Peter McKenna
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Visitation at Funeral Home

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thursday, October 25, 2018
Martin Funeral Home
1761 Route 31
Clinton, New Jersey, United States


10:00 am
Friday, October 26, 2018
Immaculate Conception Church
316 Old Allerton Road
Annandale, New Jersey, United States

Obituary of Peter Daniel McKenna

Peter Daniel McKenna, age 70, of Clinton, NJ, died Tuesday, October 23, 2018, at home. Pete was born September 18, 1948, in Long Island City, NY. He grew up in Woodside, Queens, lived for a time in Astoria and Westbury, and then eventually moved to the Hunterdon County area in 1992. He is the son of the late James and the late Violet (Girvan) McKenna.

He attended St. Sebastian Catholic Grammar School, Mater Christi High School, and St. John's University before starting his career with MetLife and United Healthcare, which would span over a period thirty years until his retirement in 2000.

Pete's passion was playing guitar, both secular (John Denver, The Eagles, Harry Chapin) and sacred. He was involved in music ministry for several local churches including Immaculate Conception Church, Annandale, St. Catherine of Siena, Pittstown, and St. Joseph's Church, High Bridge. He was also a proud member of the Friday afternoon Guitar Jam which plays weekly at the Hunterdon County Senior Center in Flemington. Pete was a lifelong NY Mets fan and was enthusiastically supporting the Red Sox to win the Series this year.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Meg McKenna. Over the course of 18 years, their friendship and shared love of music finally led Pete and Meg to marry in 2016 on November 22, the feast of St Cecilia, patroness of musicians.

Pete is also survived by daughter: Allison Farris and husband Shawn of Temple, TX; son: Jeffrey McKenna of Temple, TX; sister: Mary Chapen of Hudson, FL; and stepson, Nathan Cawley of Verona, WI.

Relatives and friends may gather on Thursday, October 25, 2018, from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm at the Martin Funeral Home, 1761 Route 31, Clinton, NJ 08809. A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10:00 am on Friday, October 26, 2018, at Immaculate Conception Church, 316 Old Allerton Road, Annandale, NJ, with Rev.Fr. Jay officiating. A private cremation will follow mass.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Pete's name may be made through IN MEMORY OF for the Adorno Fathers' African Mission, at

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