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.
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
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,
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.
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
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
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!)
Alan McKenzie, ACIB, FICB, FInstD, FSA
Scot, (1936 - 2020)
It is with deep sadness that I have to
report that our good friend and colleague Alan McKenzie died of cancer
on January 2.
Alan joined the Scottish Studies Foundation in July 1986 when he was
Senior Vice-President and Secretary of Barclays Bank of Canada.
Over the years in working tirelessly for the Foundation, Alan undertook
the roles of Secretary, Treasurer and President and was the first editor
of the Foundation's newsletter when, at Alan’s recommendation, the
decision was made to open the Foundation to general membership. There
can be little doubt that it was thanks to Alan’s fundraising efforts
that the Chair in Scottish Studies was established in 2004.
Alan was extremely proud of his Scottish heritage and was an active
participant in many Scots-Canadian events in Ontario and elsewhere in
Canada. In 1987 Alan founded the Clan MacKenzie Society in Canada and
for many years was Lieutenant to Cabarfeidh (the chief of the Clan, John
Mackenzie, Earl of Cromartie).
His achievements in this role included mounting a campaign to restore
the Mackenzie castle, Castle Leod, near Strathpeffer in Scotland and in
making available an updated and indexed edition of “History of the
Mackenzies with Genealogies of the Principal families of the Name,” by
Alexander Mackenzie MJI.
Alan was also an enthusiastic amateur actor and appeared on the stage in
various roles including George Bernard Shaw’s “Joan of Arc,” Oscar
Wilde’s “An Ideal Husband,” Terence Rattigan’s "The Winslow Boy" and
Frank Vickery’s “Trivial Pursuits.” He was also the director of Norm
Foster’s "Office Hours."
Alan was born in 1936 at Chester, England, to Maj. William Alexander
McKenzie and Ada Ethel May Cross and was educated at Sutton High School,
Plymouth, England. In 1958 he married Jill Leach, daughter of Charles
Leach and Flora B. Craig. Their four children are: Duncan Stuart, Fiona
Juliet, Ian Bruce, and Catherine Alison. Sadly Jill passed away in 2006.
In 1953 Alan joined Barclay's Bank in England and emigrated to Canada in
1975 to join the Bank of Montreal in Montreal. In 1978, after a short
spell as managing director of a public real estate company in Hong Kong,
he rejoined Barclay's Bank in Toronto becoming 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
All of us on the Scottish Studies Foundation’s Board of Directors extend
our deepest sympathy and condolences to Alan’s wife Susan and to his
children and grandchildren at this difficult time.
I have been advised that there will be a Celebration of Alan’s Life at a
future date and will keep you posted once details are available.
Alan will be sorely missed. He was a great human being. When will we see
the likes of him again?