Ian B. Mackenzie of Palm Coast, FL, and formerly Pawling, NY, passed away on Tuesday, April 17, at age 94. His health had been deteriorating for some time.
He was born and grew up in Syosset, NY, and was a first-generation American as his parents, Roderick and Annie Mackenzie, immigrated to the United States from Scotland in 1921 as butler and cook to Andrew Carnegie’s extended family. He was named after his uncle, Ian Buchanan, who was killed in the Great War (World War I) at the Battle of the Somme.
During the Depression, Ian spent nearly 4 years, ages 8 – 12, growing up in Kneep, a small village on Scotland’s Isle of Lewis. He felt the experience toughened him up and ignited his spark to succeed. The Pearl Harbor attack occurred during his Hicksville High School senior year, and he left school early to join the Army Air Corps and become a P-51 fighter pilot in Europe.
After the war, he got his GED and took courses at NYU. He started selling Cadillacs and ultimately became an Automobile Dealer with dealerships in New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. In the early 1980s, he made a career change and at age 59 went to work at the Marlin Company in Wallingford, CT, and for the next 27 years set several sales records.
Possibly his greatest achievement was marrying Marilyn Otis of Port Washington, NY. Together they had six children and were married for 43 years until her passing in 1993. Fortunately, he ran into an old acquaintance, Beverly Hensey, who herself was a widow, and they were married for 14 years until Bev’s passing. Shortly thereafter, he sold his home in Pawling, NY, and moved to Florida.
A lifelong supporter of The Rev. Norman Vincent Peale, Ian was a board member of the Peale Guidepost Foundation and enjoyed tithing to the Marble Collegiate Church where Rev. Peale preached for six decades. He was also a proud member of the VFW and the P-51 Mustang Pilot’s Association.
Ian is survived by his six children (Paige, Lynn, Scott, Leslie, Tara, and Tracey); stepdaughter Pat Galvin; 12 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren. His younger brother Roderick passed away in 2010.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. June 2, 2018, at Christ Church on Quaker Hill, Pawling, NY. Burial will follow in Quaker Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Guideposts, 39 Old Ridgebury Road, Suite 27, Danbury, CT 06810, or online at www.Guideposts.org; or by calling 1-800-728-5653. Please put “Ian Mackenzie” on the memo line.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Horn & Thomes, Inc. Funeral Home, 83 East Main Street, Pawling, NY.