McKENNA, ROBERT JAMES III of Seekonk, MA passed from this life on December 9, 2012 surrounded by his loving family. Born in Jewitt City, CT on Christmas Eve 1950, he was the son of the late Robert Jr. and Rosemarie McKenna, Reborn on August 29, 1981, the day he married his "young lady", the love of his life, Karen (Mahoney) McKenna. He was the devoted father of Tim and Katie McKenna and her fiancee Danny Sousa, and the best buddy of "Duke". He is survived by his sisters Carleen Banas, Ellen Bell, Judy Breen and by his brothers Michael McKenna and Adam Murphy. He proudly served his country as a member of the US Navy during the Vietnam War. He was a Letter Carrier for the US Postal Service for 27 years. Known by many as the "Unofficial Mayor of Seekonk", he gave back to his community by serving as President of the Seekonk Athletics Booster Club, member of the Conservation Committee, Veterans Committee, Meadows Park Committee, and the Seekonk High School & Martin School Building Committees. He also gave his time generously as both a Cub Scout and Girl Scout Leader, a Little League Coach, part of the "Big Brothers" program for over 30 years, and was an avid supporter of the Rhode Island Blood Center, donating regularly. In addition to serving his community and enriching the lives of those he loved, his hobbies included rooting for the Patriots and Red Sox (until recently), chasing pigs, and talking, endlessly, to anyone who would listen...even Republicans. His passions included spending time with his family and friends, fishing, telling and retelling stories, and complaining about politics. He was a uniquely special man who will be missed by all who knew him. He selflessly donated his body to the Brown University Medical Research Center. On Wednesday, December 12, 2012, a Memorial Mass will be held at 11am at St. Dominic's Church 1277 G.A.R Highway, Swansea, MA, and the family will receive friends from 4-8pm at Seekonk High School, 261 Arcade Ave., Seekonk, MA 02771. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory to the Seekonk Athletics Booster Club, same address.
Published in The Providence Journal on Dec. 11, 2012