John McKenna

John McKenna

Thursday, February 20th, 1941 Tuesday, June 16th, 2020

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Obituary for John Joseph "Jack" McKenna

Swansea - John J. “Jack” McKenna, 79, of Swansea, died Tuesday June 16 2020 at R.I. Hospital.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Paula (Janson) McKenna

Jack was born in Providence, the son of the late John and Margaret (Sandstrom) McKenna.

He was employed as a mechanic, welder and rigger at the Brayton Point Power Plant for over 30 years before retiring.

He was a proud Veteran of the United States Marine Corps.
Jack has lived in Swansea since 1998 coming from Bristol, RI

He was a member at the Hidden Hollow Golf Course, and an avid fisherman of the outer Cape and Elizabeth Islands.

Jack coordinated the holiday food drive for injured employees when he was at Brayton Point. After retiring he found a new passion for building stone walls.

Jack is survived by his sons John J. “Rocky” McKenna Jr and his wife Pamela of Swansea, James P. McKenna and his wife Kristine of Somerset, and the late William D. McKenna

Jack was the grandfather of Jason, Emily, Ethan, James, Nicholas and Brooke, all of whom he adored greatly.

He was the brother of the late Madeline Girard, Theresa Pennacchini, Dorothy Fallon, Sabina Duffy and Gertrude Rodgers.

Jack will be laid to rest at the Veteran’s Cemetery, RI at a private graveside service. Calling hours are omitted.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to The Wounded Worrier Project , PO Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516

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    June 23, 2020 |
    Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery
    301 South County Trail
    Exeter, Rhode Island
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    June 23, 2020

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Linda Gouveia

Paula, we are so saddened to hear this news. Our deepest condolences to you and your family. We have wonderful memories of our summer cookouts with you and Jack. May he Rest In Peace. 🙏❤️
Comment | Posted at 09:03pm via Condolence

John farrell

Paula and family I was truly sad to hear that jack pass. He was a great guy he would do any thing for anyone. Had a lot of good times working and fishing with him he will be miss. John farrell
Comment | Posted at 11:14am via Condolence

Sharkey Mathieu

To Rocky / Jim / The McKenna Family
My Thoughts and Prayers go out to Your Father and Entire McKenna's Family and Friends.
So So Sorry For Your Loss
We had a a lot fun times. Great Guy
Sharkey Mathieu
Comment | Posted at 11:02pm via Condolence


To the family, Jack was always fun to be with. I am sure he will be greatly missed by you and his friends. God bless you all Teddy
Comment | Posted at 06:55pm via Condolence

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