John Thompson “Rhythm” McKenna

John Thompson “Rhythm” McKenna

Birth
Woodbury Heights, Gloucester County, New Jersey, USA
Death 30 Jan 2016 (aged 76)
Pittsgrove, Salem County, New Jersey, USA
Burial Clarksboro, Gloucester County, New Jersey, USA
Memorial ID 157702141 · View Source
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UNITED STATES NAVY VETERAN

John T. McKenna, 76, died Saturday, January 30, 2016 at his Pittsgrove home of 36 years surrounded by family.

He leaves his son, David McKenna and companion Carolyn Gaffney; daughter, Kimberly Trani and husband Frank Trani; companion, Judy Baillere; brother, E. Thomas McKenna; four granchildren, Matthew, Riley, Amy and Sean, and many close and dear friends.

Son of Edward and Grace Thompson McKenna, John was born and raised in Woodbury Heights, NJ. His football career at Woodbury High School earned him a scholarship to Western Maryland College, where he graduated in 1962.

After a year at Shell Chemical, John spent two years in the Navy followed by 4 years of teaching at Gateway and Williamstown. In 1971, he established his own business, "Pipe Engineering" in Clayton, NJ, first selling flanges then expanding to commercial greenhouses sold nationwide.

An eight and a half year survivor of prostate cancer, John spent his final years traveling, enjoying his many close friends, playing with his grandchildren, and joining a gym to stay active.

Family and Friends are invited to visit at Smith Funeral Home 47 Main Street Mantua, NJ 08051. Service to follow. Burial at Eglington Cemetery.

Published in South Jersey Times on Feb. 1, 2016


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  • Created by: Laura Phillips
  • Added: 1 Feb 2016
  • Find a Grave Memorial 157702141
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Thompson “Rhythm” McKenna (3 Nov 1939–30 Jan 2016), Find a Grave Memorial no. 157702141, citing Eglington Cemetery, Clarksboro, Gloucester County, New Jersey, USA ; Maintained by Laura Phillips (contributor 47011310) .