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Michael J. McKenna


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Michael J. McKenna Obituary
Michael Joseph McKenna of Pownal, VT, passed away peacefully at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in the early morning hours of January 4th in the presence of his loving family.

Mike, a retired English teacher, was born in New York City on April 23, 1927, the son of Irish immigrants. Raised in the Washington Heights neighborhood during the depression, he had endless stories of a colorful childhood in Manhattan.

Mike was a lover of many things - among them reading and writing poetry, James Joyce, Shakespeare, jazz, classical, flamenco and travelling the world and he spent his life passing this love on to his family and friends.

He is predeceased by his wife Dorothy "Rusty" McKenna, his son Mark McKenna, his daughter Maud Sugg, as well as his sister Rosemary Kelly and his brother Lawrence McKenna.

He is survived by his two daughters, Deirdre Wilson and her husband John of Pownal, VT, Amy Pearson and her husband Martin of Hoosick Falls, NY, four grandchildren, Zoe, Uel, Lydia and Patrick and two great-grandchildren Makena and Namalia. He is also survived by his sister Virginia Fernandez and numerous nephews and nieces.

Our father was a quiet, gentle and kind soul whose heart was huge and he touched many people who loved him dearly. He will be deeply missed. SERVICES: Services will be private.

If desired contributions can be made to his favorite radio station NPR @ npr.org
Published in Bennington Banner from Jan. 7 to Jan. 10, 2017
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