Robert Patrick MacKenzie of New Marlborough died Dec. 14 at home of natural causes, surrounded by his loving family.
Bob was born Feb. 14, 1952, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Pittsfield. Bob grew up on his family-owned Spruce Hill Farm in New Marlborough. Bob graduated from Mount Everett High School and then attended Berkshire Community College, eventually graduating with his bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Bob always had a tremendous work ethic. He began mowing lawns at age 12 and never stopped working throughout his life. As a teenager, Bob worked at Mal’s Mobil, Gulotta’s Mobil and Butternut ski area. While attending college, Bob owned and ran Recession Painting Company. As an adult, Bob and John Dinan of New Marlborough began building homes. Bob continued on to build over 30 homes in the Berkshires. Bob then moved to Maui, Hawaii, where his building career continued. While in Hawaii, he also ran the IAO movie theater in Kihei. Bob eventually settled in Colorado and became involved in local politics including environmental issues. Bob continued his building career in Colorado until his struggle with bipolar disorder brought him back to the Berkshires to be closer to the love and support of his family. During his time back in the Berkshires, Bob worked for Scott MacKenzie Excavating and enjoyed a peaceful life on his family farm, residing in the home where he grew up.
Bob was predeceased by his parents, Nell and Robert E. Mackenzie. He leaves his sister Kathie Loring and husband Chuck Loring of New Marlborough; sister Gail MacKenzie and husband Dana Miller of Stow; and his brother Scott MacKenzie and companion Scottie Mills, also of New Marlborough. He also leaves nieces MacKenzie and Michaela Loring, nephew Brody Miller and his aunt Helena Procopio of Pittsfiled.
There will be no calling hours; the family will have a private ceremony. Donations in Bob’s memory can be made to the New Marlborough First Responders or Fairview Hospital through FINNERTY & STEVENS FUNERAL HOME, 426 Main St., Great Barrington, MA 01230. To send remembrances to his family, visit http://www.finnertyandstevens.com.