Obituary of Bob (Robert) Lorne Mackenzie
December 4, 1934 – Vermilion, Alberta
May 8, 2022 – Airdrie, Alberta
Following a wonderful Mother’s Day meal with family, Bob Mackenzie passed suddenly due to heart complications on Sunday, May 8, 2022.
Much-loved son to Jack (Robert John) and Madeline Mackenzie, Bob leaves behind loving wife Marjory (nee Lovelace); sons Mark (Lee) and Calvin (Leanne); grandson Rob (Krysta), who added great-granddaughters Ava and Olivia; granddaughter Ashley (Travis Weinberger), who added great-grandsons Keirin and Tytan; sister Colleen (Ross MacEachern); sister-in-law Shirley Lovelace, and brothers-in-law Morris Lovelace (Maureen) and Don Brown. Bob was predeceased by sister Nola, brother-in-law Dennis Lovelace and sister-in-law Shirley Brown.
Born in Vermilion, Alberta, Bob spent most of his life in Edmonton, with a short stint in Calgary while attending SAIT to become an auto mechanic. During that time, in 1954, Bob met Marjory (Marj), the love of his life. They married November 9, 1957. Following in father Jack’s footsteps, Bob ran Mackenzie Auto Service until the business was sold in 1975. Between that time and retirement, Bob worked for Imperial Oil as a shop foreman and later ran an Esso gas bar for several years with Marj as his business partner. Sons Mark and Calvin worked in the businesses he ran, with Calvin also becoming a mechanic.
Retirement brought many years at Apache Wells, a 55+ park in Mesa, Arizona, where he and Marj built many new and lasting friendships. He had great pride attending Saturday “Beautification”, contributing within a group of volunteers who landscaped the park. After family, Bob loved cars, racing, camping, gardening, travelling in his RV with Marj and his 32 Chev pickup.
A Celebration of Bob’s Life will be held at Yesterdays Auto Gallery (8707 51 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB) on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, starting at 6:00 PM. Bob is already missed so very much!!
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Bob’s name may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549, www.heartandstroke.ca.
In living memory of Robert Mackenzie, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Airdrie, 300 Towerlane Drive, Airdrie, AB T4B 3L8, Telephone: 403-948-1100.