Steven K. McKenna

September 26th, 2020

Steven K. McKenna, age 51, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at home with family and friends at his side on September 25, 2020, following a 27 year battle with cancer.

Steven was born on April 24, 1969, in Lynn, MA; he was the dear son of Ken and Pat McKenna. Steven was raised in Wilmington, he attended Wilmington Public School and went on to graduate from Shawsheen Valley Tech. High School with the Class of 1987.

Steven was an auto mechanic by trade but he could fix just about any problem with any engine he came across. He worked for many years at dealerships in both Massachusetts and Colorado.

Steven loved being outdoors; he was in his element while hiking, skiing, camping, sitting by a fire and riding his motorcycle. He was always up for a new adventure. He drove cross country a number of times, always making new friends along the way.

Steven was happiest when he was “hanging out” with family and friends. He took part in his Dart Club every week and enjoyed that as well.

Steven will be fondly remembered for his unwavering strength through his long battle with cancer; he gave it everything he had and never gave up throughout the years. He underwent numerous surgeries throughout the years and never once complained. He had the highest respect for his entire medical team and always put his trust in them, knowing they always had a plan. Steven was never without a smile regardless of the circumstances.

Steven was a devoted son, brother and uncle who loved his family unconditionally and with all his heart. He was truly a “great guy” to his family and friends and he will forever be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Steven was the cherished son of Kenneth and Patricia (Kalkanajian) McKenna of Wilmington, treasured brother of Sandy Rourke and her partner Dennis Topping of Wilmington and Susan Quinton & her husband David of St. Mary’s, GA. Loving Uncle of Zach, Olivia, Tyler, Riley, Kayla, Kristen and Keith. Dear nephew of John Kalkanajian of Danvers. Adored friend of Paula Tamara and Ali Brennan of Wakefield. Steven is also survived by many cousins and dear friends.

Family and friends gathered at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, for Visiting Hours on Monday, September 28th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial took place on Tuesday, September 29th at 10:00 a.m. in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington. Interment followed in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Masks were required to be worn while in the Funeral Home and Church.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Steven’s memory to the Sophia Gordon Cancer Center, Lahey Clinic Medical Center, 41 Mall Road, Burlington, MA 01805.


14 Entries in Guest Book for “Steven K. McKenna”

  1. Lu-Ann Pozzi says:

    Pat, Kenny, Susan and Sandy,
    Thinking of you all and sending you my deepest sympathy.
    Steve was an all around great guy and a true warrior. My childhood memories are flooded of Steve and my brothers hanging out and cause g mischief . Sending you all love, light and giant hugs in thos difficult time.

    Love Lu-Ann

  2. Chuck says:

    I have no words. My heart is broken. I will miss him terribly. Godzilla I love you. Rest in Peace my friend. I will never forget you. ????

  3. Theresa DelGrosso says:

    Dear Pat & Kenny & Family.My Prayers and Heart go out to yyyou.I have so many memories of Steven and hais Sisters a s kids.Sorry I can’t make it to the Wake or Funeraal,But I’ll be making a donation in memory of Steven.Love You Guys an dthink of you often.Out of sigt But never out of My Heart or Mind.


  4. Linda strob says:

    Steve’s family, so sorry to hear of Steve’s passing prayers going to you at this time. Mrs. Chuck as Steve always called me.

  5. Gwendolyn Bagrowski says:

    I am so sad to hear this! Rest in Peace Steve!

  6. Arthur J Hall says:

    Dear Pat & Ken & Family
    We were so saddened to hear of Steven’s passing. He was such an awesome, wonderful person! He will be greatly missed by all who knew & loved him. Always remember how happy he was to come to Maine, sleep in his tent & fish.
    Our prayers & thoughts will be with him always! We love you Steven!

  7. Michelle & George Hooper says:

    Dear Pat, Ken, Susan and Sandy,

    Our deepest condolences to your family,
    Steve was a great guy and a dear friend who’ll be missed by all that knew and loved him.

  8. Sharon says:

    No words here.
    This man was a true honest soul a great heart and struggled so long but always positive.
    Our planet lost a good man
    Prayers to his family and Paula’s family to.
    He truly was one of a kind. Love ya Stevo ??????

  9. Carol says:

    Pat and family so sorry for the loss of Steven. Pat I knew how much you lived and cared for your boy. I’m am sure he will be missed by all????????????

  10. Patricia and Ed Kenney says:

    Dear McKenna Family,
    Sorry to hear about Steven’s passing, Steven was a life long friend of my Nephew’s and will always remember Steven having a smile on his face, although We’re unable to attend the services , Please accept our heartfelt condolences

  11. Reneé Clark says:

    Mr. & Mrs. McKenna, Susan and Sandy, I’m very sorry for the loss of your son and brother. Taken too young. Sending love and prayers to you all during this sad time.

  12. John and Sylvia Harkins says:

    Dear Pat, Kenny and family, our hearts go out to you because we know the pain you are going through at this time. You will be in our heart and prayers now and in the future.
    God bless and help you through this.

  13. Pattie &Phil Fenton/Ron Knott says:

    Dear Sandy, Pat and family,
    We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your brother and son Steven
    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time.

  14. Diane Martel says:

    Dear Pat and family,
    Sending deepest condolences to you all. I hope the warmth of your happy memories of Steven help to soothe you during this difficult time.
    God bless ????
    Diane Galante Martel
    (coworker from Textron)

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