Member of WJC Executive Committee Passes Suddenly

  •   Adiese A. Jonas-Murphy, Associate Communication Director
  •  Thursday, August 22, 2019
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Elder Dalton McKenzie, First Elder of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Haughton Court, in Kingsvale, Hanover accepting his Certificate of Appreciation from Dr. Astor Bowers. | PHOTO CREDITS:  File

The West Jamaica Conference has been plunged into mourning from news of the passing of a member of its Executive Committee, Elder Dalton McKenzie. McKenzie died suddenly in the Falmouth Hospital on Tuesday August 20, 2019, after a brief period of illness.

The news sent shockwaves across the Constituency, as many learned of his illness only after his death. McKenzie who was a Building Contractor by trade, was last spotted on the West Jamaica Conference property on Thursday August 15, 2019, attending to a building project currently being undertaken by the Conference Administration.

“Dalton’s death comes as a shock almost too unbelievable to accept” said Pastor Glen Samuels, President of the West Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. “He had such commendable commitment to the cause of Christ, unquestionable commitment to God and to his church, planning his own involvement in Evangelism. His death not only comes as a shock, but as a painful and powerful reminder of the fragility of our own mortality” he ended.

McKenzie who also served as PTA President of the Harrison Memorial Preparatory School will long be remembered for his outstanding contribution to the school.

“The sudden passing of a dear friend, parent and PTA President of Harrison Memorial Prep School is an irreplaceable loss” said Principal of the School, Mrs. Joan Brevitt. “His memory will however live on with us. We really loved him, but God knows everything best for his children” she stated.

McKenzie was also the First Elder of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Haughton Court, in Kingsvale, Hanover. His unwavering commitment to the cause of God could be seen each week at church as he not only interacted with the brethren, but provided Spiritual nurturing and care. His death comes as a significant loss to the Dias District of Seventh-day Adventist Churches, of which the Haughton Court Church is a part.

“The entire district is mourning the loss” said Pastor Christopher Johnson who serves as District Pastor for the Dias District of Seventh-day Adventist Churches. “McKenzie contributed significantly to the building of the church. The original name of the Haughton Court church was ‘Wood Church,’ but Dalton was very instrumental in its name change to Haughton Court and even in seeing the congregation receive its status as a ‘church.’ He has served the Riverside and Haughton Court congregations cumulatively for over 20 years. We will greatly miss him” he ended.

McKenzie’s trade as Building Contractor also landed him a position on the Conference’s Building Committee, a position he held with pride and dedication for years.

"He was more than just a Committee member to me” said Bryce Grant, Chief Engineering Officer for the St. James Parish Council and Member of both the Conference Building Committee & Executive Committee. “We were at Executive Committee Meeting together last Tuesday. I left the island the following day and I remember us discussing some matters on the current building project taking place at the Conference. When I returned, I heard he had a stroke. It was shocking, it took me off my feet. But then, I heard that he was improving… the next thing I heard was that he was dead. I am still in disbelief” he said.

The Conference Administration solicits your prayers on behalf of his family. McKenzie has left behind to mourn his wife and two children.

Funeral arrangements will be announced as soon as the details are forth coming.  


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