ambulance attendant throughout Ontario. A work place injury prompted him to retire to Kelowna, BC where he became active in a variety of community groups including: The Ponderosa Spinners, Weavers & Fibre Artists Guild; the Kelowna Dragon Boat Club; and the Shire of Danscombe – SCA, travelling throughout the Pacific Northwest to attend the various events for these organizations, where he made many new friends.

A Service will take place on Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 1:00 pm at the Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC and will be live-streamed on the Springfield website. Internment will take place at Lakeview Memorial Gardens.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the Chris MacKenzie Memorial Fund at the following charities:

For Canadian Family & Friends – Bridge Youth & Family Services, Etcetera Fund (https://www.thebridgeservices.ca/donate/ )
For US Family & Friends – American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (https://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.personalCampaign&participantID=2000503 )
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Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 1:00 pm

Springfield Funeral Home

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Service Information

Service Details

The service for MACKENZIE, Christopher Donald is scheduled for Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 1:00 pm . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

Address & Contact for Service Location:

Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Rd. Kelowna, BC


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  • Ena & Victor Tagle says:

    Bill we are so very sorry to hear about Chris. We enjoyed chatting with him and he will be sorely missed.

  • Donald Campbell says:

    To Mary Lu Bill Litwin & Family;
    My wife Augusta & myself are sad to hear about your recent loss of Chris . Our prayers are for Chris and your family at this difficult time. ,

  • Lisa MacKenzie says:

    So sad sense for you all and I hope you know that we are there with you in spirit. I know Chris was proud of his MacKenzie roots and I will wear a piece of tartan in his honour on the 29th.

  • Lisa MacKenzie says:

    So saddened for all of you; I hope you know that we are with you in spirit. I know Chris was proud of his MacKenzie roots and I will wear MacKenzie plaid on the 29th. My memories of Christmas Eve at your house with all the boys are strong. We are thinking of you all..

  • Corinne Hooper (nee Huska) says:

    I was shocked and saddened to hear of Chris’ passing. Deepest condolences to Mrs. MacKenzie, Richard, Bill and everyone in Chris’ family. May your memories of him, and the thoughts of others, help to sustain you during this time of sorrow.

  • Margaret-Ann Hooper says:

    Bill, I was so sorry to hear about Chris. I always enjoyed a chat with him when we ran into each other. Sending love and sympathy to you and your family.

  • Jan Johnston says:

    I will remember Chris as a kind, helpful and positive guy who was always ready to help out with our dragon boat club. We lost him way too early but I know that heaven is a better place, now that Chris is there. He will be greatly missed.

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