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McKENNA, William Joseph (Bill)

August 26, 1933 – October 18, 2012

Bill McKenna beloved husband of Myken of Calgary passed away on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at the age of 79 years.

Bill was a graduate of Brandeis University class of ’55 and Football Hall of Fame Inductee in 1993. He played for the Calgary Stampeders as a tight end from 1955 -1963. Bill started work for Texaco in 1955 retiring in 1989 as Chief Geophysicist.

Besides his loving wife Myken, Bill is survived by his three daughters Lisa McKenna-Fenton (Scott), Michelle McKenna-Mason (David), Susan Schatzker (Erik); grandchildren Francesca and Luke Fenton, Thomas and Leda Mason, Isabelle and Natalie Schatzker; mother of his daughters Asta Sikorski; Myken’s children Keltie Duggan Graboski (Peter), Ryan Duggan (Marie-France); grandchildren Lucas, Alex, Theodore and Katie Graboski, Maya and Nicolas Duggan; his brothers Dick McKenna and Jake McKenna (Karen); sister-in-law Elaine McKenna and extended family. Bill was predeceased by his parents Frances and William McKenna; his brother Bob McKenna.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of William McKenna, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200

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  1. Sugarfoot Anderson and Anne English :

    Dear Myken, it is with much sadness and deepest sympathy that you have lost a wonderful person and an incredible friend to so many in particular Sugarfoot. Bill will be so missed by us. Our hearts go out to you and the family. With much love Sugar and Anne

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  2. Uncle Bill you were one of the most genuine people I have ever had the honor of knowing. No matter how long it may have been since our last visit together you were always able to make the time we had together very special. The McKenna family has so much to be thankful for and right at the top of the list is people like you. I will always think of you with a smile on my face. You will be a source of many fond memories. I will tell stories about my uncle Bill to my kids and grand kids with energy and enthusiasm. You were truly one of the special ones.

    Much love,
    Billy

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  3. Sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. He will be remembered by all his friends, neighbors and associates.
    Don Jepson

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  4. Please accept my deepest sympathies on the passing of Bill.
    Frank Everts
    Retired Texaco Employee

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  5. Waldemar & Joanna Mish :

    Our deepest sympathy on the passing of Bill. He will be remembered for his smile and great personality.

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  6. maurice and anne yacowar :

    Dear Myken,
    We were both profoundly saddened to hear of Bill’s passing. He was a great football player and an even better person — warm, modest, comfortable. You made a miraculous couple.

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  7. fred and susan spina :

    It is with great sadness that we morn the passing of Bill a friend and an all around “good guy”
    Through the years of knowing Bill I have always sensed a warm heart and a genuine gregarious nature.
    Bill was always interesting to talk to. He often punctuated his speech with his stories and antidotes of working in the oil patch and his football experiences.
    Bill you will be missed!
    A life well spent
    A passing I am sure with a joyous welcome on the other side.
    Good journey Bill.
    Our thoughts are with you, Myken, and your family.

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  8. Stan Schwartz/Calgary Stampeder Football Club :

    October 22, 2012

    Mrs. Myken McKenna & Family

    Dear Myken,

    On behalf of the Calgary Stampeder Football Club’s Ownership Group; Co-Chairman, Ken King; Co-Chairman, John Forzani; Governor, Doug Mitchell; President and Chief Operating Officer, Lyle Bauer; Head Coach and General Manager, John Hufnagel; management; coaches; players and the entire Calgary Stampeder family, we are deeply saddened by the loss of your husband Bill.

    The McKenna family will be faced with enormous and profound adjustments. These adjustments will be such that they affect the whole being. The path of grief, hurt and finally acceptance will take time and is one that each member of the family must travel alone. You are fortunate that your family and friends are close and each in their own special way will help others.

    I, like so many, was fortunate to have known Bill as a friend and as a member of the Calgary Stampeders’ football fraternity. I have been blessed in my life to meet people like Bill McKenna that made a difference. Bill’s dedication and longstanding commitment to the Calgary Stampeder Football Club and the Calgary Stampeder Alumni Association are a rarity when compared to the selfishness and individualism so prominent in sports today.

    Bill is truly a gentleman and always found time to show a genuine interest in the people that he met. I first met Bill in 1963 when I was a player with the Mount Royal College Cougars Junior Football team. I am truly thankful for his support throughout my longstanding career with the Calgary Stampeders. I will forever cherish his wisdom and friendship. We only go around once and it’s nice to go around with good people and good friends.

    However, a more important statement about Bill and the kind of person he was is what he left behind. Bill is such a lucky person to have a caring family and friends. How proud he is of you; his daughters: Lisa, Michelle, and Susan; his grandchildren; and family. What greater satisfaction is there in life? People are better off today for knowing Bill McKenna.

