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MACKENZIE, Hallam “Neil” Straghan

MACKENZIE, Hallam “Neil” Straghan
June 19, 1925 – March 21, 2012

Hallam “Neil” Straghan MacKenzie was born in Barbados, started his career in Calgary and lived for many years at Farley Hill, Umhlali, South Africa. He returned to Calgary in 2006 and died on March 21, 2012 at the age of 86. He graduated from McGill University with MSc honours and taught at Yale for a year before becoming a Petroleum Geologist in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He surveyed the Amazon basin, and operated in the Arctic areas of Northern Canada, his work took him around the globe. He met his second wife Lorette (Lolly) in New York and after they were married they settled in Cape Town, South Africa and then moved to the beautiful semi-tropical area of Umhlali in 1981. While he continued in the oil industry he also wrote two excellent books and was working on a scientific paper dealing with Einstein’s Theory of Relativity when his brilliant mind began to falter. He was an accomplished flamenco guitarist, a marvellous raconteur, had a lovely singing voice and enjoyed keeping fit.

He will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered by his wife, Lolly; their daughter Laura; his children Karen and David and their mother Jean; his grandchildren Sandy, William, Elizabeth, Jennifer, John, Christopher, Nathan, Abigail, Joshua and great grandchild Bailey. As he has many family members in Barbados including two brothers and a sister, nephews and nieces and their children, Neil will be buried in Barbados in early April.

Passion and Power
Big man, big heart. Great mind, great love.

Memorial Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Eastside Memorial Chapel (5388 Memorial Drive N.E.) on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Neil MacKenzie, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Eastside Memorial Chapel, 5388 MEMORIAL DRIVE N.E., Calgary, AB Telephone: 403-248-8585.

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  1. Patricia Chauncey :

    I loved Neil. He was my best friend Karen’s father. A second father to me when I was navigating my way through my teenage years. He was loving, respectful and kind. I remember listening to his guitar in absolute wonder. He taught me to play poker and drink rum and coke. Neil was funny in that dry way.

    He included me in a long trip to Barbados with his children and changed my expectations of the world. Bigger, brighter, more!

    There was only one man like Neil in this world. An absolute gift.

    My heart is with his family.

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  2. Honourable Nick Taylor :

    My sympathy and condolence to Neil’s family and friends.
    He was a gentleman and a good geologist
    Many of us were lucky to have known him.

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