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Comments left in the online books of condolence for Councillor Luke Mackenzie, Mayor of Basildon Borough Council

"Luke you were one of the nicest and kindest people I ever met. My thoughts condolences go out to your family and friends at this sad time." 

"Luke recruited me into politics. We were in our 20s and full of hopes and aspirations. He took me under his wing, brought me along to events, introduced me to people. We had so many good times. My political career, such as it is, I owe to him. 

He was an exemplary public servant, a distinguished Mayor and councillor, but above all he was a great friend. I shall never forget his kindest, his generosity of spirit, and his inexhaustible good humour.

I shall miss him more than I can say and I send his family my most sincere condolences."

"Dear Heavenly Luke, I miss you deeply and I wish for your family to know that you left a great legacy. You were a balanced person, and as a man you championed the right thing. The manner of your achievements inspired me - I never to told you but I think you may have felt it. We are continuing in your wishes, to keep going and do right. May God bless you, Amen."

"I was very sad indeed to hear the news about Cllr Luke Mackenzie and send my heartfelt condolences to his family and those he worked with. With very best wishes Jennifer (HM Lord-Lieutenant of Essex)"

"Luke we only ever met 3 times once in Brighton for a night out and twice to do with work The Christmas Lights switch on and Pride. Each time I really enjoyed spending the time with you, you were such a lovely guy and I'm sad it won't happen anymore. I hope you find eternal peace now. My thoughts and love go to all of your close friends and family"

"You were one of the kindest people in a place of authority, and you will be greatly missed by everyone whose path you have crossed. Rest in peace Luke. Our thoughts are with your family at this very sad time. Jacqui & The Team BHR87.7fm (Basildon Hospital Radio)"

"Councillor Luke Mackenzie, it was a pleasure working with you for the short time i did, you were passionate about your job and your role as the Mayor of Basildon Council. It is very sad to hear about your passing and I pray your family, friends, loved ones and colleagues are comforted at this very difficult time and hold on to the cherished moments they had with you. May your soul rest in peace. Adieu !!!

"Thank you for your support over the years and thank you for being such a good friend."

"Condolences to his family and his loved ones"

"What a man, rest in peace, too young to die, you will always remember fondly."

"Words cannot express how sad I feel , the count will never be the same. My condolences to your family, rest in peace x"

"Thank you for your Public Service"

"As High Sheriff of Essex, I am deeply saddened to learn of the death of Cllr Luke Mackenzie. In my interactions with him he came across as a quiet but thoughtful man and I am certain he will be sorely missed by his family, friends and colleagues."

"Our son was awarded a Jack Petchey award at the end of 2023, where the mayor gave a speech. He joined with a message of praise for the young people of the local area, which I wholeheartedly agreed with. As a child, Basildon gave my family a home in 1978, when we faced homelessness and that opportunity has done nothing but good things for me. Now as a teacher of 23 years I am proud to work in the community that nurtured me. My thoughts are with Mayor Mackenzie's family and those close to him."

"I was so sad to hear of the passing of my colleague Luke Luke was an amazing person and always interested in the community always gave time to people and will be missed dearly by us all xx"

"May your years of service and dedication leave a lasting legacy for the communities you served, RIP."

"With sincere condolences to Luke's Family at the news of his sad passing. Luke was a fantastic Mayor, President and friend of Twinning. We will miss him greatly and thank him for all his years of service to the Basildon Community. Rest in Peace Luke"

"This is extremely sad news, sending my condolences to Luke's family and friends."

"It goes without saying that I was in shock and total unbelief at the news of your passing on. of The Mayor of Basildon, Cllr. Luke MacKenzie you were a friend, colleague, great politician and example for the next generation of politicians both young and old. As our youngest Mayor of Basildon Borough, I am an honoured to have had the opportunity to serve our borough as your deputy mayor. Luke, you achieved a lot in life and to me you are an icon and great example to us all. Your diverse attributes are one that everyone can learn from. I will for sure continue to remember you for your training and support in office. Campaigning and serving the community was a passion we both shared. You were kind, fair and very focussed which believe contributed to your success. You are definately missed. I pray that the Lord continues to comfort your parents, family, friends and colleagues in this period. The Mayor of Basildon, Cllr. Luke MacKenzie, May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace (Amen)."

