June 2, 1940 – October 17, 2021
Dennis Murray (Ray) MacKenzie was to his wife, a “Ray of Sunshine” (most of the time). To his children, (many added to the family as the years went on) a loving father and mentor. Papa Ray to the grands and great grands. Proud Army Veteran, United Nations Peacekeeper and dedicated Legion member of 50 plus years.
Most of his professions involved driving. Buses, trucks and some off road equipment, also hauling as an Ice Road Trucker. He worked for many companies over the years. Greyhound, Coachways, PCL, Whitepass & Kaps Transport to name a few.
Tod Mountain (prior to Sun Peaks Resort) He worked hard at any and all jobs necessary to ensure the success of the ski resort. He had a blast doing it. His motto was “work hard, play hard.”
His last job was special to him, as he was a bus driver, mentor and friend to several generations of school children in his home town of Clearwater.
In retirement he took on a year-long christian mission with the African Children’s Choir. He was their bus driver covering from the Mexican border to Alaska. He also was the equipment manager, lighting specialist for concerts, guardian for 26 children between 6 & 9 years and mentor to 9 fellow chaperones.
He was a friend to innumerable people. He was always willing to lend an ear and advice when asked. He could find some humour in most situations and sometimes suggested ideas that might be a bit troublesome. He usually was quick to talk his way out of trouble, with a twinkle in his eye.
He will be missed by many. RIP Ray
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Aww such a tragic loss.rest easy uncle ray! Heaven just scored another angel.
I have many fond memories of Ray , we grew up together in sunshine valley . I was 7 and he was 5 two little kids being raised by our grandmothers. We will meet again my heart goes out to the family Donna
Knew and worked with Ray for many years. A true professional on the job and a joy to be with off.
We will meet again my friend
Many great memories but one of the best was when we marched side by side with our Kilts swaying as we were in step……..what a sight we were. A memory I will cherish forever……. We will meet again old friend of this I am sure……
I lost the best friend I ever had and a dear, dear mentor. He will ever be in my heart
no matter where he is. I loved him dearly.