Obituary of Robert Edwin MacKenzie
Robert Edwin MacKenzie
Robert was the fourth child of Robert and Myrtle Mackenzie, born on July 8th, 1943. He and his five sisters: Marian, Martha, Joyce, Margaret and Rene, were born and raised in Flin Flon Manitoba. As a young man Robert loved sports, especially playing hockey.
He worked for Weyerhaeuser in Prince Albert, SK, The Pas, MB, and then in Kamloops, BC. On July 8th, 1974 he met the love of his life, Gloria, in Kamloops, BC. The two were married on October 22, 1977 in Red Deer, AB.
He then worked up north at Pine Point, NWT and then Fort McMurray, AB. He then worked at Nova Chemicals, Joffre. Retired from Nova Chemicals and then worked for two years with Design Group then retired again from there then became a driver examiner with Gloria for three years. Robert was Santa for many years while working at Nova and got to go on numerous trips while working there including, but not limited to: Phoenix, San Antonio, Houston, St Louis, Kansas City, Nashville, Pitsburg and Disney World. They also spent nine years living in Canmore, AB.
Robert loved horses. He and Gloria showed horses in Western and English style. He also had a sleigh and did sleigh rides in the winter and did pack horse trips in the mountains with his friends. He played the bagpipes with the Red Deer pipe band from the mid 80’s to mid 90’s.
Robert loved pedal biking. He and Gloria biked across Canada for the first time in 2002 and then again in 2007, from Vancouver, BC to Halifax, NS. They dunked their bikes in the Pacific Ocean and then in the Atlantic Ocean, with many bike trips in between. In 2009 they joined the TDA global cycling group. In 2009 they did the Orient Express ( Paris to Istanbul), in 2010 they did The Amber Route (St. Petersburg to Venice, Italy), in 2011 they did the North American Epic (San Fran to St John’s NFL), in 2012 they did the Coberamba (Copenhagen to Barcelonan), 2013 The Bamboo Road (Shanghai to Singapore) and also the AL Comino Train in Spain. 2014 – 2020 numerous bike trips in New Zealand, in 2017 they did the Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland, in 2018 they did a Pub Tour from Dublin to London. During this time they did three to four cruises as well with Princess Cruise lines (Seattle to Alaska, Panama Canal). On April 29th of this year, they left their home in Red Deer, AB, to bike to Charlotte Town, PEI and had planned to be there to see his Grandson Connor for his 80th Birthday. They made it to John Town, Ontario and were stopped by too much smoke so came back home to Red Deer and celebrated his 80th birthday there with family and friends.
Robert is survived by his loving wife, Gloria, of Red Deer, AB; son, Bud Mackenzie (Kylee Wilson) of Red Deer, AB; grandchildren: Connor, Scotia and Jackson Mackenzie; stepchildren: Blaine Thauberger (Karen) of Victoria, BC; grandchildren: Rhylah-Anne and Alissa Cartwright (Chris MacDonald), Tammie Lepard (Carl Lydom) and grandchildren Nikita (Tyler Rota) and Michelle Lepard (Niels Olsen); great grandchildren: Remi and Lainey Rota, Davis and Landon Olsen, all of Stettler, AB; sisters: Marion Lekopy of Red Deer, AB, Martha (Mike) Pennock of Victoria, BC, Joyce Clemants (Bernie) of Surprise AZ and Margaret Mackenzie of Edmonton, AB; as well as numerous other relatives and many dear friends.
Robert was predeceased by his parents Robert and Myrtle Mackenzie;, son Trevin Mackenzie; sister Rene Simpson; brother in law Metro Lekopy; father and mother in Law George and Eunice Sayce; brother and sister in law Paul and Marilyn LaRose.
In honoring Bob’s wishes no
formal funeral service will be held
Memorial Donations may be made to the charity of your choice.
Stettler Funeral Home & Crematorium
Parkview Funeral Chapels & Crematorium
5117 50 Street
Veteran, Consort and areas
5018 Royal Street
Coronation, AB | T0C 1C0}