James M. Mckenna Obituary 2024

## In Memoriam: James M. McKenna (1948-2023)

Personal Life and Early Career

James M. McKenna was born on April 20, 1948, in Leominster, Massachusetts, to the late Willis and Florence (Gionet) McKenna. After graduating from Ayer High School, he was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served his country honorably during the Vietnam War.

Professional Journey

Upon his return from military service, James embarked on a long and dedicated career in the paper industry. He spent over 37 years working for the James River Paper Co. in Pepperell, Massachusetts, until its closing. He later found fulfillment as part of the maintenance and crossing guard staff at Varnum Brook Elementary School, where he enjoyed interacting with students and contributing to his community.

Military Service

James proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. His unwavering patriotism and dedication to his country earned him the respect and admiration of his fellow soldiers.

Hobbies and Passions

Outside of his work and military service, James was an avid sports fan, cheering on his beloved Red Sox and Cleveland Browns. He relished the thrill of trout fishing, the serenity of beach outings, and the warmth of Florida vacations. Above all, he cherished time spent with his family, creating countless memories that they will forever hold dear.

Surviving Family Members

James leaves behind a loving family who will miss him dearly:

* Children: Katy McKenna and Ben Noyes, Timothy McKenna and Amy, Emily McKenna and James Leonardi
* Wife: Paula (Keane) McKenna
* Grandchildren: Eileen, Colin, Reagan, Charlotte, Sylvia, Kelsey, Makayla, and Olyvia
* Siblings: Donna Soukaras Yadao, Peter McKenna, Mark McKenna, Sally Boyer and Michael Boyer
* Extended family of brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, and nephews

Celebration of Life

A celebration of James’ life will be held on Sunday, June 2nd, from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the Pepperell VFW, 55 Leighton St., Pepperell, MA 01463.

Memorial Contributions

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Clear Path for Veterans, 84 Antietam St., Devens, MA 01434.