WILLSBORO — Kelly Mark McKenna, 28, of Marmora, N.J., and formerly of Willsboro, died unexpectedly, Saturday, June 29, 2013 in Willsboro.
He was born in Plattsburgh, June 24, 1985 the son of Mark McKenna and Wanda (Wade) McKenna. Kelly grew up in Willsboro and graduated from Willsboro Central School in 2003. In high school Kelly enjoyed athletics and excelled at soccer, basketball, and baseball. After high school his passion for sports continued and he was an avid fan of the NY Giants and the NY Yankees. His true love however was spending time with his family and many friends. After moving to New Jersey, he enjoyed when his family and friends would visit. He'd roll out the red carpet and always offer his visitors the "royal treatment", introducing them to the finer things, and showing them a good time.
Kelly was currently a foreman with HRI, Inc. He took great passion and pride in his work. One of his uncles who was also a co-worker was recently quoted as saying, "Kelly was always the first on the job, and the last to leave."
Survivors include the love of his life, Gina Juliano; his mother, Wanda McKenna and companion Barry Waling of Willsboro; father, Mark McKenna of Willsboro; two brothers, Kasey McKenna of Ocean City, N.J., and Skip McKenna of Willsboro; one sister, Karly McKenna of Willsboro; "fresh air" brother, Marlon Jordan; grandmothers, Mary Wade, and Mona Cross and her husband Al; uncle, Ben McKenna and wife Anne; aunt, Mrs. Mike (Donna) McKenna; and uncles, Steve McKenna, Francis McKenna, Jeff McKenna, Jim Wade Jr., and Jeff Wade and his wife Wanda; many many cousins; and his faithful canine companion, Shady.
He was predeceased by his grandfathers, Jim Wade Sr., and Francis "Skip" McKenna; and uncle, Mike McKenna.
Calling hours will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru. A memorial service will follow at 6 p.m. at the Hamilton Funeral Home Chapel. A gathering will follow, with details to be announced at the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Kelly Mark McKenna Scholarship Fund, to be established at the Willsboro Central School.
Arrangements are in the care of the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru. To light an online candle and offer condolences in the memory of Kelly, please visit www.hamiltonfuneralhome.com 643-9055