VALLEY MUSICIAN ROD MacKENZIE DEAD AT 61

by Christian Mower on December 27, 2012

FAMILY AND FRIENDS ARE REMEMBERING LONGTIME VALLEY RESIDENT AND POPULAR MUSICIAN ROD MacKENZIE, WHO DIED MONDAY IN FLORIDA AFTER A BRIEF ILLNESS.

MacKENZIE WAS RECENTLY DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER. HE WAS 61.

HE WAS THE LAST MEMBER OF THE MacKENZIE, LEWIS, WHITE BAND THAT CAME FROM BERMUDA TO THE VALLEY IN THE LATE 1970s.

MacKENZIE AND BANDMATES PETER LEWIS AND PETER WHITE ENDED UP MAKING THE VALLEY THEIR HOME.

AFTER LEWIS DIED IN 1986 HIS SURVIVORS SET UP A SCHOLARSHIP TO ASSIST ASPIRING STUDENTS OF MUSIC AT CONWAY’S KENNETT HIGH SCHOOL.

A GIFTED MUSICIAN AND INSIGHTFUL SONGWRITER, MACKENZIE TRAVELED TO BERMUDA TO JOIN WHITE AND LEWIS AFTER ANSWERING AN ADVERTISEMENT IN THE POPULAR BRITISH MUSIC MAGAZINE MELODY MAKER.

MacKENZIE’S FRIEND ELIZABETH CARLETON SAYS HIS NAME WILL NOW BE ADDED TO THE SCHOLARSHIP – NOW TO BE CALLED MacKENZIE, LEWIS, WHITE – AS THE BAND WAS. CARLETON SAYS THE SCHOLARSHIP WILL CONTINUE AS AN ONGOING TRIBUTE TO THREE MUSICIANS WHO FOLLOWED THEIR DREAMS AND WANTED TO HELP OTHERS REALIZE THEIRS.

MacKENZIE SPENT MOST OF THE YEAR LIVING IN MARCO ISLAND, FLORIDA BUT CONSIDERED THE VALLEY HIS HOME. HE LEAVES A DAUGHTER, SISTER AND BROTHER – AND MANY FRIENDS.

MEMORIAL ARRANGEMENTS ARE PENDING. GIFTS CAN BE MADE TO THE MacKENZIE, LEWIS, WHITE SCHOLARSHIP FUND, CARE OF 137 VFW ST., CONWAY, NH 03818.

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