Leo McKenna

August 27, 1927 ~ August 26, 2019 (age 91)

Lee McKenna, born August 27, 1927, passed away peacefully at Hope Hospice in Providence, RI on Monday August 26, 2019 surrounded by family.  He was the husband of the late Constance Bilodeau McKenna.

He is survived by his 6 children: Deborah Hanna and her husband Alan of Andover, NH; Sean McKenna and his wife Wendy Heckman of Salem, NH; Tod McKenna and his wife Maria of Boston, MA; Matthew McKenna and his wife Laurel of Exeter, RI; Lisette Jenkins of Pawtucket, RI; and LeeAnn McKenna of Chatham, MA; 22 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

He was born in Pawtucket, RI, the son of the late Norbert McKenna and Martha Shannon.  He had 3 brothers- Norb, Jack and Tom, 4 sisters - Ellen, Mary, Agnes and Winnie and numerous nieces and nephews.
Lee was a WWII Navy veteran, a remodeling contractor, a skilled carpenter and a problem solver.  He loved to travel, had a great sense of humor, and a strong work ethic that was well balanced with his family life. Lee also enjoyed gardening and playing an occasional round of golf. 
A short ceremony at the RI Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Exeter will be held on September 4, 2019 at noon.  Visitation will be held Tuesday, September 3, 2019 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Manning Heffern Funeral Home, 68 Boradway, Pawtucket, RI.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hope Health (

Donations may be made to:

Hope Hospice Palliative Care of Rhode Island
1085 North Main Street, Providence RI 02904

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