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773 Moody Street
Waltham, MA 02453
Phone: 781-893-6260
Fax: 781-893-5965
John MacKenzie

John W. MacKenzie

Thursday, June 10th, 1937 - Wednesday, March 4th, 2020
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Of Waltham, passed away peacefully on March 4th, 2019 in the Newton - Wellesley Hospital with family by his side at the age of 82.

Born on June 10, 1937 in Waltham; son of the late William M. MacKenzie and Catherine (Zeno) MacKenzie, John resided in Watertown and Belmont for several years, before moving back to Waltham where he spent most of his life.

John was a proud Veteran of the United States army serving during the Vietnam War.

A graduate of Saint Charles Borromeo High School; John furthered his education at Northeastern University with a degree in Business Management and then went onto Wentworth Institute of Technology where he received a degree in Engineering.

John was employed at Instrumentation Laboratory; MediTech and Digital Corporation for many years. Later in life John obtained his realtors license, and worked alongside his wife with Uniglobe Reliance Travel for years.

His true passion in life was playing and teaching Piano. He was a professional Piano player and Instructor throughout his life; he played for weddings and throughout New England in the hospitality industry at clubs, bars and restaurants. John was a part of several bands including the "Sounds of the Night" and the "Red Barons".

He loved spending time with his family and friends; his greatest enjoyment in life came from spending time with his grandchildren. John was a huge sports fan; he played baseball and football throughout his college years into his later years in several adult baseball leagues.

His beloved wife Frances (Russo) MacKenzie predeceased him in 2007.

John is survived by his devoted & loving children John M. MacKenzie of Billerica; Diana M. MacKenzie of Waltham; Michael W. MacKenzie of Merrimack, NH; Brian S. MacKenzie of Melrose; Catherine A. Desmond of Georgia, VT; Matthew A. MacKenzie of Waltham; his dear brother Claude MacKenzie and his wife Janet of PA; and sister-in-law Elaine MacKenzie of Waltham. In addition he is survived by 9 cherished grandchildren and many nieces & nephews.

He was predeceased by his dear brother Deacon William E. MacKenzie.

Relatives & Friends are respectfully invited to attend a Funeral Service in celebration of John's Life in the Mary Catherine Chapel of Brasco & Sons Memorial, 773 Moody Street, WALTHAM on Tuesday afternoon March 10th at 12:00 p.m. Visiting Hours will be held in the Brasco Memorial Chapels Funeral Home on Monday from 4 - 8 p.m. Burial with United States Army Military Honors will be held PRIVATE at the V.A. Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, March 9th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Monday, March 9th, 2020 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Brasco & Sons Memorial Chapel Waltham
    773 Moody St.
    WALTHAM, MA 02453
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  • Service

    Tuesday, March 10th, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Tuesday, March 10th, 2020 12:00pm
    The Mary Catherine Chapel of Brasco & Sons
    773 Moody Street
    WALTHAM, MA 02453
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    Rev. Dennis Wheatley, OFM
  • Interment

    V.A. Massachusetts Veterans National Cemetery
    Connery Ave. - MacArthur Blvd. (Rte.#28) Otis AFB
    Bourne, Massachusetts 02532
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