UA-8412995-1 The Southport Globe: MacKenzie's love of history, genealogy paid tribute

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

MacKenzie's love of history, genealogy paid tribute

The weather forecast for Wednesday was overcast and rainy, but Walt Matis' prediction about the tribute service for Fairfield genealogist Rod MacKenzie couldn't have been clearer. "At the end of the day, I think what you're going to see is the mark of a man," Matis said at the start of the ceremony.

A program coordinator and colleague of MacKenzie's at the Fairfield Museum and History Center, Matis and over 100 other co-workers, friends and family gathered in the museum late Wednesday morning to remember the lifelong Fairfielder. The tribute followed an 11 a.m. graveside service at Oak Lawn Cemetery.
MacKenzie, 75, died Dec. 9 after a long battle with cancer. He was a genealogist and researcher at the Fairfield Museum and History Center, as well as the Pequot Library, for more than 30 years.
After signing a family guest book at the reception desk and partaking in a catered lunch, tribute attendees recalled the beloved man.
Pequot Children's Librarian Susan Ei said, "It's such a big loss. He was such a gentleman, and pleasure to be around. He went out of his way to say hello to every staff member every morning. He was also the doorway and navigator of our genealogical collection. He wasn't someone who was ready to check out at all, and was very private about his sickness." Ei's associate, Robin Valovich, said, "He personified courage, nothing got him down. He had a very positive attitude and will be sorely missed."
Pequot Library's Executive Director Dan Snydacker agreed with Valovich. "He had a wonderful positive presence and a kind word for everybody. I'll miss him dearly. The books and collection will miss him and are calling to him," he said. READ MORE: http://www.fairfieldcitizenonline.com/news/article/Neighborhood-Watch-organized-to-address-Southport-2417959.php

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