Calgary, Alberta — Bill McKenna, beloved husband of Myken of Calgary, Alberta, died peacefully on Thursday, October 18, at the age of 79 years. Bill was a graduate of Salem High School class of 1951 and a three sport letterman. He was also a graduate of Brandeis University in 1955.
He was an All-American football player at Brandeis and an inductee into the University's inaugural Hall of Fame class in 1993. Bill was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the seventh round of the 1955 NFL draft. He played for the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Pro Football League as a tight end and line-backer from 1955-1963. Bill started work for Texaco in 1955, retiring in 1989 as a vice president/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 as well as his brother Bob McKenna.
ARRANGEMENTS: A dedication Mass will be held for friends and family on Saturday, October 27, at 4 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church in Salem.