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July 3, 2014

John J. "Jack" McKenna, 82

BEVERLY — John J. “Jack” McKenna, 82, beloved husband of Jeanne (Carter) Accomando-McKenna, with whom he shared 26 years of a happy marriage, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 27, at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Beverly, he is the son of the late Thomas F. Mckenna, a former funeral director in Beverly and Ellen F. (Magner) McKenna.

Jack grew up in Beverly and was a graduate of Beverly High School, Class of 1950. Following high school, Jack attended the University of New Hampshire, his schooling was interrupted by the United States Army and he served in Germany during the Korean War from 1954-1956. Jack was honorably discharged, and went back to UNH and graduated in 1958. Jack worked for the Department of Infectious Disease at the Tufts University School of Medicine, New England Medical Center, and retired in 1988 from the Department of Public Health, Biologic Labs as a quality controlled chemist. Jack enjoyed gardening, especially sitting on his sit down lawnmower smoking his cigar, and sailing, especially by Conomo Point in Essex. His greatest joy came from being with his family, and his many friends.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four stepchildren, Diane Gordon and her husband Ray of Fall River, Thomas Accomando and his husband, Jeffrey Stone of Holyoke, Nancy Palmerton and her husband, Mark of San Diego, Calif., and Bethany Nasser and her husband, Paul of Beverly; eight step-grandchildren, Chelsea and Kathryn Gordon, Jonathan, Megan and Monabella Palmerton and Amanda, Nicholas and Jennifer Nasser; two sisters-in-law, Madeline Accomando and Louise Carty; along with several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, the late Capt. Thomas McKenna, Jr. USCG.

ARRANGEMENTS: A funeral Mass will be celebrated at Saint John the Evangelist Church, 111 New Balch St., Beverly, on Monday at 11:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held prior to the mass at the Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot St., Beverly, from 9 to 11 a.m. Burial will be in Saint Mary’s Cemetery, Beverly. The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made in Jack’s Memory to the Kaplan Family Hospice House, 78 Liberty St., Danvers, MA 01923 or Beverly Bootstraps, 371 Cabot St., Beverly, MA 01915. Information, directions, condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com.

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