Death of Ponoka businessman a shock to the community

The tragic death of Colin Mackenzie, businessman and owner of Mackenzie’s No Frills has sent ripples of sadness to those that knew him.

The sudden death of Colin Mackenzie

The tragic death of Colin Mackenzie, businessman and owner of Mackenzie’s No Frills has sent ripples of sadness to those that knew him.

Mackenzie was involved in a sports activity in Ponoka Tuesday, Dec. 8 when it is believed an accident sent him into a coma. STARS Air Ambulance was called in for Mackenzie to be transported to the University of Alberta hospital in Edmonton. Mackenzie succumbed to his injuries two short days later leaving family and friends in shock.

Jim Hamilton, president of the Ponoka and District Chamber of Commerce said the community had lost a major advocate for Ponoka. Ever since Mackenzie and his wife Patsy opened No Frills in 2013, the couple have been heavily involved in the community with sponsorship of many community events, active in the chamber and supportive of community groups including the breakfast program at Ponoka Secondary Campus.

“He has been very front and centre,” said Hamilton.

Mackenzie is survived by his wife Patsy and sons Scott and Thomas. A memorial service is being held today at McInnis and Holloway in Calgary.

In his obituary, the family thanks family and friends for their support. A tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park in Calgary in memory of Mackenzie.

Tributes can be addressed directly to Ponoka Boys and Girls Club at 1-844-477-7272 or via email at or the Canadian Children’s Brain Cancer Foundation at


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