Richard Dale Mackie
Richard Dale Mackie
  • June 16, 1938 - October 31, 2017
  • Mandeville, Louisiana

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Richard Dale Mackie died on October 31, 2017 at the age of 79 in Mandeville, La. of complications from Alzheimer’s Disease. He is survived by his wife, Nina Newlin Mackie of Abita Springs, La., his daughter Mary Mackie Ramirez and her husband Robert Bradley Ramirez of Covington, La., his son Richard Glenn Mackie and his wife Tiffiny Yoder Mackie of Dallas, Tx., and by his three grandchildren, Camille Alexandra Mackie, John Prescott Mackie, and Sarah Isabelle Mackie. He was predeceased by his parents, Elton Thomas Mackie, Sr. and Thelma McCarthy Mackie Carriere, his step-father Marion Francis Carriere, and by his brother E. Thomas Mackie, Jr., all of New Orleans.

Mr. Mackie attended Metairie Park Country Day School and was graduated from Christ Episcopal School in Arden, NC. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Tulane University where he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He also received a master’s degree in electrical engineering from LSU. He was a licensed electrical engineer and worked for New Orleans Public Service, Inc., Aerospace Corporation, and with the Strategic Petroleum Reserve project through Boeing and Dyn-McDermott. He was also a retired Lt. Commander in the United States Naval Reserves.

Mr. Mackie served as a Commissioner on the St. Tammany Parish Planning & Zoning Commission, as a member of the St. Tammany Parish Waterway Safety Commission, as treasurer and board member of the Bayou Liberty Association, and as a reserve deputy in Special Operations for the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Department. He was also a past board member and Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Club of New Orleans. Mr. Mackie was a member of the Pickwick Club, Southern Yacht Club, Money Hill Country Club, Lake Toxaway Country Club in North Carolina, and several Carnival organizations. Mr. Mackie had many interests which included sailing, flying (he held a commercial pilot’s license), sharp and clay shooting, and woodworking. He enjoyed music (bluegrass, baroque, and Gilbert & Sullivan especially), traveling, collecting (and drinking) fine wine, and hiking and relaxing during summers in North Carolina. He had a lifelong gift for making new friends and retaining old ones.

The family would like to thank his devoted caregivers: Glory Thomas, Gloria Quinn, Jackie Smith and Doris Lee, as well as the nurses and staff at Beau Provence and Passages Hospice.

A memorial service will take place at 11am on Monday, November 6, 2017 at Christ Episcopal Church, 120 S. New Hampshire Street in Covington, La. with a gathering for family and friends beginning at 10am. A private burial will be held in Metairie Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please pray for the repose of his soul.