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Brian McKenna

Brian Gerard McKenna

Monday, February 22nd, 1954 - Sunday, February 14th, 2021
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St. Albans Bay - Brian G. McKenna, 66, passed away February 14th, 2021 at the McClure Miller respite house with friends and family by his side. Brian was born February 22, 1954 at Flushing Hospital in Queens NY, to Patrick McKenna and Virginia Haltner McKenna.

Brian grew up in Sacred Heart Parish in Bayside Queens NY, where he enjoyed playing many sports and spending time with friends in the park. He served in the Navy, worked in the first AIDS unit at NYU and was a welder by trade. Brian loved stargazing, traveling, riding his Harley Davidson, listening to music, dancing, discussing politics, and watching sports. There was no question that he was his children and grandchildren’s biggest fan. They will always remember him in the stands cheering them on. Those that knew Brian know he was a trip. You didn’t just know him, you experienced him. He was a loyal Husband, Father, and Friend. There was nothing he wouldn’t do for his loved ones.

Brian was predeceased by parents Patrick and Virginia McKenna. Brian is survived by his wife Bonnie (Bonzo); their sons, Amer and partner Colette, Jamir and wife Crystal, Connor and fiancé Ryan; grandchildren, Haven, Miya, Kayden, Christopher, Sophia, Carston, Coltyn, River and Aurora; brothers, Frank and wife Michelle, Kevin and wife Barbara, Patrick and wife Bertine; sister, Ginna; nephews and niece, Chris, Shannon, Kevin, Maura, Ryan, Michael, Alex, Tommy and many more beloved cousins.
Per Brian’s wishes there will be no services but a celebration of his life, which will be determined by his family at a later date.

A special thank you to the staff at the McClure Miller Respite House for their care and compassion towards Brian and Family. A special thank you to Mohamad Moussawi, NP and staff for their true care of Brian’s wellbeing.
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Bonnie Mckenna

Posted at 07:24pm
R.I.P. my husband.

Many of our friends know, Brian fought a courageous battle against multiple myeloma, and other unfortunate circumstances. Brian gave his family & friends many more years then the doctor’s predictions.

You were a kickass Warrior BGM.

I thank you for your love, all the good memories 🎶,all the mentoring, raising our three boys, that turned out to be awesome men, and for all the love you gave to each of our grandkids.. B, BUD, DAD, POP, GRANDPA, and PAPA you were sooooo loved & you are soooo missed.

I will always love my partner in crime, and my best friend forever.


For all of this I am thankful.

We should all feel blessed, knowing that “you” are no longer suffering from the horrific pain you battled with, “day after day”

Up yours Cancer: Brian kicked your butt for many years....

Till we meet again!! Fly high, enjoy Riding & party on..
You were one of a kind my love ♥️
I will miss your stories, jokes, and your smiles. Most of all, I miss you calling out to me the nickname you gave me “BONZO”

God Bless you my husband!
We will all be celebrating your life soon!
You will always be in my heart!!!!

Mary Machia

Posted at 08:41am
To Brian's family we are sending our thoughts and prayers at this sad time. May your memories give you peace and comfort.
Tom and Mary Machia
 
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Bonnie Mckenna Posted at 07:28pm

God Bless and Thank you.
PP

Paula Parrish

Posted at 07:41pm
I feel so grateful to have gotten to know Brian over the past few years, and it's heartbreaking to see him go. He will always be one of the strongest (and coolest) guys I've ever met. Brian our friend, Rest In Peace. (I know that you are)
 
BM

Bonnie Mckenna Posted at 07:24pm

Thank you Paula.
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Bertine.mckenna@gmail.com

Posted at 06:23pm
From the first time I met Brian we connected right away as he did with everyone. He was always good to me. He was kind to talk to me when I was worried about Oats health and always ended the conversation with “look, I love you- call me anytime you want”. There were “what the heck” moments too but I choose to remember his kindness his loving ways and his humor. He loved his brother and we loved him. So glad we were there at the end. Knowing him for 38 years has been a privilege. Love you.
CM

Connor McKenna

Posted at 08:01am
My dad was from a city so he really enjoyed nature. Especially a nice summer night. He also really loved the stars. He’d know and show me all the constellations. He’s the reason I can point out the Big Dipper, Little Dipper and Orion’s Belt. But his favorite thing was Meteor showers. As a kid he would wake me up out of bed just to see the lights shoot across the sky. My dad was also a great fighter teaching me and my brothers basic boxing in life. “I’m sure we all have his left hook”. My father was also a natural prankster known for farting in supermarkets and blaming it on old ladies... he definitely gave me his corky humor. As a child my father would also draw wild elaborate pictures, he was very artistic. To be honest I could write stories all night about my dad, and most of you wouldn’t believe them because they are so wild. But that was my father, wild... A free spirit that lived one life but multiple types of lives and had many awesome chapters to his story. But I believe his best chapter was his last. Being a Father a Grandfather a Husband a Uncle and a Brother. Even know he lived in pain, he got to see his family grow big and strong, And I know that made him the happiest. I love you Pop and I’ll see you again someday.
 
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Bonnie Mckenna Posted at 07:27pm

Love you our son ♥️ Beautiful tribute to your pop.
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