"Thank you for all your support, I was lucky to meet you through my work at Signpost, you were kind and listen to all of us, you left too early but you won't be forgotten.You touched a lot of people and you definitely inspired me to make our comunity better. Thank you Luke RIP ."

"Dear friend Words cannot express how much you are missed, we only knew you for a short period but we will forever keep you in our hearts and thoughts. Thank you for being by our side and for all the support you gave us all, may you find peace in heaven. May god rest you soul in peace, all our thoughts are with your family who should be very proud to have had a son as wonderful as you. All our love and respects. Maz Mothers kitchen community group Ozzy Mothers kitchen Neil and Claire Mothers kitchen community and youth club"

"What a wonderful man. Very sad indeed. RIP Luke."

"An expression of my condolences on the passing of His Worshipful Mayor Luke McKenzie. I express my sincerest condolences and join our community in expressing our great sadness on the announcement today of the passing of Mayor Luke McKenzie. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time. Luke's dedication and service to his community was truly remarkable. I am grateful to have known Luke and worked alongside him. He was not only a true professional, but a kind and generous man who always had time for others. David Dadds JP Past Mayor of Basildon Borough."

"The passing of Cllr Luke Mackenzie is truly awful news. Luke was a bright colleague and warm human being. His life has been tragically cut short. But what Luke had he gave to Basildon. Basildon doesn't have enough advocates but Luke did the work of several, as a councillor and as Mayor, he championed his hometown. His passing is a true loss to Basildon, his family, friends and colleagues. My condolences go to them all at this difficult time. Cllr Ross Playle - Essex County Council"

"Luke, you will surely be missed. Rest in Peace Amen"

"Edmund Mathey - Deputy Mayor of Heiligenhaus Council, Germany (Twinned with Basildon) I am very sad hearing this. I have met Luke last year in summer in Basildon as a representative of partnertown Heiligenhaus in my position as deputy mayor. Luke was a friend to me .Please pass my condolences to his family, friends and all people of Basildon!"

"I met Luke Mackenzie in Lochnagar at the annual gathering in July. He was...very committed, very dynamic, always smiling and so friendly. The news of his passing affected my husband and me greatly. In this painful ordeal, we are thinking of you very much. With our loving thoughts. Courage, Emmanuelle and André Moukhine-Fortier Meaux, France"

"I was so sorry to learn of this devastating and tragic news. I served with Luke on Essex County Council. He was a lovely and kind person, who cared deeply about his community which he demonstrated through his commitment to public service. I have very happy memories of attending a conference with him in 2021 where I got to know him better, he was such great fun. My thoughts are with his family and friends at this very sad time. RIP Luke, gone way too soon."

"Death of Mayor of Basildon, twinned with Meaux, France for more than 3o years. We are deeply saddened to hear of the brutal passing of Luke Mackenzie, Mayor of Basildon. I wanted to send my deepest condolences to his family & relatives and assure our friends in Basildon of my heartfelt feelings"

"Luke you are a calm , hardworking and fine gentleman dedicated to the service of your community through multiple channels. Your legacies will not be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends and communities you left behind. Rest in peace . Amen"

"So sorry to hear of the passing of Luke Mackenzie. Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time."

"Very sad news that Luke Mackenzie has died. My condolences to his family and friends. I will miss him at Essex County Council."

"Luke was a respected colleague at Essex County Council and will be much missed"

"Luke you will be missed by all of your friends, such a loss at a young age both to the community and the Councils you served diligently. RIP."

"R.I.P Luke it was an honour to work with you at ECC, you will be sadly missed"

"It was a pleasure to know you, and to work with you, Luke. You will be greatly missed by all."

"I enjoyed being in your company on the occasions that we met, a nicer man there never was and you will be missed by everyone that had the privilege of meeting and knowing you - rest in peace Luke. x"

"with deepest sympathy for the sad and untimely passing of Luke, a fine young man, wishing his family, friends and colleagues comfort and courage to face the days ahead"

"I only met Luke once, completely randomly through a friend at a Balliol dinner. But he was the absolute best of what local representatives who care deeply about where they come from can be. It's a tragedy British politics will never get to see more of him."

