John “Jack” McKenna

McKenna- Peacefully at his residence surrounded by his loving family on Friday October 13, 2023. John “Jack” Richard McKenna, age 92 years of Corunna. Loving husband of 67 years to Catharine (nee Needham). Adoring father of Gord (Linda), Jane (Dave) and Judy (David). Treasured grandfather of Caitlan, Chris, Tesla (Scott), Sarah, Nikki, Tegan and his grand dogs Lily, Bear and Quake. He was predeceased by; his parents, Lloyd and Estella (nee Boulton) McKenna and by his brother, Ronald (1926). Jack worked at Polysar from 1951 to 1990 and upon his retirement he and Catharine enjoyed travelling with friends in Canada and the US. His greatest joy was his family, especially his 6 grandchildren. Through the years Jack was very involved in his community. He was with the Sarnia Legionnaires from 1948 to 1960. He joined SO-CO-MO hockey in 1960 and was the first referee-in-chief at the Mooretown Arena. He was an elder in the Presbyterian Church of Canada and was a life member of the Lambton County Historical Society. He was inducted into the Sarnia- Lambton Sports Hall of Fame in 2001. In keeping with his wishes cremation has taken place. Friends will be received at the Knight Funeral Home, 588 St. Clair Parkway, Corunna on Wednesday October 18, 2023 from 4-6 p.m. In lieu of flowers his family would appreciate sympathy being expressed through memorial donations to the C.E.E. Hospital Auxiliary in gratitude for the excellent care given to Jack and his family while he was a patient in the acute care ward there. Messages and condolences may be left online at Knight 519-862-2845

Visitation Information

Wednesday October 18, 2021 from 4-6 p.m.


C.E.E. Hospital Auxiliary

Funeral Date

There will be no formal funeral service at this time.

28 thoughts on “John “Jack” McKenna”

  1. Bob Edith Hodgins

    Catharine and Family. So sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. He definitely had a long life. Remember all the good times and memories going forward.

  2. Catharine and Family – So sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. Many memories occur of him refereeing or at hockey games. I was thinking of him last night when I attended the awards night. His was a life well lived.

  3. Catharine and family, Sending you my condolences and love at this difficult time. May perpetual light shine upon Jack.

  4. Jack was a good friend. We always had lots to talk about when we ran into each other. This fine gentleman was so well known in the community and will be missed by so many. My sincere condolences to Jack’s family.

  5. So sorry for your loss, Catherine. Such a nice friendly man whenever he came into our hooking groups. May all your great memories help you through this difficult time.

  6. Jeff and Sue Agar

    Catherine and family: we are so sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. We send our sympathies and will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

  7. Catherine and family – I was very sorry to hear of Jack’s passing and thinking of each one of you at this sad time. I have fond memories of
    Jack when our paths would cross and he always friendly and had a smile. You and the children will have had many great times in the years together and will always be in your hearts. Take care in the days and months ahead and sending hugs to you Catherine. Sincere sympathy from Joyce (Matthews) Black.

  8. Catharine, we are so sorry to hear about Jack, he sure was one great guy. May he rest in peace. Our thought and prayers are with you and your family.

  9. Betty Anne Watson

    Dear Catharine – I was saddened to read of this lovely man’s passing. Jack will be missed by so many in the community. I will remember his warm smile and friendliness.

  10. Catharine & Family, I am so sorry for your loss. From the words I’ve seen of others and my own experiences, Jack seemed to cast a light wherever he went. And I hope it is that light that guides you through this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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