FULTON, NY – Hugh M. MacKenzie, 68, died on Monday November 24, 2014, at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NY.
Hugh learned integrity and a tremendous work ethic from his parents, Hugh and Mary MacKenzie, traits he possessed until his last breath. He also enjoyed golf and loved to play the game with his dad.
A graduate of State University of New York at Buffalo, Hugh received a BA in 1969 and an MBA in 1970. He went to work for the Long Island Railroad as a labor relations analyst. It was there he met his future wife, Monica Mulvey.
They married in 1971 and moved to Fulton, NY.
He worked for Nestle as personnel and labor relations manager until his retirement in 2000. Hugh negotiated labor contracts for Nestle around the country, but his heart was always in Fulton.
After retiring, Hugh enjoyed teaching at Cayuga Community College, Fulton Campus.
Hugh was a communicant at Holy Trinity Church. A proud Democrat to the end, he had served as chairman of the Fulton City Democratic Committee for several years. He was a past chairman of City of Fulton Fire and Police Commission and served on the board of directors for Fulton Youth Soccer and Fulton Youth Hockey. He enjoyed coaching soccer when his children where youngsters. Hugh served as a member of IMC and Fulton Nestle Golf League.
His greatest accomplishments and love were his family.
Beside his wife of 43 years, he is survived by a son, Hugh “Dan” MacKenzie and wife, Tracy Cass MacKenzie of New York; a daughter, Megan MacKenzie of Syracuse, NY; a beloved sister, Nora MacKenzie of Phoenix, Ariz.
Hugh was especially proud of and loved his grandchildren, in birth order: Kameren Jackson, Jasmine Jackson, Maureen MacKenzie, Colleen MacKenzie, Emma J. Berkley and Aileen MacKenzie; as well as nieces and nephews.
He enjoyed the raucous Mulvey family: Mark, Terence, Jim, Dan, Claire and Mary and their spouses, especially his mother-in-law, Theresa Mulvey, who prayed ceaselessly for his recovery.
His parents and brothers, Gerald and Dennis, predeceased Hugh.
Funeral services will be conducted on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Trinity Church, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.
Calling hours will be Monday 3 – 6 p.m. at the Sugar Funeral Home, 224 W. Second St. S., Fulton, NY.
The family would like to acknowledge and give thanks to Drs. Eugene Lozner and Louis Green of Syracuse, the staff at Berkley Physical Therapy of Oswego, the angels who work at Strong Hospital units 7-1400-Cardiac Transplantation ICU and 7-3400 – Unit for Heart Failure & Transplantation, as well as the LVAD staff who cared for Hugh during the last year of his life.