"To my best friend , there is not enough words to tell you how much I love n miss u , how honoured I am to be one of your best friends and a uncle to my boys , I feel so empty and numb , I miss u so much but love u even more , , you brought so much happiness to our lives and memories that will last forever it will never be the same , I will miss ur hearing your voice ,and seeing your face I'll even miss your pranks ,I will miss u not being there always no matter what u made us smile and laugh especially with ur amazing dance moves ,your always be the shot's king hold a special place in my heart always ,we promise to keep ur spirit alive , I love u with all my heart sweet dreams bestie , save me a seat this is not goodbye just I'll see you when I get there love u Luke forever and always xxx"

"Dear Luke, you will be missed by all. I had the honour and privilege being one of your closest friends. We first met when we were 3 and from there our friendship grew. You have been a big part of my life. As child you were always there by my side. You would always stand up for me against the bullies. You accepted me for who I was. I have so many memories that I will always remember. I will tell my baby girl all about you. It's a shame you never got to meet her. Rest in peace my friend. Taken from this world too early. However, in the life you have had in this world you have touched many hearts, made many friends and lived your life to the full. Take care mate. See you on the other side. You won't be forgotten"

"Nicest man I've ever met, that's why I was proud to call you one of my best friends love and miss you so much Luke. Your memories will stick with me to the end xxxx"

"Thinking of you all at such a sad time"

"Sleep tight Luke you will be missed by so many. I'll never forget you from showing me a Gameboy for the first time to jumping in the port at Portugal love you cuz"

"From everyone at Essex Chambers of Commerce, we would like to express our deepest sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues of Cllr Luke Mackenzie. He will be a much-missed presence in the council and local community."

"On behalf of the London Borough of Havering I send my deepest sympathy to the family of Cllr Luke Mackenzie, Mayor of Basildon Borough Council. So young to die, so cruel an illness our prayers and thoughts are with you all Sincerely Stephanie Mayor of Havering"

"Luke, thank you for all the happy and fond memories that we shared together over the years. When we met in 6th form, you were always talking politics so it came as no surprise to me when I heard that you had become Mayor of Basildon, I'm sure that you made your family so proud. Rest in peace Luke, you will always be remembered for the kind, funny person that you were xxx"

"Luke, taken too soon, but your legacy to Basildon will always remain. Thinking of your family and friends at this very sad time, may you rest in peace x"

"I am deeply sorry for your loss. Luke was an incredible person who will be greatly missed."

"Pitsea Over 50 Activity Centre would like to send our condolences and thank him for all of his support over the years."

"Luke, It was a pleasure to know you and work with you. Thinking of your family and friends at this sad time, rest in peace."

"We have known Luke a very long time , through our cousin , he is very nice person not just did we meet through a family member he also helped me with issues & spoke to the relevant departments he was very caring and passionate about his job! Rest in peace Luke  xxxx"

"It was so sad to hear of Luke's passing - way too soon. My thoughts and prayers are with his family."

"As Commander Colchester Garrison I had the privilege to get to know and work with Luke Mackenzie - Mayor of Basildon. Luke was a huge supporter of the Armed Forces community, many of whom reside across Basildon and his ward in Pitsea South East. He took immeasurable pride and the time to understand the needs of this part of his local community to ensure he was able to support them and managed this so adeptly alongside his many other duties. I will never forget the 2023 Basildon Armed Forces Day Parade and celebration where we stood shoulder to shoulder for the Salute and enjoyed the warmest of welcomes for the Armed Forces from the people of Basildon. On behalf of everyone from Colchester Garrison I offer my deepest condolences to Luke's family. He will be greatly missed and my sincere thanks for everything he has done."

"Thank you for all the work you did in the Borough. Rest in peace young man."

"Luke was an outstanding councillor and Mayor. He will be greatly missed by all of us. My condolences to his family, friends, fellow councillors and people of Basildon. Rest in peace Mr Mayor"

"Luke my amazing, funny nephew, I am truly heartbroken that you have been taken away from us. You had such insights to many different subjects and were great at debating, but most of all you were kind, selfless and really cared about people, especially your friends and family, (and motorbikes) you made your Nanny Mack so proud and she even converted from a life long Labour voter to conservative! Whatever is on the otherside, I'm sure she was waiting for you. I will love and miss you until we meet again.. love nutty auntie Tina xxxx"

