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34 Beaver Rd
Wethersfield, CT 06109
Phone: (860) 563-9999
Fax: 860-721-6850
Eugene McKenna

Eugene J. "Gene" McKenna

Monday, November 11th, 1929 - Monday, May 13th, 2019
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Eugene “Gene” McKenna of Rocky Hill passed away May 13, 2019. Born in Newington, he was the son of the late Patrick and Mary (Connor) McKenna. He was raised in the Parkville section of Hartford, where he met lifelong friends. He moved to Rocky Hill in 1966 with his beloved wife, Elizabeth (Tracey) McKenna, and resided there his entire life. Gene attended high school at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield and received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in education from Central Connecticut State University. Gene was a teacher and counselor in the Rocky Hill school system until he retired in 1992. He cherished the life he spent with his wife, Betty. They spent time volunteering and traveling and enjoyed winters in Florida until she passed away in 2007.
Gene enjoyed spending time with immediate and extended family and cheering on his Red Sox team. His faith was the cornerstone of his life. He is survived by a son, Mark McKenna of Oakland, CA; two daughters, Elizabeth McKenna of Durham, NC, and Maura and her husband David Sullivan of Rocky Hill; three grandchildren, Callie, Kate, and Mack Sullivan; and many loving nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth “Betty” (Tracey) McKenna and his siblings Katherine Tracy, James McKenna, Tim McKenna, Mae Buckley, Sheila Harrison, Irene Smith, John McKenna and Francis McKenna.
The McKenna family wishes to thank all of the doctors, nurses and caregivers involved in Gene’s care over the years. They are also grateful for the compassionate assistance over the last few years by his dedicated caregiver, Mercy, and the Hospice workers from the Masonicare and Right at Home agencies that cared for him in his final months.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. in St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 280 Brook Street, Rocky Hill. The McKennas will greet guests at the church before Mass from 9:30 to 9:50. This will be followed by placing Gene to rest with his wife, Betty, in Rose Hill Memorial Park. In Lieu of flowers, gifts in his memory can be made to the House of Bread 1453 Main Street Hartford, CT. 06120. The Farley-Sullivan Funeral Home, Wethersfield has care of the arrangements. To extend condolences, or for further information, please visit
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, May 25th, 2019 | 9:30am - 10:00am
    Saturday, May 25th, 2019 9:30am - 10:00am
    St. Elizabeth Seton Church
    280 Brook Street
    Rocky Hill, CT 06067
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  • Service

    Saturday, May 25th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Saturday, May 25th, 2019 10:00am
    St. Elizabeth Seton Church
    280 Brook Street
    Rocky Hill, CT 06067
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Fr. George Couturier
  • Interment

    Rose Hill Memorial Park
    580 Elm St.
    Rocky Hill, CT 06067
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Donations are being accepted for: HOUSE OF BREAD INC.


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Posted at 07:28am
Please accept my condolences for the passing of Eugene. There is hope though, as the Almighty has arranged for the resurrection in the future. He promises, "... There is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous." (Acts 24:15)

I hope you find these few words comforting and provide motivation to prepare for the new world of God's making. (John 17:3)


Posted at 11:42am
My sincere condolences to the family and friends. May the promises at Revelation 21:4 bring comfort to your hearts at this difficult time.

Dick Reilly

Posted at 12:13pm
Gene McKenna was one of the kindest men we have ever known. We even named our daughter after his two daughters-Maura Elizabeth Reilly. Deepest condolences to the family. Dick and Kathy Reilly

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