Michael J. McKenna, Sr. “Mickey”

December 26th, 2012

Retired Wilmington Police Detective Michael J. McKenna, Sr., fondly known as “Mickey”to his family and friends died unexpectedly on December 26, 2012, he was 78.

Mickey was born on December 5, 1934, in Boston, MA, he was the dear son of the late Francis and Helen (Butters) McKenna.  Mickey lived with his family in Winchester, MA, before they moved to Wilmington when he was a young boy.  Mickey was raised and educated in Wilmington and a graduate of Wilmington High School Class of 1953.

In December of 1953, Mickey enlisted in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.  Mickey served with the Company E Special Training Regiment during his time in the service and he was honorably discharged on March 38, 1958, returning home to Wilmington.

Mickey always had a love for the ocean, following his return from active duty he took a job with the Woods Hole Ocean Graphics on Cape Cod where he learned a lot about the ocean and its inhabitants.

In May of 1969, Mickey was appointed as a Patrolman for the Wilmington Police Department and started a long career in Police Enforcement.  Mickey worked his way up to Detective, a job he loved for many years.  Mickey retired in December of 1996 following nearly 30 years of dedicated service to the community.

Mickey will be remembered as an avid Red Sox and Bruins fan, he took in countless games at Fenway Park over the years with his kids, brothers, and friends.  He was also thrilled to see the Red Sox win the Pennant and the Bruins win the Stanley Cup in his lifetime.

In his spare time, Mickey loved to play cards, cribbage, and board games; especially chess and checkers with the grandchildren.  He also liked to go to the ocean, walk the beach, and visit his daughter and her family in Colorado where he could discover the “West” and be a “cowboy”.

Mickey will be remembered for his quiet demeanor and for his love of family, he truly enjoyed being a “Grumpy” and was very proud of his children and grandchildren.  He will be greatly missed.

Mickeyl was the beloved husband of Patricia L. (Murray), devoted father of Colleen Hennessey and her husband Thomas of Dover, Michael J. McKenna, Jr. and his wife Kristen of Wilmington, and Erin Hastedt and her husband David of Highland Ranch, CO, loving “Grumpy” of Sam and Katie Hennessey, Kaitlynne and Jason McKenna, Mason and Sofia Hastedt, dear son of the late Francis and Helen (Butters) McKenna, brother of Maureen McHugh and her husband Bozo and Terry McKenna all of Wilmington, Richard McKenna and his wife Carolyn of Andover, Susan Gauthier of Boston, and Robert McKenna of Florida.  Mickey is also survived by many aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte.62), Wilmington on Saturday, December 29th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Visiting hours Friday, December 28th from 4-8 p.m.  Memorial donations in Michael’s name may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675,


4 Entries in Guest Book for “Michael J. McKenna, Sr. “Mickey””

  1. Jim Hastedt says:

    Mick was a very special friend & person. We had some great times together at Cabelas in NE, at a working ranch in CO, at a fishing spot in WY, & searching for wild horses out West. He was a unique character & we shared many laughs, stories, & good times. I’ll miss him, yes, I will. Rest in Peace, Mick, you were a good man. I’ll carry on in your name.

  2. Patti Ann Griffin says:

    I will miss my Uncle Mickey. He was a good and kind man. I have very fond memories of him as I was growing up.

    My thoughts and prayers are with Patty, Colleen, Michael, Erin and the entire McKenna family.

    Patti Ann Griffin

  3. Maureen Barry says:

    Auntie Patty, Colleen, Michael and Erin,
    We were all so sad to hear of Uncle Mickey’s passing. Among our fondest memories are the many, many holiday dinners at your house.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Maureen, Kenny and family.

  4. Dodo Bragdon says:

    Thinking of you all, I know what you are going through.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
    Love to you all.

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