Rev. H. Gilmour MacKenzie
It is with great sadness that his family announce the death
of Rev. H. Gilmour MacKenzie of Fredericton, New Brunswick.
He passed peacefully at his home, Regent Hall (Independent Living)
Parkside Residence in Fredericton, on Friday, September 15th,
Rev. MacKenzie was born in North Sydney, Nova Scotia on October 1st, 1925 to the late Daniel and Marion (Appleby) MacKenzie.
He was a graduate of the Sydney Academy, Dalhousie University and Pine Hill Divinity of the Atlantic School of Theology in Halifax. In 1950, Gil MacKenzie was ordained as a Minister of the Maritime Conference of United Church of Canada and began his lifelong ministry.
Rev MacKenzie brought not only the Word of God to the pulpit, but also a strong and determined leadership to his congregations. He started his ministry at age 18 while still in university by serving in five mission fields. He was called to serve the parishes of Gabaruse-Forchu, Saint Andrews United Church in Sydney, NS, Nashwaaksis United Church in Nashwaaksis, NB, St. James United Church in Woodstock, NB, Trinity St. Stephens in Amherst, NS, and St. Paul’s United in Fredericton, NB.
Rev. MacKenzie led the people of St. Paul’s for sixteen years and then retired as Senior Minister in 1990. Not to become idle, Rev. Gil accepted an invitation to be Minister of Visitation for Nashwaaksis United Church. He poured his heart and strength into pastoral care. After his first retirement Rev. MacKenzie continued to do the Work of the Lord for a further twenty four years. He made thousands of pastoral calls. He attended hospital rooms and performed baptisms, weddings and funerals. He counselled, consoled, served and brought spiritual counsel and the Love of God to all; strangers, church members, friends, and family.
Rev. Gil MacKenzie was in turn chair of the Ministerial Associations of Woodstock, Amherst and Fredericton. He was also Chair of the Amherst-Moncton, Fredericton and Woodstock Presbyteries. He served the Maritime Conference of the United Church of Canada as Chair of the Nominating Committee and as Chair of the Stewardship Committee. He also served on numerous national committees of the United Church of Canada.
In 2009 in Fredericton Rev. MacKenzie received the Paul Harris Fellowship in appreciation of the tangible and significant assistance he gave to furtherance of understanding and friendly relations among the peoples of the world.
Gil was married for 57 years to Eleanor Grace (Vincent) MacKenzie who supported him in his ministry and by whom he had six children. He was blessed in his later years by marriage to Gladys E. Jeffery.
Gil MacKenzie will be mourned by Gladys and his children. They are Shauna MacKenzie (Ian Smith) of Hamilton, Bermuda, Margaret MacKenzie (Richard Cuthbertson) of Fredericton, NB, Kathy Stewart (Dave) of Sussex, NB, Kenneth (Roseann) of Amherst, NS, Dan (Wanda Day) of Mississauga, ON and Ian (Maude) of Dieppe, NB.
He will be always remembered by his grandchildren, Andrew Cuthbertson (Katherine), Sarah Cuthbertson (Kasey Reeves), Joshua Stewart (Jenna), Julie DeWolf (Travis), Rebecca MacKenzie, Adam MacKenzie, Erika Brown, (Jake), Zachary MacKenzie, Zoe MacKenzie and Abigail MacKenzie; great-grandchildren, Rhea and Aubrey Stewart, Liam Cuthbertson and Jade Reeves; siblings, Mildred Jackson and George MacKenzie of North Sydney, NS; sister-in-law, Mae MacKenzie of North Sydney, NS as well as nieces and nephews.
His family will remember him for his love of family gatherings, Cape Breton, his beloved cottage, the Blue Jays and ice cream!
Gil was predeceased by his wife Eleanor and his brothers,
Jack, Dr. Gordon and Chalmers MacKenzie and his sister Ethel
Visitation will be held at McAdam’s Funeral Home, 160 York Street, Fredericton on Monday, September 18th, 2017 between 2:00-4:00pm and 7:00-9:00pm. A memorial service will be held at St. Paul’s United Church on Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 at 11:00am officiated by Rev. Michelle Armstrong, assisted by Rev. Ellen Beairsto. Interment will take place privately in Lorneville, NS at a future date.
For those who wish, memorial tributes in Gil’s honour may be made to the Eleanor Grace (Vincent) MacKenzie Nursing Memorial Bursary, University of New Brunswick at http://www.unb.ca/giving, or to St. Paul’s United Church.