Former Cruiseport Gloucester Trump Shuttle Manager Dies – Gloucester – Bronwen (Burhans) McKenzie, age 64, passed away on Saturday, January 11, 2020, after a brief illness. McKenzie known as Bron to her friends is a Notable Cruise Industry Death for her work as the manager on Cruiseport Gloucester on the Beauport cruise ship.
After high school, she attended Michigan State where she was a Kappa Delta sorority sister. She made lifelong friendships with her sisters and had recently met many of them at a reunion at Michigan State.
After college, she joined Eastern Airlines as a flight attendant stationed in New Jersey, but after meeting Jim she transferred to Boston where she shortly joined the management team as a flight attendant manager.
After Eastern, she joined the Trump Shuttle as base manager of flight attendants. Trump Shuttle, Inc. was an airline owned by Donald Trump from 1989 to 1992.
She was recruited by American Airlines and joined their management team and went on to become the passenger service manager and safety coordinator. She retired after 20 years with American Airlines.
Bron loved working for the airlines. She loved to travel and was able to enjoy the benefits of airline life. After retiring, Bron and Jim (retired Revere Fire Captain) purchased a 33 ft. new sailboat (Firefly). Docked at Pickering Wharf Marina in Salem, they spent 4 wonderful summers living on their boat.
They then moved to Gloucester, Massachusetts and had two more fun years on the boat. Bron became active in the Gloucester Elks and served as Lodge Secretary for seven years. Many lasting friendships were made during this time.
Bron then went to work at Cruiseport Gloucester as Manager on the Beauport cruise ship. She then went to work at the Beauport Hotel boutique where she worked until her illness. She had many friends there who were very kind during her illness.
Bron leaves her loving husband Jim, of 39 years; her mother Barbara Stoughton of Midland, Michigan; her brothers Clinton Burhans and his wife Rebecca and Michael Burhans, both of Michigan. Her uncle Jim Almsted and his wife Jan of Rochester, New York; also her brother-in-law Peter McKenzie and his wife Judy of Danvers, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Her special friends Liz and Andy Kelly and their son Andrew and his fiancé Lucia of Paisley, Scotland; Jim’s cousin Roddy and his wife Jen of Florida. She also leaves the two beloved Persian kitties that she adored with all her heart.
There are no visiting hours. Her Memorial Mass will be celebrated in Our Lady of Good Voyage Church, 142 Prospect St. Gloucester on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 11 a.m. Family and friends are cordially invited.