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CAMERON – Lt. Col Keith Mackenzie (Retired)

April 16, 1928 – June 28, 2010

Keith Cameron, beloved husband of Pat of Calgary passed away peacefully on Monday, June 28, 2010 at the age of 82 years.

Keith was born on April 16, 1928 in Vancouver, B.C. He served 34 years in the Royal Canadian Air Force in the Air Traffic Control/Air Operations Career Field. During his career he served in Canada, France and Germany. He was awarded the Order of Military Merit (O.M.M.) in 1978. After his retirement from the Air Force Keith worked for the Geological Survey of Canada as head of administration and finance from 1982 to 1994. He also volunteered with the Calgary Police Department for several years. Keith and Pat, throughout their marriage enjoyed travelling. Keith was an avid golfer and skier. He was also a pilot and loved to fly. He will be forever loved and missed.

Keith will be lovingly remembered by his beloved wife of sixty years Pat, his children Jane Cameron, Barbara McEwan and son-in-law Brett. Keith was blessed with two grandchildren Cameron and Ross McEwan. He was very proud of his family.

At Keith and Pat’s request there will be no service. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire memorial donations may be made in Keith’s name to the Chinook Care Centre Hospice 1261 Glenmore Trail SW, Calgary. Alberta T2V 4Y8 Telephone 403-258-0040.

In living memory of Keith Cameron, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403) 243-8200.

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  1. Norm Altenhof :

    Dear Pat: To you and your family, I extend my deepest regrets at this very difficult time. Although you and I never met, Keith and I go back to 1967 when he was an instructor at Camp Borden. I always held Keith in highest regard for his professionalism in the RCAF and I know that he held himself to that high standard regarding his family and friends. Our careers passed several times even after he retired from the military and I am happy to have been able to call him a “friend”. When I look back, he did have a great influence on me and for that I am thankful to have known him. God bless you and you family.

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  2. Ross Norminton :

    Dearest Pat,
    It was with shock and sadness that I read of the passing of our delightful Col.. Keith was a treasured friend and I regret we have not seen each other for these past 4 years!
    My thoughts are with you, Jane, Barbara and family. I am still at 403-289-0789 and if you would like me to come around, please give me a call.
    Love,
    Ross

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  3. Willy & Elaine Williams :

    Mr C. It was a pleasure knowing you and working for you at the Geological Survey of Canada. I appreciated your sense of humor and the many chats we had about the good times in the Air Force. Our condolences to Pat and family. Rest in peace, my friend.
    Sincerely, Willy & Elaine Williams

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  4. Hello Pat.
    I am truly sorry for your loss.
    I worked for Keith when he was a F/O and later when he was a Major.
    I also had multiple contacts with him over the years .
    I remember several “set backs’ he experienced in his career and how he pushed them away and got on with living and doing.
    Keith was a fine example, for me and I’m sure others, of how an Officer should be.
    I always thought of Keith as an adult in an erratic society. (ATC)
    Keith was my inspiration and I thought friend. I often wished he could share my pleasure in my achievements, but sadly I never told him how much he affected me.
    Because of Keith’s example I was able to help numerous faltering individuals who later rose to Senor ranks / positions.
    I hope you understand how much a young man can look up to a senior, admire him and try to follow his example and be thankful for knowing him.
    Peace will be with everyone who are considerate, try to love, share, and educate.

    Per Ardua Ad Astra.
    Jim Gant
    P.S.Keith wasn’t always “military prim and proper”, I also remember happy and light moments.

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  5. Mike and Cheryl Morin :

    Keith was an inspirational leader and a tireless advocate of high performance and discipline. There are lot’s of “Keith Cameron” stories around his comrades in ATC and all of them end with “and then we succeeded”.

    Condolences Pat, you are in our thoughts.

    Mike and Cheryl

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  6. Mitch Claveau :

    One of my Instructors at Camp Borden (1967), Batco in Lahr, (1973). Sharpest officer ever, with a crushing handshake and a ready quip, still remember the first joke he told us on Crse 6701. Sorry he’s gone, especially for you Mrs. Cameron.

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  7. Major (ret'd)Gordon Diller :

    Please accept my sincere condolences .
    Keith and I served together on a number of postings over the years and was a great friend and fellow airman and officer. It was a privlige to know him !
    Gordon Diller. (AERE/Avionics)

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  8. Ed and Lorna Montgomery :

    Keith (then a major) was my boss in Lahr, Germany in the mid 1970s. As a junior lieutenant, he took me under his wing – as he did all those who worked for him. I vividly recall a situation at a mess dinner when I spilled a drink on the general commanding the Canadian Forces in Europe. The general was annoyed but his aide de camp was furious and was about to dish out punishment when Keith appeared out of nowhere, took me by the arm, escorted me through the gathering crowd to the front door of the mess. He said “Ed. You should go home now. I will handle the general.” I never heard another word about the incident. That was not the first time nor was it the last that I was the grateful recipient of Keith’s wisdom and caring. I shall always remember Keith fondly and with great respect. Our sincere condolences to Pat and family. Ed and Lorna Montgomery

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  9. Grant and Henriette Smith :

    We were saddened by the news of Keith’s passing. Our sincerest condolences to Pat and the family. We have many fond memories of our time with Keith, both at work at the Geological Survey of Canada, and socially. Please accept our deepest sympathies.

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  10. Ian and Heather Stewart :

    Keith and I crossed paths a number of times throughout our careers in ATC.
    In every capacity throughout his career, Keith lead by example. His positive impact on all who knew him will be remembered throughout the air community for years to come.
    Pat, to you and your family, please accept our sincere condolences.
    Ian and Heather Stewart.

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  11. Bruce & Shirley Wellman :

    Dear Pat, Jane & Barbara

    Bruce and I were saddened to hear of Keith’s passing. Please know you are in our prayers.

    There is comfort in happy memories and we have many to share. I’ll never forget the day Keith and Pat rushed me to hospital!

    May you find comfort in all your happy memories.

    Shirley & Bruce Wellman

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  12. Tom & Nora Pile :

    Dear Pat,
    Nora and I were saddened by the recent news of Keith’s passing. Please accept our sincere and heartfelt condolences.

    Like so many others have already said in this forum, Keith was a wonderful person and officer who was dedicated to his family and to those that worked for him. He was my first SATCO when I arrived in Lahr straight from the school. His unique guidance to the many who served under him led to notable careers for officers and men alike in the ATC discipline – the stories are many. God bless you Keith Cameron.

    Pat – all our love at this difficult time.

    Tom & Nora Pile

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