Thomas W. McKenzie of East Orleans, formerly of Westwood and Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and Cornwall, Conn., died on Jan. 6. He was 66.

Tom was born on Jan. 2, 1949 the son of the late John F. McKenzie and Florence Boone McKenzie. He was a graduate of Westwood High School, Quincy Junior College and attended Northeastern University. Tom also served his country as a member of the U.S. Army Reserves. As the son of one of the founding members of the Roving Royal Ladies Cruising Club, he developed an early love and appreciation of the water, which led him to one of his careers as a yacht captain. He served over the years as captain of the yachts Water Gremlin, Impetuous, Washuanks, Riviera and the yacht Skudder. In his other career in the hospitality business, he was the former owner of the Cornwall Inn in Cornwall, Conn., and The Gathering, HG Roosters and Fiddlestix, all in Florida. In addition, he served as a consultant for a number of hospitality-related ventures. Those that knew him know that Tom touched the lives of many people during his careers, both on the water and in the hospitality business.

Tom is survived by his brother James and his wife Linda of Medfield and several cousins.

Donations in Tom’s memory will be very much appreciated and may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd street, New York, NY 10016, or at

A funeral service was held Monday, Jan. 12. Interment was at the McKenzie family plot at Blue Hills Cemetery in Braintree. Visit for information.