"Dear (Mayor Mackenzie) It is with deep sadness that I learned of the passing of Mayor Luke Mackenzie. Please accept my heartfelt condolences ... during this difficult time. Mayor Mackenzie's dedication and service to the people of Basildon, particularly as the ward member for Pitsea South East, leave an indelible mark on the community. His unwavering commitment to public service and tireless efforts to improve the lives of others will be remembered fondly by all who had the privilege of knowing him. During his tenure, Mayor Mackenzie exhibited exemplary leadership, compassion, and integrity, earning the respect and admiration of his constituents and colleagues alike. His legacy will endure through the countless lives he touched and the positive changes he brought about in our community. As we mourn the loss of a remarkable leader and advocate, may we find solace in the cherished memories we shared with Mayor Mackenzie and draw strength from his enduring legacy of service and dedication. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you, Mayor Mackenzie's family, friends, and colleagues during this challenging time. May you find comfort and support in the outpouring of love and sympathy from those whose lives he touched. With deepest sympathy, (Sohidur Rahman) (Pitsea residence) The Willows Ss13"

"As Chairman I have met Luke on civic occasions, I found him to be a charming and welcoming person. He will be sadly missed at such a young age."

"Dear (Mayor Mackenzie) I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Luke Mackenzie, Mayor of Basildon and ward member for Pitsea South East. Please accept my heartfelt condolences on this profound loss. Luke's dedication and service to the community of Basildon will be remembered fondly by all who had the privilege of knowing him. His leadership, compassion, and tireless efforts in bettering the lives of others have left an indelible mark on our hearts and our community. During this difficult time, may you find solace in cherished memories and the knowledge that Luke's legacy will continue to inspire and uplift those around him. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you, his loved ones, and the entire community of Basildon as you navigate through this period of mourning. With deepest sympathy, (Zak)"

"How sad to hear of the passing of Luke. We are thinking of his parents and family. x"

"Thank you, Luke, for all the great work you did for the community. I remember visiting you when you were first born. Love and condolences to the family, from Julia Stannard x"

"I first met Luke through Yoga such a gentle soul always had time to stay awhile and chat mostly about yoga and his love of motorbikes you always knew when Luke was in the building there would be this great big bike with an equally big chain attached taking up pride of place in front of the building. RIP Luke such a beautiful person"

"I am very shocked and saddened to hear this news. My thoughts and best wishes go Luke's family at this difficult time."

"Luke worked in my team for a few years around 2015/16. I am so sorry to hear about his loss far too soon. Luke was so unique with such character. I found him fun and funny. I felt he had a non-conformist streak and he liked to surprise and challenge. But I also found him very supportive, sweet and caring. I haven't seen him for several years but I have such fondness when I remember. His contribution and commitment to local politics from such a young age is commendable. My sympathies to all Luke's family and friends."

"Luke was a very good personality, a good example of a Mayor of the town and a very good President of Basildon Borough Twinning who helped Ukranians with humanitarian aid. We are very thankful to him. I express our condolences and the part of all Ukranians who live in the Basildon community and in Borodyanka."

"Very saddened to hear of Luke's passing. He was a school friend and a genuinely nice guy. Condolences to all Luke's family, friends and colleagues, rest in peace Luke xx"

"Cllr Luke Mackenzie was a wonderful Councillor and a lovely man. He will be much missed and my thoughts are with his family and friends. Lesley Wagland"

"I am deeply saddened to hear about the untimely passing of Luke, one of our youngest County Councillors. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family, friends and colleagues in this incredibly difficult time. Luke will be remembered for his dedication and unwavering commitment to his community. May he rest in peace."

"Even though I haven't seen or spoke to you in a while Luke, I was so saddened to hear of your passing. Thinking back to our time in the CF you really was the one to make everyone laugh and smile. You were such a kind sole who was always there to help others. Thinking of your family and close friends at this time. May you RIP xx"

"Luke, you will be sadly missed by all your colleagues at Essex County Council. You were an excellent councillor, conscientious, understanding and just a great person. You have been taken from us all far too soon. You will be missed my friend."

"We offer our deepest sympathy and condolences to Luke's family and friends at such a sad and sudden time, RIP Luke."

"Thank you for all the memories Luke, you were truly one of a kind and will never be forgotten by so many, every memory of you makes me smile, a true testament to the wonderful person you were. I'm sorry you never convinced me to join politics with you but I'm so glad you continued and achieved so much! I'm still in complete shock you are gone, taken far too soon!"