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It was with profound devastation and sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Lester
“Wayne” MacKenzie on Wednesday, May 10th , 2023. Wayne was a long-time resident of Glace
Bay and member of the Commissionaires, having devoting his time to various postings
throughout the CBRM over the years. Wayne served his country in the military, as well as his
community as a minor hockey and little league coach, during which he had the pleasure of
coaching his son over the years.
Wayne was a devoted family man through and through, cherishing his roles as a husband, father,
brother, uncle, and above all, as "Papa". When not spending time with his loved ones, he could
be found tinkering in his barn or helping his wife, Ann, with her latest project. But nothing
brought Wayne more joy than being with his grandchildren. He was a constant presence at their
hockey and baseball games and practices, and other events, rarely ever missing a chance to cheer
them on. His love and devotion to his family was matched only by his passion for the Boston
Wayne is survived by his wife of 49 years, Ann (Cann) MacKenzie, his children Charlene
(Angus) and Cory (Jen), his three adored grandchildren, Leo, Olivia “Libby” and John. He is
also survived by his brothers Murdoch (Marlene), Paul (Amy), Harold “Butch” (Lynne), Jimmy
(Linda), Gerry (Susan), father in-law Len Murrin, along with several brother and sister-in-law’s
and many nieces, nephews and other extended family. Wayne was predeceased by his mother and
father, Rita and Lester MacKenzie, as well as his mother-in-law Rita-Cann, father in-law Harold
Cann, and special family member Claudia Murrin.
Wayne's love for his family, friends, and community was evident in everything he did, and he
will be remembered not only for his strength and resilience, but also for his unwavering kindness
and loyalty. His sudden passing is a great loss to all who knew and loved him, and he will be
Cremation will take place and there will be no visitation or memorial. Arrangements are
entrusted to Forest Haven Memorial Garden.
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