Edward Joseph McKenna

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Edward Joseph McKenna

July 22, 1943 - January 05, 2019

Hampden and Bangor Edward Joseph McKenna died at home in Hampden, January 5, 2019, surrounded by his loving family and friends.
He was born on July 22, 1943, in Bangor and grew up in Newburgh. He was graduated from Carmel schools.
Ed served proudly in the US Army enlisting in 1965. He was deployed to Germany for several years, was a combat veteran of the Vietnam War, and was the recipient of our Nation's Purple Heart. He retired from the Maine Army National Guard in 1995 with nearly 30 years of service.
Ed was a long-time employee of the Dead River Co. and was known as the company "gas" man. His service lasted 44 years. He was also employed later in life by Dysarts for many years.
He very much enjoyed spending time with family, visiting friends, cookouts, mowing grass and riding his John Deere tractor, taking his grandchildren and their friends to Dysarts for treats, tinkering in his shed, snowmobile club dinners, and going to camp at Oxbrook Lake with friends Ivan, Douglas, Bruce, Bill, Tom, Aaron, Josh, Kevin, Roger, Mike, & Rudi.
Ed is survived by Glenda, his wife of 39 years, along with five children that include daughters, Sonya and Daisy and sons Billy, Jimmy, and Shane. Surviving among his grandchildren are Brianna, Ryan, Austin, Paige, and Sophie. He was a great-grandfather as well and is survived by Maddie, Olivia, and Cooper. Surviving siblings include sister, Patty and brothers, Frank, Tommy, Cliff, and Ken. Finally, Ed leaves behind best friends Donnie & Terry. Ed was predeceased by his mother, Margaret Robinson.
A memorial service with military honors will be held 4 p.m. Friday, January 11, 2019, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center Street, Bangor. Relatives and friends are welcome to gather with the family immediately following the service on Friday until 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, gifts in Ed's memory may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, c/o Anah Shrine Center, 1404 Broadway, Bangor, Maine 04401. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.Brookings-Smith.com
Published on January 8, 2019
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Linda L Gerow (retired accountant at Dead River)
Jan 15, 2019
Worked with Ed for many years and he taught me so much about the propane business. I tried to keep him straight on the accounting side of things, that was a challenge. We shared many laughs, he always had a grin on his face and all the ladies at the Bangor office would enjoy his visits. He will be missed.
Pam Rideout
Jan 13, 2019
I am so very sorry for your loss... He was a wonderful man and will be missed.
Brenda Ross
Jan 12, 2019
Edd you will sadly be missed. You have always made people laugh or lift there spirit when they were down. I will never forget the jokes we shared. Your a great guy who always had a smile on your face. May you reat now and know you'll never be forgotten. My condolences to Billy,Jimmy and Sonya.
Cathy Lindsey (Woodard)
Jan 12, 2019
I am saddened by the the news of Ed's passing. I loved seeing him almost anywhere I went. I will truly miss seeing his smiling face and always a wave. So sorry for your lost.
Gregory Riese
Jan 11, 2019
An amazing grandfather and all around nice guy.
Tammy Woodworth
Jan 11, 2019
My thoughts go out to Ed’s family at this time of such a loss. It’s been a lifetime since I’ve been in Maine but every once in a while he would call to check in and say hi. I’ll always remember that smile and laugh he spread like fire. Truely a great man. His passing will certainly leave a void in the lives of those who knew him. I have to thank him for Turing me on to the Beatles music so many years ago. Love you Uncle Ed.
Brent Somers
Jan 11, 2019
My prayers and thoughts are with the McKenna family. Hold your heads up high and be proud . Ed was by far one of the greatest of greats. Always a friendly smile and kind word. No matter how your day was going it always seemed better after a visit with Ed. He will be missed but never forgotten. Heaven will never be the same with an angel like him RIP Ed
Robin Smith Prescott
Jan 11, 2019
The Smith and Prescott family have had the pleasure of having Ed in our lives for a very long time and he was always there when ever we needed a helping hand or he would just stop by for some conversation.. You were the heart an soul of the Newburgh and Hampden community and will be missed by all of us.. We will feel this loss for a long time. But we should all remember the good times we had with you, because that is what you would want. Love and miss you dear friend.
