A reception to celebrate Don's life will be held at The London Hunt & Country Club on Saturday, March 6th at 2:00 pm



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50 Years


Donald MacKenzie

Death Notice

Dr. Donald Alexander MacKenzie Dr. Donald Alexander MacKenzie, a former General and Thoracic Surgeon at St. Joseph's Hospital, died peacefully at his home in London on Thursday, February 25, 2010 surrounded by his loving family. He was 88. Don was a native of Lakeside, Ontario, attended St. Mary's District Collegiate and the University of Western Ontario, where he was a member of the Delta Upsilon Fraternity. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Western Ontario in 1943 as well as his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1946 and became a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada. Don married Barbara Joan Gardiner in 1950, a fellow University of Western Ontario Graduate in General Arts (1948). They were to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on March 4th of this year. He studied surgery as a resident under Dr. Archie Grace in London from 1947-1949, received his Master of Science Degree at the University of Minnesota and completed his Fellowship in Surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota in 1953. In 1953, he began his surgical practice at St. Joseph's Hospital in London, Ontario where he remained in practice until retiring at the end of 1992. At the same time, he was a Professor of Surgery at the University of Western Ontario. He often spoke of his utmost respect for, and was honoured to work alongside, the Sisters of St. Joseph's. He served as President of the London & District Academy of Medicine from 1959-60, Chief of Surgery of St. Joseph's Hospital in 1965 and President of the South Western Ontario Surgical Association from 1973-74. In addition, he was a member of the Harvey Club; the London Academy of Medicine; The Mayo Clinic Alumni Association; the London Hunt & Country Club, and Muskoka Lakes Golf & Country Club. Don was a very well respected, learned and published surgeon who helped countless patients and families during his medical career. He treated all of his patients and their families with compassion and dignity throughout his years of service. He continued to serve his patients through his private clinic where he so enjoyed the personal interaction with them. The son of Dr. Gordon and Barbara (Murray) MacKenzie, this brilliant, dedicated physician is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Joan; his children John (Inger Helene) MacKenzie, Barbara (Bill) Molson, Gordon (Donna) MacKenzie, Kim (Greg) McCabe, Douglas (Patty) MacKenzie; 13 grandchildren John, Christiane, Douglas, William, Brittany, Emma, Taylor, Matthew, Claire, Ben, Alex, Kailey and Madelyn. He is predeceased by his brother Murray (Leone) McKenzie of Michigan. Don will forever be remembered for his love of family and friends. As well as being an extremely well respected surgeon, he was very astute businessman. He loved to spend summers in Muskoka with his family windsurfing, waterskiing and playing golf and tennis. Above all, Don was a man who truly loved life and the people who shared it with him. He will be greatly missed. A private family memorial service will be held at the James A. Harris Funeral Home. Interment will be held at Kintore Presbyterian Cemetery in Kintore, Ontario. Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, an organization that Dr. MacKenzie held in the highest regard. A reception to celebrate Don's life will be held at The London Hunt & Country Club on Saturday, March 6th at 2:00 pm. Don's family wishes to thank Dr. Brian Laroque, Dr. Rob Petrella and staff at St. Joseph's Family Medical for their compassionate care. We are also very grateful to Mary Wellman and the ladies from Medical Priorities, Yvette, Debbie, Indra, Lisa and Bernadette, for their compassionate and respectful care for Don over the past several months. Special thanks to his many friends who often visited including his golf partner, Dr. Howard Cameron who noted "Don will always be remembered for sinking the impossible putts he had no business making".