WINCHESTER, Va. - James "Jim" MacKenzie, agricultural consultant and farmer, died suddenly October 15, 2012 at his home in Winchester, Va. He was being treated for cancer.
Mr. MacKenzie was born in Batavia, N.Y., and brought up in nearby LeRoy, N.Y. After receiving his associate's degree from State University of N.Y. at Delhi, he farmed for many years. He was active in civic affairs, especially the JayCees. Mr. MacKenzie initiated and helped to found the LeRoy Volunteer Ambulance Corps, which continues to serve that community today.
After returning to Cornell University where he earned his bachelor's degree in horticulture and business, he worked as a fruit and vegetable specialist in the Hudson Valley. He then managed Salem Fruit Growers in Salem, Ohio, before moving to Virginia. Since 1999, Winchester has been his home and the base for the MacKenzie Ag Consulting Company, which serves grape, apple and row crop farmers. He consulted and sold chemicals for Helena Chemical Corporation. Mr. MacKenzie was an active member of Virginia Vineyard Association, Virginia State Horticultural Society and other agricultural organizations.
Survivors include his beloved wife, Marti MacKenzie, daughter, Kristin MacKenzie of Centreville, Va., son, Noel MacKenzie of Salem, Ohio, step-daughter, Laura Prichett of Baltimore, Md., and seven grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother, George MacKenzie of Webster, N.Y.; four sisters, Ann MacKenzie of Ephrata, Wash., Joan Marshall of Godfrey, Ill., Marlene Wynne of Arden, N.C. and Jeanne MacKenzie of Falls Church, Va. and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends on Saturday from 3-5 p.m. at Omps Funeral Home, Amherst Chapel.
A memorial service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday at Omps Funeral Home, Amherst Chapel with the Rev. Jeanne MacKenzie, the Rev. Joan Marshall and the Rev. David Marshall. A reception for family and friends will follow the service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Gainesboro Fire and Rescue, 221 Gainesboro Road, Winchester, Va., 22603, or American Cancer Society, 2654 Valley Avenue, Suite B, Winchester, Va. 22601.
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