    Knowing all to well the tough times that lie ahead, empathy for the McKenna family is strong. Remember the good times that will always be there to remind you, for they will help you through the many hurtful moments. Hold these memories fast. Soon they will help you remember with a smile. Bill lives on in your life and the lives of others who knew him.

    Our sympathy and prayers are with you and your family.

    Your friend,
    Calgary Stampeder Football Club

    Stan J. Schwartz
    Executive Vice-President, Club Operations/
    Consultant to the Executive Committee

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  9. Beverly Dorscheid :

    Lisa, Michelle, Susan my prayers are for you at this time.

    I remember your dad standing by the boards at the many rinks and always being there on your test days. Also being a support for me when I needed him on many projects.

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  10. Ron & Anne Allbright :

    Myken, How saddened we were to learn of Bill’s passing – he was such a fine gentleman who will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and family.

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  11. Jackson and Fitzgerald families :

    Dear Myken and family,
    Please accept our deepest sympathies. As previous neighbors to the McKenna family for 30 years in Lakeview, we came to love and respect Bill. He truly lived an exemplary life, and three generations of our family are honored to have known him.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  12. Karen Allbright :

    Myken and Family, Bill will be dearly missed. Growing up in a football family, I saw the comradery, a special bond, within a group of life long friendships and family ties that go so far back within the football community. My father and Bill were great team mates and life long friends. Bill will be dearly missed. I have many special memories of Bill to cherish. My heart felt sympathy and prayers to you all are with you.

    Big Hugs
    Love Karen

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  13. Setsuko Moulton :

    Dear Myken,
    Please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of your husband . My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Setsuko Moulton

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  14. Ex Texaco geologist
    My sympathies are with you on your loss. My enduring memory of Bill was when, in front of a large group of Imperial Oil managers at the time of the Texaco/Imperial merger, he stood up and denounced a lot of the rubbish that was being expounded. He had the guts to say what was on everyone else’s mind.

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  15. Kathyn McKenna :

    To Entire McKenna Family,
    It is with the same great love that Uncle Bill gave to me that I write these words to you all. His love was so strong it will remain within us all…
    The memories are that of a lifetime. Uncle Bill’s babysitting us when we were just small; all the way to his visits with my Dad, Jake and Dickie in Salem…What a smile and oh, he could dance the “Watuzee!”… He was so special to us… I pray and hope for all of you that you find great memories in your hearts to help you through….After all, he’s holding my Dad’s hand again… Love, Kathy McKenna

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  16. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very sad time. One of my great memories of Bill was playing hockey together. With sincere sympathies….

    Merv Walker

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  17. Myken, I didn’t know Bill well but really loved talking to him and it was mostly about his love of fishing along the Elbow. I know you will really miss him . My sympathies are with you . If there is anything I can do for you please let me know . Sincerely Jim Etzkorn

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  18. Sylvia Carleton :

    I am so sorry to read about Bill McKenna’s passing! I worked with him at Texico for many years as a draftsperson with Ed Sorensen in the geophysical department!
    He was a great man!
    My condolences to his family!

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  19. John S. Smedile :

    My sincere sympathy to the McKenna family on the passing of my classmate and good friend from Salem High School.

    Bill will be missed by all who knew him.

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  20. Ann and Ron Garneau :

    Our sincerest condolences on the passing of Bill – we remember him as a wonderful, interested neighbor on our street who always had smiles for kids. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you, his family.

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  21. Hi Myken: So sorry to hear about Bill’s death. We had a lot of fun at the big band way back when and seemed to always enjoy each other’s company. On Tuesday, I had a conflict, but hoped to catch the last part of the service and reception, but there was so much snow at that moment; I just couldn’t make it. Best wishes, John.

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  22. Heather (Hamilton) Brenneman :

    Dear Myken & family: We moved to Calgary in 1967 & lived directly across the street from Bill. The girls were very young at the time & the Sikorski’s had just lost there father. I was a friend of Karen’s. Not many years later, my father passed away & Bill was a huge pillar of strength for our family. He remained always a very special friend to my mother. It was so very kind of him to attend the tribute to my mother in 2006. He was such a “gentle giant” as they say, and I will remember him always for his kindness and gentle ways. He will always be remembered as a very special friend.

    Heather Brenneman
    (Dorothy Hamilton’s daughter)

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  23. mary carlyle and bruce oneil :

    Dear Myken, We were so sorry to hear of Bill passing away. We always enjoyed his friendliness and warm smile at parties and art events. We are thinking of you at this sad time.
    Mary and Bruce

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