Kenneth P. McKenna, 84, of Rotterdam, NY died at home on April 1, 2021, after a hard-fought battle with pancreatic cancer. His loving wife of 54 years, Diane, was by his side. His final days were spent surrounded by family and friends.
Ken was born in Chicago, Illinois to Dennis and Grayce McKenna. He graduated from St. Mel’s HS. He was proud to serve in the US Marines Corps after high school and enjoyed the opportunity to see the world. Ken lived an adventurous life prior to having a family and entertained many with the stories of his youth.
Ken was a hardworking Schenectady business owner (Fiber Clean & Amcare) for almost 50 years. The neighbors near his storefront knew him for his generosity and kindness. He worked long hours to provide for his family, sometimes without a day off.
Ken was a man of integrity, providing an example for his children and grandchildren. He made sure that his family members knew he loved them. He believed in second chances, keeping his word, and giving the benefit of the doubt. He stayed calm in a crisis and had a way of calming those around him.
Ken was an avid reader and never left the house without a book. He had a love of gardening. He took great pride in “touring” his gardens with his family to show off the different plants and flowers that were in bloom. He was always eager to share plants and knowledge to family and friends that showed an interest in his passion.
Ken had a wonderful sense of humor and kept his family laughing, even in his final days. He maintained a playful personality and demonstrated it with his actions with children and animals alike. Ken greatly enjoyed visits with his children and grandchildren. He had a special smile that was dedicated just for them. He was fondly, yet frustratingly, known for his long goodbyes at the car.
Ken is survived by his wife, Diane and their four children Janet (Peter) Ganem, Kelly (Don) Swift, Brad (Lynn) McKenna, and Stacey (Josh) Erwell. He will be greatly missed by his grandchildren Nick, Mckenna, Sam, Camdyn, Anna, and Declan, who all affectionately referred to him as Bumpa (and occasionally Grumpa). He is also survived by his sister, Denise Omans, whom he adored. In addition, he leaves behind three nieces.
We will be forever grateful for our time spent with him and for the man that he was.
We would like to thank Dr. Su, Dr. Pezzulo, and Community Hospice for their compassion and for the wonderful treatment that Ken received while in their care.
Donations may be made to Community Hospice at 445 New Karner Rd., Albany, NY 12205.
There will be a memorial service at a later date.
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