Joseph F MCKENZIE
January 20, 1955 – January 12, 2021
Joseph Francis (Joe) McKenzie lost his heroic battle against ALS on January 12, 2021. Joe was born to loving parents Rita and William McKenzie – both of whom preceded him in death.
In addition to his wife Vicki of 24 years, he is survived by his son Joseph Jr and puppy Scrappy; brother William McKenzie; sister Rosa (Steve) Kauffman; brother Robert (Alice Brown) McKenzie; sister Cheryl (Howard) Powell; brother Michael (Paola) McKenzie and sister Laura Waters; nieces Rebecca, Jacqueline, Alycia, Morgan, Gianna, Mariah, Kaitlyn and Angela; nephews Rick, David, Christopher, Justin, Michael, Ian, Nicholas, Thomas, and Jose; great nieces Adelynn, Evelyn, Naya Gracie; great nephews Jack, Ryan, Benjamin, Julian, Noah, Michael III.
Joe was born in Levittown, Pa and lived in Upper Darby, Drexel Hill, Malvern, Philadelphia, Paoli and Devon, Pa. Joe worked several jobs as a young man – photo salesman, bartender, television pitch man/producer, industrial controls top salesman, and safety clean technician before starting a Commercial Collections Agency - Olde City Financial. Joe continued to manage the company for many years after his ALS diagnosis – and with the assistance of his beloved wife Vicki worked right up until his passing.
Joe loved the city of Philadelphia especially the Italian Market that he frequented often. He loved to cook and there was always a pot of soup ready for all who needed to warm themselves during the Mummers Parade. His homemade apple sauce was out of this world good. His cheesesteak filets were the stuff of legends. He was the proud owner of Cadillacs and Harleys – commenting that he was fortunate to have owned more of them than any one man deserved. He had a definite fondness for bourbon and cigars. He was often heard to say “the better you plan, the luckier you get,” and “we had a plan…we executed it.”
Joe believed that we would be judged not by what we said but by what we did. He was an exceptional human being with an enormous amount of empathy and kindness - such a selfless man, mentor to many. He had a tremendous sense of humor and an unforgettable laugh. He loved his family and friends dearly and did so much to bring them together whether it be for Christmas dinners, birthday and graduation parties, family reunions, a wedding or epic pig roasts!
As the news of Joe’s passing spread numerous tributes poured in. “Passionate and wise,” “a force to be reckoned with,” “an example for us all,” “one of the best and selfless men it has been my pleasure to have known,” “always kept us laughing – will be forever missed,” “loved the time I was around him, he always wanted family around him,” “welcomed me into the family without hesitation,” “one of my favorite people on the planet.”
Joe faced ALS head-on with a strength and courage that will remain an inspiration. He sought no pity, was grateful for having lived a full life – and maintained his awesome sense of humor right up until his passing. He is sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.
An outdoor celebration of Joe’s life will be held in the Spring when family and friends can gather safely. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the ALS ASSOCIATION.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Joseph F MCKENZIE
January 16, 2021
When I first met Joe, he treated me as if I were a life long friend. When he surprised Debbie at her 60th birthday party, she was so happy to see him. It was an honor to know him. I just wish that we saw him more often than we did. Rest in heavenly peace Joe, and your family will carry your memory forever.
January 15, 2021
Those we love don't go away; they walk beside us in our hearts and memories. My memory of Joe is that he commanded a room; in a good way. His smile was so broad and he told the best stories that made you not want to get up from the table. He had passion in everything he did and wanted to share his excitement with you.
He will sorely be missed.
Jeff and Lori Mahoney
January 15, 2021
My last conversation w/Joe, in early December, explains in a nut shell, what kind of a man he was, and how I felt about him. We reminisced about some things, but for the better part of an hour, he talked about how lucky he was to have lived a good life, of how he has loved, and has been loved. Not once did I get the impression he was feeling sorry for himself. Instead, he explained how he tried to take the pressure off callers and visitors, whom he could tell, felt awkward, and didn’t know what to say to him. That was Joe, thinking about others, instead of himself, and that is how he lived his life! With much Love and Respect, rest Well, my friend!
January 14, 2021
Vicki - when Uncle Bill passed, it was a passing of the torch for who we saw as the patriarch of the McKenzie clan. He was a blessing to all of us.
Who am I going to talk politics with now?
I loved him dearly and will miss him very much.
Much love, Dianne