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William D. McKenna

1925 - 2015 William D. "Pie" McKenna, age 89, formerly of Readsboro, VT, Rowe, MA and West Lebanon, NH, died on September 30 in Port Orange, FL. Born on November 25, 1925 to the late Edward and Aurella (Boudreau) McKenna, Bill was a proud World War II veteran, having served on the USS Vincennes in the South Pacific. Upon returning to Readsboro after the service, Bill began two endeavors that would sustain him for many years: his 41 year career with New England Power Company, and his 68 year marriage to his sweetheart, Ina (Shippee) McKenna. Together they raised five children who remain to cherish his memory and continue his life-long example of hard-work, resourcefulness and humor: Jane McKenna and her husband, Doug of Stevensville, MONT, Susan Pickering of Sudbury, VT, Bill McKenna and his wife, Cindy of Homer, AK, David McKenna and his wife, Stacia of Readsboro, VT, and Connie Crowell and her husband, Patrick of Monroe, CT. "Grandpa" was proud of his four grandchildren and will be sadly missed for his playful nature by: Molly Mitchell, Apryle Pickering and Jack and Lucas Crowell. Bill was predeceased by his brothers, Edward, Raymond and John, and by his sister, Sally Franzinelli. He lived next door to Sally for many years and was close to her and her children, Jeanne Rae, Elaine and Jim. Known as "Bill the Bike Man" at Lakeview Estates, Pie was an active man with many hobbies and interests. He served on the Board of Selectman and was Commander of American Legion Post 29 in Readsboro for many years. He also fished, hunted, bowled, played golf, horseshoes and cards, rollerskated and enjoyed snowmobiling, motorcycling, boating and fixing bicycles, as well as completing many projects at home and at his beloved camp in Whitingham. He will be remembered by friends and family for his gruff sense of humor, kindness, thrift and love of Manhattans. SERVICES: A memorial service will be held on Sunday, November 22 at 2p.m. at St. Joachim's church in Readsboro, VT. Condolence notes for his wife, Ina, may be sent to: Grace Manor, 1321 Herbert St., Port Orange, FL 32129 Donations in his memory may be made to: Veterans of Foreign Wars, 406 W34th St., Kansas City, MO 64111, vfw.org, or American Legion Post 29, P.O. Box 217, Readsboro, VT 05350
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Nov. 2, 2015
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