Robert Patrick Mackenzie, also known as “Mac”, 50, of Bayville, passed away on July 3, 2012.
Born in Red Bank, Robert grew up in Lacey and graduated from Central Regional High School in Bayville in 1981. Robert enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving his country as a Medical Specialist for 4 years. He trained at Fort Sam Houston in Texas before going to Germany and then to Kansas.
When he returned to New Jersey, Robert settled in Bayville and worked at the First National Bank in Toms River. He also worked as a mechanic at Claytons, SBA Hydraulics, American Transport and as a plumber for C&R Plumbing in Lacey Township.
After the tragedies of September 11, 2001, Robert committed to protecting his community by becoming an Armed Nuclear Security Guard for the Oyster Creek Nuclear Plant.
Robert will always be remembered as the life of the party. He was a good father, friend and a compassionate person. He had many talents and interests and enjoyed crabbing, cooking, music, computers and adventure. Robert was a student of martial arts. A real animal lover, Robert cared for many pets including dogs, cats, ferrets, exotic fish and cockatiels.
Robert’s family was always his true passion. He was always there to help anyone in need, ready with his tool box and handy knowledge of mechanics, plumbing, electrical systems- just about anything that was broken, he could fix.
Even though the last years of his life were filled with physical pain, he came to everyone’s assistance when he could. Robert was a spiritual man, ordained as a reverend for the Universal Church of Life and donated money to Veteran, Jewish and Christian charities. He was a member of the VFW, Moose and Elks Lodges.
Robert is survived by his partner in love and life, Cindy Sharpe of Bayville; their son, Dustin Sharpe of San Antonio, Texas; his mother-in-law, Mary Sharpe, of Bayville; his father and stepmother, Robert and Lorraine Mackenzie of Florida; his sisters and brothers-in-law, Kathy and Kurt Boos of Lacey; Lorene and Anthony Crisalli of Georgia; Marlene and Ben Primost of Bayville; his “foster” brothers Wayne Adams of Brick and John Kaschak of North Carolina, and his beloved German Shepherd, Tara Lynn. Robert will also be dearly remembered by his aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and other close family and friends.
Robert was predeceased by his mother and stepfather, Marlene and George Vloyanates; his aunt and uncle, Kathy and Eric Buckingham, his uncle, Maurice Patrick and his brother-in-law, Jay Sharpe.
A memorial service was held at the Layton Home for Funerals on July 6, 2012. A military burial service will be held on Monday, July 9, 2012 at Arneytown Veterans Memorial Cemetery (Province Line Rd. Wrightstown) at 11:30am.
The family will celebrate Robert's life at a picnic at 11 a.m. on July 14 in William J. Dudley Park in Bayville. All friends and family are invited.