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Alan McKenzie

Alan McKenzie ACIB, FICB, FInstD, FSA Scot, (1936 -) banker and company vice president. Born at Chester, England, to Maj. William Alexander McKenzie and Ada Ethel May Cross, married Jill Leach in Aug. 1958, daughter of Charles Leach and Flora B. Craig. They have four children: Duncan Stuart, Fiona Juliet, Ian Bruce, and Catherine Alison, and, as of 2004, nine grandchildren. He was educated at Sutton High School, Plymouth, England. In 1953, he joined Barclay's Bank in England and emigrated to Canada in 1975 to join the Bank of Montreal in Montreal. After a short spell as managing director of a public real estate company in Hong Kong, in 1978, he rejoined Barclay's Bank in Toronto. McKenzie became a governor of the Institute of Canadian Bankers and senior vice-president, secretary and compliance officer of Barclay's Bank of Canada until his retirement in 1996.

Jill McKenzieJill McKenzie

At Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital on December 27, after a short illness.  Predeceased by her son, Neil.  She is survived by her mother, Flora, her brothers Michael and Geoffrey, her husband of 48 years, Alan, her children, Duncan (Amy), Fiona (Paul), Ian (Soonya), Catherine (Martin), and nine grandchildren.  Jill will be remembered for her life of dedication and support to her family, and her constant kind devotion to them all.  Clever, practical, cheerful, and extraordinarily multi-talented, she was an unforgettable person.

Order of Service

Alan served as chairman of the Scottish Studies Foundation and, for more than twelve years, on its board of directors. In addition, he has been the lieutenant to Cabarfeidh, chief of the world-wide Clan Mackenzie, the Rt. Hon., the Earl of Cromartie. His achievements in this role include leading and promoting the Mackenzie Society in Canada, establishing it as a charitable organization, mounting a campaign to restore the Mackenzie castle, Castle Leod, near Strathpeffer, Scotland and making available an updated (1998) and indexed edition of History of the Mackenzies with Genealogies of the Principal families of the Name, by Alexander Mackenzie MJI.


What he doesn't tell you about is his acting career and here are three photos of him taken in 2005 when he played three roles of Earl of Shrewsbury (taken backstage) and of Archbishop of Reims, and Joan of Arc's father (with Joan).

and in this last role you can see that it would be best to pay your society fees in time!!! :-)

And here is Alan in the play - Lend Me a Tenor

And the above pictures are from the Oscar Wilde Play, An Ideal Husband, just finished after 15 performances to full houses! He played Lord Caversham.

Alan in Trivial Pursuits
Here is part of a review done by Halton Arts
But the play really belongs to ALAN McKENZIE and MARYPAT McBRIDE, who are the aforementioned separating couple. He’s the bore - she’s the dynamo… both are histrionically and physically epitomes. His body language and posture reflect his character; while McBride’s somewhat zaftig physique and swagger exemplify the emergent liberation of a newly unshackled female. Together they steal the show.

Here is a review of "Office Hours" where this time Alan is the Director!

OFFICE HOURS, Miss'a players

‘OFFICE HOURS”; Time well spent!
By Danny Gaisin,

Mar. 30th, ‘06
         It sometimes seems as though playwright Norm Foster aspires to be a stage version of Danielle Steele - except his plays aren’t all the same. Hers seem to all be reiterations, but for the characters and designer-name changes.

          The Mississauga Players, and their director Alan McKenzie, bring a giggle-infused adaptation of OFFICE HOURS, to the Miss’a Library Theatre. The cast is balanced between novice & veteran thespians, and the demarcation shows. Produced & staged by Maggie McEwan, the scene changes and progression are well greased, thus flow smoothly.

          The scenarios reflect on each other and characters overlap the individual plotlines. In essence we have six diverse business operations interwoven by an on-going suicide attempt; an office supplies salesman; and crossover roles. Seeing Ken Freeman as an over-the-hill TV personage who is facing the axe introduces us to the action. His bravado monologues, then milquetoast actualities are both a hoot and challenging. .

         Margaret Sekula as his new boss is a first-timer and it shows. Her uptight business demeanor fails to match the comedic bent of her opposite number. Oakville’s Bruce Ferrier is the catalyst and to appreciate this scenario- familiarity with TV’s ‘The Fugitive’ is a necessity. Plot two deals with a has-been moviemaker trying to get a new production team to promote his latest idea… The Tarzan story, but with the names changed. All three protagonists; Ryan Weeks, Andrew Liptak & Kristen Pontisso are quite adequate talents, we only wish that the latter had a bigger contribution to the tale. The Quail & Sullivan dialogue that is the third segment is rather weak and I think that has more to do with the writing than the performance.

         Act II ‘s three segments are the strongest. Ryan Kinghorn is Richard (Ricky) Penny, whose chillingly familiar ball-breaker mom is Kathy Thomson, & Fran Goddu, her milquetoast husband. She’s a terror and intimidates both son & mate. Her other offspring is the aforementioned defenestration-attempter. Ricky announces that he is gay. Much of the dialogue in this bit is lost due to audience laughter, and McKenzie should get the cast to lengthen pauses. Then comes the Rawlings/Manou bit about a horserace promoter having to fire an overweight jockey. Again hilarity wins out over sympathy for the dumpee. The final scene brings it all together. Taking place in an analyst’s office with the salesman; Ricky’s parents; and oversized jockey, some incredibly comedic work by Luisa Favaro make THIS segment the apex. Viewers will mentally take her role home with them. And if the orgasm scene in “When Harry Met Sally” comes to mind…the performance level is on the same plane.

          Much of the success of this effort is definitely directorial. Spotting, dramatic underlining, and even physical role-selection embellish the visual aspect of the situations portrayed. There are some telegraphed punch lines and periods of dragging progress, but not sufficient to require turning down the thumb on this fun evening. “Office Hours” are from 8 - 10:30pm until April 8th, with a 2 o’clock matinee on the 2nd.

Alan is involved in another play...

Alan as Arthur Winslow having some fierce words with his son the Winslow boy himself. The play "The Winslow Boy" is by Terence Rattigan. The performances took place at the Village Theatre, Bloor West Village, Toronto and ended on 13th October 2007.

Review of the Winslow Boy

Taken on Easter Monday 2008 with his eleven grandchildren

Alan and Kim McKenzie at the Burns Supper at the Royal Botanical Gardens in 2009

And here is Alan with his new wife Susan

His son Duncan (best man) with Jen
(Susan's daughter and Matron of Honour)

Susan being escorted down the aisle by her two sons (big fellows!)

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