Obituary: William Michael McKenna

 William Michael McKenna
William Michael McKenna

NAUGATUCK — Mr. William Michael McKenna, 74 of Naugatuck, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015 at the Vitas Innovative Care Unit at St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury surrounded by the love and comfort of his family after an extended illness.

Bill was born Feb. 13, 1941 in Waterbury, the son of the late Francis and Florence (Bradshaw) McKenna and was a lifelong Naugatuck resident and graduate of Naugatuck High School, Class of 1960. He proudly served his country with U.S. Navy serving as an E-4 aboard the USS Hissem during the Vietnam War Era. He spent over 30 years working as a service manager for Service Master of Waterbury and was involved with the Waterbury Civic Theater and was a parishioner of St Vincent Ferrer Church in Naugatuck. Bill enjoyed cooking for his family, especially on holidays and loved to host and entertain family and friends at his home where he would always be the life of the party.

Among his survivors are his sister, Carol Ricci and her husband, Mike, of West Haven as well as his dear friends, Sandy Mauro, Patricia Patterson, and Bob and Bonnie Gagnon in addition to many nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members.

Funeral services for Mr. McKenna will be held on Saturday, Aug. 15 2015 at St. Vincent Ferrer Church, 1006 New Haven Road, Naugatuck at 10 a.m. with a Military Honors Service in the church courtyard immediately following the service. Those who plan on attending are asked to meet directly at the church. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours. Eastside Memorial “A Casey Family Funeral Home & Tribute Center” has been entrusted to assist the family with arrangements.

Memorial Contributions in Bill’s Memory can be made to Vitas Innovative Hospice Care, 199 Park Road Ext., Middlebury, CT 06762, or Glenndale Health & Rehab, 4 Hazel Ave., Naugatuck, CT 06770.

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