Provincial Notices

Bishop Edward Mackenzie, RIP

The Right Revd Edward Mackenzie, former Bishop-Suffragan in the Diocese of Cape Town, died in California on Saturday March 14.

Bishop Mackenzie and his wife, Sylvia, moved to the United States after his retirement, where his daughter, the Revd Vanessa Mackenzie, served as rector of the Episcopal Church of the Advent in Los Angeles.

Bishop Edward, like his daughter, was ordained in the Diocese of Johannesburg, and later moved to Cape Town, where he was elected suffragan to Archbishop Desmond Tutu at a time when the original Diocese – which stretched to the Namibian border and halfway to George – decided to appoint a third suffragan.

Bishop John H. Taylor of Los Angeles visited Bishop Edward in hospital, where he was battling cancer, a few days before his death.

Bishop Taylor wrote on his Facebook page that Bishop Edward was “in good spirits under the circumstances,” telling stories of the church’s involvement in the anti-apartheid struggle. Bishop Taylor added: “While we talked, the bishop, always a pastor, kept an eye on the young man in the next bed, Carlos, to make sure he was all right. As I left, I whispered to Carlos, ‘He’s a very great man.’ Carlos smiled and said, ‘I know.’”

It is planned that after a private cremation in the USA, his ashes will be interred after a funeral service in Johannesburg.

Bishop Edward with his wife, Sylvia, and Vanessa.

13 replies on “Bishop Edward Mackenzie, RIP”

To our beloved parish priest and Bishop. May his soul R.I.P and may he rise in glory.
With his leadership we all got involved in the struggle. He married us 38 years ago at St John the Evangilist in Belgravia Road Crawford CAPE TOWN. God bless his wife and children. From the Floris Family.

A great fan of Billy Eckstine, Bishop Mackenzie was a house friend of my father when he lived in Johannesburg. Rest Well Bishop Mac.

Father MacKenzie, Bishop and Dad. Only it has been four months ago that our beloved of a man has perished, his spirit is still present.

I thank God everyday for his wonders and his miraculous and devine glory.

Thank you Father MacKenzie too! while you watch over us from the Almighty throne in Heaven.

Rest and walk well.

With everlasting love,

Paula J. Clifton


Father I have beautiful memories of you with St John’s Crawford Cape Town. May you rest in peace Father.

Hi Vanesa we are fron SA and we were looking for you all the years, we’ve serve at St Marks church Athlone and would like to hear from you

Greetings of peace Peter and Lydia. I will let my aunt know you are trying to be in touch. I have fond memories of St. Mark’s Crawford. Blessings to everyone and I am grateful to have been raised in the Anglican Church of South Africa.

I did not know that Bishop Mckenzie had passed away. He confirmed in the Parish of the Good Shepherd in Kemsington in the year 2000.

Thank you all for the beautiful messages. My grandfather was an amazing man. I think about him every day. His positive influence has made a huge impact in my life. RIP Daddy. I will love you forever ❤️🙏🏽

I got to know bishop Ted Mackenzie when he visited Kenya in 1989 alongside a team of other bishops from Anglican provinces of Africa. I was director of communications My Kenya East under then Bishop David Gitari.
Freed from the burdens of mortal life, he’s thankfully present with the Lord he loved and served in this life. May he rest well and may he watch over us and pray for us. God bless his surviving family.

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