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February 8, 1934 ~ August 20, 2023 (age 89) 89 Years Old
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John "Jake" McKenna, a cherished resident of Winthrop, Massachusetts, peacefully departed this world on August 20th, 2023, at the age of 89. He was born in the heart of Boston on February 8th, 1934. His journey through life was marked by a steadfast commitment to family, friendship, and duty.
He enlisted in the United States Navy during the Korean War and served on the USS Wisconsin, USS Lake Champlain, and briefly on the USS New Jersey. He received several service medals, and rose to the rank of Ensign Third Class. He was honorably discharged in 1955. Upon returning home, he took up work as a master electrician with the MBTA where he worked through retirement.
Jake's life path took him through various neighborhoods, each contributing to the vibrant tapestry of his experiences and personality. From his early days in Dorchester to his time in Charlestown and East Boston, he left an indelible mark on the places he called home. However, his most enduring chapter was written in Winthrop, where he forged a deep connection with his beloved late wife, Mary Frazier.
A man of honor and dedication, Jake's devotion to his family was paramount. He was a loving father to his children, Pamela Frazier of Vienna, Virginia, and Alex Frazier of Salem, New Hampshire. His caring nature extended to his brother Tommy, his sisters Chris, Pat, and especially - dear sister, Kathy O'Brien of Braintree, with whom he shared a special bond.
Jake's life was a testament to the importance of family, hard work, and unwavering love. His kindness, generosity, and warm spirit will forever reside and be carried forward by his grandchildren, Alexander Frazier of Revere, Massachusetts, Ryan Frazier of Layton, Utah and his many nieces and nephews. Moreover, his impact is felt in the lives of his great-grandchildren, Jacob, Henry, and Lucy, who were truly adored by their great-grandfather.
A graveside service to celebrate Jake's life will be held on Monday, August 28th, 2023, at 1:00 PM in the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery. Family and friends are cordially invited to join in commemorating the life of a man whose presence will be deeply missed but forever treasured.
Many who knew John, knew of his love of animals, the family has requested that remembrances be made in the form of contributions to The MSPCA ( https://tinyurl.com/jakemckenna )