Rick and Renee ODonald
Jan 10, 2019
Our sincere condolences to the McKenna family. Years ago Ed helped us with a propane project and one of the boys asked what his name was, before Ed could answer, Rick said “Uncle Bob”! From that moment on, even after they were grown men, they called him Uncle Bob. Ed always had a twinkle in his eye and a smile on face. He will be missed.
Jan 10, 2019
Ed I can’t believe you are gone it’s going to be a journey without you every time I come up to visit and seeing your friendly but charming face at dysarts made my visit so much better the long talks and even just the pass by hi and bye. Heaven gained an angel that could never be replaced on this one. He was such a nice generous caring guy who’s goal was to put a smile on everyone’s face even before he had one on his face. Ed you will be dearly missed as a friend and also as family. Nothing will be the same without you here walking this crazy earth. But we all know you will be watching over all of us. It’s crazy just the last time I came to visit you wanted to sit down and talk and ...I had the baby and the girlfriend with me so I rushed the situation wished I took the time and sat down and talked for awhile cause I guess you never know who is going to be around when you come back for a visit. So with that being said god will take care of you up there and until I see you again rest easy old man.Read more
Ed Raymond
Jan 10, 2019
Although I haven't seen you in many years, I cherish the memories of you when you were a member of the 112th medical company of the Maine Army National Guard. I was lucky to have you serving with me in the flight operations platoon and you were the chief of the airfield service section and I was your platoon sergeant. The 112th med company was also lucky to have you as its pol chief. I spent 9 months in Germany deployed in support of desert storm. Great Man Ed to his family I feel your loss, he was a great man.
Jaimie Hurdt
Jan 10, 2019
I will miss hearing your laugh, Ed. You were an amazing person.
Nicole Lyons
Jan 10, 2019
Ed was my dad Manleys foster brother, I never got to meet him. Wish I could have. Rest easy Ed.
Herb Frost III
Jan 09, 2019
Ed was a great man, you will be missed my friend, my thought and prayers are with you and your family
Penny and rick
Jan 09, 2019
Your friendship and smile was warm welcome glad to have known ya
Rick and penny
Jan 09, 2019
Penny grace and family
Jan 09, 2019
To uncle eds family we feel your loss and you are in our thoughts.we all will miss him but always will remember his warm mannerisms smiles and that willing ness to help each and every one of us on a moments notice.His laugh was one I will always remember .He is a great loss to our family.But we have great memories
Elaine Duggan, retiree of Dead River Company
Jan 09, 2019
Saddened to hear this news. Ed and I worked many years together. I learned so much from him and we faced many challenges together: snow and ice storms, railroad strikes, LP supply shortages. We got through it together with laughter. RIP my friend from the other ED (my initials)
Shaun (Stymiest) Paul
Jan 09, 2019
I was really sad to hear of Ed's passing. He was a really nice man and will not be forgotten. My sympathies to your family.
Bobby Clendenning
Jan 09, 2019
Amigo - Thanks for sharing -
Tini L
Jan 09, 2019
You will be missed old friend 😘
Heaven gained another good one - until we meet again I will always remember your generous and kind demeanor. To all the dysarts lunches, McKs variety days, and various family/friend events. I will not forget you. With love - Rest In Peace Ed
James Brann
Jan 09, 2019
I am going to miss seeing Ed every time I went into Dysarts. I have great memories 4 wheeling with Ed , it was much more about the journey then the destination . My thoughts and Prayers with all the family. !!!
Ron Lare
Jan 08, 2019
Had some good times with Ed as a friend and through the HFD training. Sorry for your loss, he wil be missed.
Leslie Ellsworth
Jan 08, 2019
Will miss seeing you at Dysarts my friend.
Michele Doucette
Jan 08, 2019
Sorry to the McKenna family for the loss of an amazing man Ed will be missed by all the crew at Dysarts in Newburgh who are we going to call to come tinker around with something that needs to be fixed love you Ed