Douglas 'Suds' McKenzie, business owner

Douglas “Suds” McKenzie, 69, longtime former Ridgefielder, died on Oct. 12.

He was predeceased by his parents, Gordon and Julie McKenzie. He moved to Ridgefield with his mother in the early 1950s. He was a member of the Ridgefield High School Class of 1964 and lived in Longs, S.C.

After high school, McKenzie served in the United States Army as a electrical generator instructor. After his discharge, as a sergeant, he trained and became a draftsman. He was a journeymen draftsman and worked for various area companies including Perkin Elmer.

He was an avid cook and designed and sold his own ravioli rolling pin for home use.

He had a house washing business for many years which earned him the nickname, “Suds.” He closed his business around 2005 and moved to Longs.

He is survived by his cousins, Allan Tiburzi of Jupiter, Fla., and Bonnie Tiburzi Caputo of New York City.

A memorial service was held at Lee Funeral Home in Little River, S.C. on Oct. 19 and he was buried at the National Cemetery in Florence S. C. with full military honors.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

—by the staff