In Memory of

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Gary McKenzie

In memory of Gary McKenzie, much-loved colleague and friend.

Gary McKenzie was our straight-talking London gent, well-liked and respected throughout the industry and never short of a funny quip or a holiday destination recommendation.

Gary joined Freyssinet in 2011 to work on some of the company’s most complex projects, including Gatwick Airport MSCP 6 refurbishment, London Gateway Port cathodic protection and spray concrete works and Connaught Tunnel refurbishment. He was instrumental in the development of our Southern region team and successfully led our sales activity to establish the Freyssinet and FOREVA brands in the south.

Outside of work, he enjoyed travelling, and owned a greyhound, a racehorse and was a part time poker player. ‘Hence why I am still working’, he once said.

Above all, Gary was a devoted husband and family man, and our heart-felt condolences go to his wife Lyn, his children and grandchildren.

We invite you to share your messages and memories.

Book Owner: Lynn Collinswood
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Guillaume Black

Gary, It has been such a pleasure and honour to cross paths with you for which I feel very priviledged. You have taught me a lot in our small time together. I take confort in that you truely knew how to live and shall remain an example and inspiration. You have been taken too …

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Kevin Bennett

Ah Gary, what fun we had, you teaching me all about tunnels and me your willing pupil. You gave me a tour of Connaught Tunnel, explained how you’d taken the value from a few quid for a little bit of leak sealing injection, to £Millions for wholesale rebuilding of large sections. We took a …

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Keith Moloney

Gary, you’ll always be remembered for your high spirits and ability to brighten up a room by simply walking in. Always on hand to give unique advice, not just in work but invaluable life lessons over a beer too! You knew what was important, family and friends above all else. You’ll be sadly missed …

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James Chandler

So sorry to hear this sad news. Such a genuinely nice guy with a fantatsic ability to always be glass half full.   …

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Maxime JANAUDY

Mon ami,  Some days were necessary to accept this deepest sadness, but I feel so lucky to know you and sharing a part of my life. From Gatwick to Mortlake office we spent hours together sharing site difficulties/solutions, life experiences, jokes, English meanings, typical British or French meals… I know it was not easy …

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Paul Bottomley

Gary, A life well lived….  The poems could have been written about you. It was a privilege to know you these last years  Our relationship extended beyond the many interesting projects we worked on together You quickly became more than a colleague and I respected your thoughts, benefitted from your experience, laughed at your …

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Len Lewis

RIP Gary, Jim introduced me to you within days of Makers joining the Midas Group, of which I was Chief Executive Chairman and your characteristic cockney charm, warmth and wit were welcome characteristics to me, also a Londoner born and bred.  Jim clearly had the very highest regard for you in every way, as …

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Kenneth Dykes

So sorry to lose such a great colleague and friend.  I’ve known Gary for over 30 years and it was always a pleasure both working and socialising with him.  One of the good guys who will be sorely missed.  My condolences to Lyn and family.  Rest in peace mate. …

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Deborah Lawley

Gary, It was a pleasure to know you and to have worked with you. I don’t think I ever did quite manage to keep you in line with filling in the correct forms!…But your personality and passion to “get the job done” made up for that in spades.  Thanks for all the straight talking …

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Boris

Dear Gary, It has been a pleasure and an honour to know you and to work with you. You taught me a lot about life, it is very sad to see you leaving us. Boris   …

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Phil Watkins-Smith

We have lost a good friend, a great character and all-round decent person. Gary – I thank you for your great company, your good advice, willingness to help, and your genuine desire to help colleagues suceed – and all done with humour and goodwill.We will all miss a very rare man. …

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John Barry

Gary, I can count myself truly lucky to have called you a friend and mentor. For all the advice, sharing of life lessons, countless laughter and more than occasional beverage or two we shared since I arrived in the UK – I thank you. My life is the better for having crossed your path. …

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Bertrand Robiquet

Gary, Our encounters can be counted on the fingers of one hand, but sometimes it doesn’t take more than that to leave very good memories, a pleasant, positive feeling, a reflection of a very beautiful person. I was very sad to learn of this disappearance.   All my condolences to the family, …

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Carol Jones

Gary, Whenever you were in the office or on the phone you were always cheerful and full of life, making me laugh with your stories, teaching me cockney rhyming slang, trying to convince me to eat jellied eels. I will miss our holiday chats you were like a travel agent recommending places to go. …

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Louis Michel

Gary, You will always surprise us until the very end. You have lived your life knowing there was only one to live. You used it as a playground field and you enjoyed it so much. You never took yourself too seriously and always advised to enjoy what we have in the moment. Even the …

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Darren Hickey

Gary, Our time as colleagues was all too short since my start as Ops Manager in Acton.. was shocked and saddened by the news last weekend. You leave a big hole in the team at Acton which we will do our best to fill, and keep the ship that you started sailing merrily on. …

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Laura Morris

Your infectious personality never failed to brighten our day. I will miss your visits to the Telford office, phone calls and even you dissing my strawberry Smints!!! We are all far richer for knowing you. Rest peacefully Gary. You will be missed. X …

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Koshe Patel

Gary, Cleary the life and sole of the party. Going to miss the discussions concerning the finer points of demanding customers. You and your family are in my thoughts. Rest In Peace my friend. …

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Richard Jays

Although we only met once you genuinely seemed a great guy and by the sounds of it will be missed by many! my heart felt condolences to your family, and to your family I say this… The ones we love are necer gone; they live forever within our hearts and memories. Love and thoughts …

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Jayne Burgess

Gary,  Thank you for always putting a smile on my face, whether we spoke on the telephone or when you braved the journey north to Head Office at Telford.  I will miss our conversations, mainly about sunshine holidays.  People always knew when Gary Mackenzie was in the building and it was a complete joy …

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Carlos Romo

Gary… it was not a long time I had met you, but I can say that talking to you was the perfect way to improve my “proper” English 😉 Your joy will be missed in Acton. My thoughts are with your family. Rest in peace, friend. CRD …

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Tina Hurlston

Gary – Legend!  Words cannot express how much you will be missed.  Such a kind and funny man who always took the time to talk.  A great help and support as a collegue.  You leave a hole that can’t be filled!  Love and thoughts to all your family and friends. xx …

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Dan Harrison

Gary, Nothing was too much trouble and nothing seemed to faze you. My thoughts are with your family in this difficult time. Dan …

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Clare White

Gary, you always put a smile on our faces – you’d arrive at the Telford office, claiming to have ‘altitude sickness’ from travelling so far ‘north’, telling us about your journey (using lots of four-letter words), sporting a big grin and a really good sun tan following your latest holiday adventure. You will be …

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Carmen Ganga

Gary, I haven’t got the chance to actually know you, but hearing so many great stories about you, I truly feel a deep regret in regards to the latest news. I will never get to thank you enough for offering me a start in the UK industry, you will forever remain in my memory.  …

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