Created on Thursday, 11 December 2008 05:03
Last Updated on Thursday, 11 December 2008 05:03
Michael McKenna, 62, died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Warren
on December 9, 2008. He was with his wife, Catherine, and their
children, Martha and Keegan, with his daughter Kate close by. Michael
fought a valiant battle against pancreatic cancer.
Michael was born on February 9, 1946, in Baltimore, MD. The son of
Thomas and Dolores McKenna, he graduated from Richard Montgomery High
School in Rockville, MD. He was drafted and fought in the Vietnam War.
Michael had a colorful professional life which included co-owning Mr.
Henry's, a popular drinking hole in Washington, D.C. He also managed a
fuel oil company in Tupper Lake, NY, where he lived for many years.
Most recently, he created whimsical and unique funky lighting fixtures
and sculptures which can be found in homes and establishments
throughout The Valley and Vermont.
Michael was a character. He was forever kidding with children. He never
left home without his trusty Super Glue and Sharpie pen in his pocket.
He could make anything and fix anything. His phone messages were
unforgettable, his irreverence, priceless.
Michael is survived by his wife, Catherine, and their children, Keegan
and Martha of Warren, and his daughter, Kate of Potsdam, New York; his
sister Maureen Macchio and her husband Fred Macchio of Richardson,
Texas, his sister Molly Racic of Frostburg, MD, and his brother Mark
McKenna and his wife Rita; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service is planned for Sunday, December 14, 2008, at the
Round Barn in Waitsfield at 4 p.m. Guests are encouraged to write their
stories and memories about Michael for a book for Michael's children
and bring them to the service.
Carpooling would be appreciated. In lieu of flowers, donations can be
made to the Mad River Valley Community Fund, P.O. Box 353, Waitsfield,
VT 05673 or the Vermont Foodbank, Attn: Melissa Baptiewright, P.O. Box
254, South Barre, VT 05670