Gerald F. McKenzie, 86, a longtime resident of Stoughton, passed away on Saturday, October 31, 2020 at Brockton Hospital, bravely facing Covid-19 with a handful of loved ones by his side. Born in Boston, he was on of 9 children and the son of the late Alexander and Hilda (O'Dell) McKenzie. He was raised in Dorchester and was a graduate of Boston Schools. In 1953, he married Virgil "Susie" (Karavas) McKenzie and together they raised 4 children. In 1960, they moved their young family to Stoughton and enjoyed the past 60 years there. Mr. McKenzie was a self-employed Plumber for many years, retiring at age 70. After his retirement, he continued to work for his son Nicholas at MacKenzie Plumbing and Heating in Canton, for several years. In his free time, he enjoyed watching TV, especially golf and wrestling. He found joy in listening to traditional Irish music and was a fan of dining out with his signature Crown Royal cocktail in hand. Scratching lottery tickets was his guilty pleasure. He loved family vacations and was grateful for spending time with each and every family member. Known for his warm, good natured personality and his easy sense of humor, he was a great conversationalist and easily befriended people of all ages and all walks of life. He was a man of faith in Jesus Christ.
Mr. McKenzie was a loving father and is survived by his children; Diane L. Karafotias, Nicholas P. MacKenzie and his wife Patricia all of Canton, Elizabeth A. "Lily" Coelho and her husband Arthur of Stoughton and Christopher G. MacKenzie and his wife Robyn of Foxboro. He was the beloved "Papa" of Andrea N. Coelho-Woodhouse, Nicholas P. MacKenzie II and Danielle L. MacKenzie. He was the great grandfather of Nolan James Woodhouse. Gerry is also survived by his sister Barbara Kaczmasz of Hanover, his brother Edward MacKenzie of Braintree and was predeceased by 5 brothers and 1 sister. Jerry also leaves behind nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and neighbors. Many who have expressed very funny and fond memories of him. Jerry will be missed and well-remembered.
Due to Covid 19 restrictions, Private Family services were held. Donations in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Rd., Waltham, 02452.