World War II Army veteran

Published January 28, 2021

NORTH READING — Carlton L. McKenzie, Jr., 91, of Peabody, formerly of North Reading and Weymouth, died at his home on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021.

He was the beloved husband of the late Lois M. (Melville) McKenzie, who died this past April. Born in Weymouth on March 25, 1929, he was the son of the late Carlton L. Sr. and Hazel (Curtis) McKenzie.

Carlton was a graduate of Weymouth High School and Wentworth Institute, where he received his associate degree in drafting. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

Carlton worked in finance for General Electric in Lynn for over 40 years.

He loved relaxing with family and friends and was a great listener. Carlton’s motto was it’s not whether you get into trouble but how you get out of trouble that matters. He loved to walk the Cape Cod Canal with his best friend Lois. They are now together again.

He loved playing bridge, traveling, camping, the Red Sox and iced tea. He was an active member of the Union Congregational Church in North Reading for many years and served as treasurer for 37 years.

Family members include his loving son, Steven McKenzie of Dracut; and daughters Susan Bowden of Tyngsboro, Linda Mason of Carbondale, Colo., and Gail Kosmel of Bratislava, Slovakia; and nine grandchildren. He was the brother of the late Eleanor O’Bryan.

Funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his name to the Jimmy Fund or to the local charity of one’s choice. Arrangements are under the direction of the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow St., North Reading. To leave an online message of condolence, please visit