The Northwoods League is deeply saddened to announce the passing of umpire Conor McKenzie in a tragic car accident. Conor, who had umpired the most games in Northwoods League history, was highly respected and admired within the league and its community. The entire league extends its heartfelt condolences to Conor’s family, friends, and colleagues during this incredibly difficult time. The other two umpires traveling with Conor are currently in stable condition.
Who is Conor McKenzie?
Conor McKenzie was known for his professionalism, dedication, and love for the game of baseball. Since joining the Northwoods League in 2019, he quickly became an integral part of the umpiring crew and had a lasting impact on players, coaches, and fans. Over his four previous seasons in the league, Conor officiated nearly 350 Northwoods League games, including all-star games and postseason matches.
Northwoods League Chairman Dick Radatz, Jr. described Conor as an exceptional umpire and an even better person, highlighting his unparalleled dedication to the game. Conor’s passion, knowledge, and integrity made him highly respected by everyone he worked with. His positive attitude and enthusiasm created a vibrant atmosphere on the field.
Larry Rose, the Northwoods League Umpire Supervisor, fondly remembered Conor as an amazing man with a heart of gold and an unmatched zest for life. He emphasized Conor’s love for umpiring and his exceptional skills in the role. The league mourns not only the loss of an umpire but also a beloved member of their family.
To honor Conor’s memory, a moment of silence will be observed before tomorrow night’s games, allowing players, coaches, and fans to pay their respects.
Conor McKenzie Obituary and Funeral Service
The Madison Mallards organization also extends its deepest condolences to Conor McKenzie’s family and friends. Mallards Manager Donnie Scott, who had the privilege of working with Conor for five years in the Northwoods League, spoke highly of his professionalism and described him as a true professional who always brought a sense of fun to the games. Donnie Scott expressed his sadness and conveyed his gratitude for Conor’s contributions. Rest in peace, Conor.