Thomas “Duck Puddles” MacKenzie, 34, lost his battle with cancer on January 1, 2021 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House with his partner at his side. Thomas was born in Portland on January 5, 1986. He was the loved son of Leslie and Donna MacKenzie. Thomas was predeceased by his mother, Donna. He was blessed with a loving step-mother, Theresa MacKenzie, who raised him as her own.
Tom was educated in the Saco school system and attended Thornton Academy. Tom went on to complete his Bachelor’s Degree in Technology Management, attending college in Las Vegas and finishing his degree at USM.[SH1] Tom was a proud member of his community. As a child, he often volunteered with the Knights of Columbus fraternal order for church dinners. It was here that he found his passion for volunteering and cooking. Tom was an incredible cook; he often watched the Food Network and followed new and upcoming folks that inspired him on You Tube for inspiration. What he plated would be breathtaking and delicious; meat dishes that would leave Chef Ramsay speechless.
Tom was a proud Veteran in the United States Army Reserves, he completed his training and reserve time in 2011. Shortly after, Tom decided that he needed to do more for the people in his community. He later joined the Center for Grieving Children in Sanford. It was here that Tom found his true calling. He wanted to make a difference to these children, just by offering them a shoulder to lean on and someone who would just be there with them in their grief. He knew that when it came to loss in childhood, the most important thing an adult could do was listen.
Tom knew the importance of community after watching Biddeford as a whole struggle, between poor landlords and poor tenants. He knew that his compassion and words of wisdom could encourage real growth over the town he loved so dearly. He joined the Biddeford Landlord Association, where he insisted on fair treatment of tenants and respect for homeowners. Tom was in the middle of trying to start his own business as a Home Inspector before he got sick. Tom was a Project Manager for a couple of big construction companies in the area. He supervised and was very proud of the Augusta Veteran’s Neighborhood Project and the Oxford Hannaford’s.
When Tom wasn’t pushing for positive change in his community and those surrounding, he was a dedicated friend and member of his family. Tom enjoyed Friday night fish fries and going to get his morning coffee with his father. Every Monday night would be his boys’ night, where he would meet his buddies at the Run of the Mill to watch hockey. Tom enjoyed many activities with his friends to include flag football Sundays, traveling to Massachusetts for the weekend for college football, was a big fan of the Mariner’s and attended many of their games, Bruins, etc. He also enjoyed attending bootcamps with his friends. Tom enjoyed being around his family (one of the most important things to him), fishing, golfing, taking long rides with Steph to try new or interesting restaurants or wineries.
Tom was a man who was loved by all who knew him, but there were a few people who stood out above the crowd. He is survived by his father and step-mother, Leslie and Theresa MacKenzie; his girlfriend, Stephanie Harmon; her mother, Carla Harmon; his grandmother, Blanche Ryan; his Uncle, Dick Ryan and his family; his aunt and uncle John and Doris Binette; his siblings and their spouses, Scott MacKenzie, Monica and Michael Johnson, Roger Moreau, Randy Moreau & Debbie, Miranda and Michael Wyatt; Matt and Marie Harmon, Molly Harmon, Annie Connolly, Anne Connolly; his friends, Andy, Jess, Charlie, Steven, Gary, Nick, Rick, Mike, Gina and so many others. In the last year and half, Tom developed a very special relationship with his 3 year old niece Emma.
A Public Memorial Service for Thomas are to be held on Monday, January 11, 2021 from 5-7. Starting at 6pm will be an hour of open mic to share memories and stories. The family of Tom is insisting that we protect each other during the COVID-19 crisis that we all follow the regulations in place to prevent the spread of this catastrophic disease, therefore those who are immunocompromised or suspect that they have been exposed are invited to be a part of the evening through our virtual service option listed below.
There will be a celebration of life at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Center for Grieving Children by contacting Annual Tommy’s Fund manager Andy Burgess via email email@example.com
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Event Date: Jan 11th, 2021
Event Time: 4:00pm eastern
Location: Hope Memorial chapel
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