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Kevin Michael McKenna
  • 48 years old
  • Date of birth: Jul 11, 1964
  • Place of birth:
    Voorheesville, New York, United States
  • Date of passing: Sep 23, 2012
  • Place of passing:
    Chicago, Illinois, United States

Kevin passed away peacefully in his sleep early on the morning of Sept. 23. During his stay at the new Horizon Hospice at Rush University Medical Center, he was continually surrounded by his parents, siblings, family members and friends.

A memorial service is planned for Sunday, Oct. 7, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Calo Ristorante at 5343 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL, 60640. Everyone is welcome to come by and share their memories of and make a toast to our friend Kevin. No additional services are planned. Next summer, Kevin's family plans to scatter his ashes in Maine, a place whose combined beauty and turbulence Kevin believed accurately reflected his nature.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to The Trevor Project, an anti-bullying foundation whose mission was important to Kevin. Donations can be made by going to:

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Eric Carlson on 23rd September 2017

"It has been five years since I held your hand one last time.  I miss our deep conversations, random times chilling on the couch, you dragging me out to do things that were always fun and memorable.  You will never be forgotten,  always missed and forever loved."

This tribute was added by Tami Tetreault Cohan on 22nd October 2016

"Kevin was a dear classmate in high school.  Sadly we lost touch after high school and I just learned of his passing last night.  I truly enjoyed our time in drama club.  He was an unforgettable special sole. Clearly he led a short but fulfilling, impactful life.  My thoughts and prayers go out to Eric, The McKenna family and all of Kevin's friends."

This tribute was added by Eric Carlson on 23rd September 2015

"Some days it feels like it was yesterday, other times, a lifetime ago.  But one thing remains constant, I miss your wit, warmth, friendship and smile.   Love you always."

This tribute was added by Eric Carlson on 23rd September 2014

"It is difficult to believe you have been gone for two years now.  I miss your smile and wit everyday.  Sometimes I would think, "what you Kevin do..." but then that would usually get me into trouble.   I miss you and our time together."

This tribute was added by Eric Carlson on 12th July 2014

"Thinking of you on your birthday and what we'd be doing today.  I miss you and think about you every day.  Love you always."

This tribute was added by David Breen on 11th July 2014

"Thinking of Kevin on what would have been his 50th birthday.  I think about you a lot my friend and miss you.  You will be in our thoughts next weekend when Mike and I (finally) get married.  You were a big part of our coming together and it makes me sad that I won't see you there, but like to think you will be there with us in sprirt.  Much love."

This tribute was added by Eric Carlson on 23rd September 2013

"A year ago today the world lost one of its greatest inhabitants; however, the love he shared, the wisdom he bestowed and the light he radiated is still felt, remembered and passed on by those who knew and loved Kevin.  We keep his spirit alive and it is through us that the world doesn’t seem so cold, empty or dark.  I will miss you and love you always."

This tribute was added by Eric Carlson on 29th July 2013

"We said our final goodbyes to Kevin on July 21st at Otter's Point in Acadia National Park outside of Bar Harbor, Maine as we spread his ashes along the coast.  It was a beautiful day and an awe inspiring setting that I know Kevin would have loved.  We will forever remember and miss Kevin.  It is a spot I will return to again.  Love you, Kevin."

This tribute was added by Deb Michelson on 11th July 2013

"Happy Birthday, old friend.  I will look for the brightest star in the sky tonight and know that it is you."

This tribute was added by Eric Carlson on 11th July 2013

"Happy Birthday, Kevin. I miss you.  Remembering the good time we had a year ago today celebrating your birthday.  Having dinner at Calo's again tonight in your honor. Love always, Eric"

This tribute was added by Greg Mayer on 31st October 2012

"I will miss those long, deep and very intellectually stimulating conversations and the laughs that went with them.  Kevin, you were one in a million and one of a kind.  Thanks for being you and the unconditional friendship you gave to me.  You will be very missed ... ... Love, Greg"

This tribute was added by Eric Carlson on 23rd October 2012

"It was a month ago today the world lost an intelligent, witty, compassionate, honest, loving and the most selfless man I have yet to meet. He will be forever missed and his impact never forgotten. I love you Kevin."

This tribute was added by Greg O'Neill on 6th October 2012

"Just found a picture, which I posted that reminds me of the fun we had when Kevin relocated to Chicago from Denver, after visiting us.  He took to Chicago immediately and joined our volleyball team & the pic is our comedic group, appropriately named the Pastoral "Cheese Poofs", when we came out of no where and won first place in the end of season tournament and then celebrated with bubbly!"

This tribute was added by Jennifer Ten Eyck Scheesley on 3rd October 2012

"II remember Kevin most for his participation in the music program at Voorheesville. He always had a smile on his face and was one of the most positive people I knew.  He had a great sense of humor as well.
I send my love and support to you Eric and to the whole McKenna family during this time."

This tribute was added by Lorraine Plauth on 2nd October 2012

"I had Kevin as a student at Voorheesville in the mid 1970's.I recognized his name as soon as I saw the sad news in the Albany newspaper. After more than thirty years, I still remember him as a kind young man. Reading of his accomplishments,I am sure that he made a difference in leaving the world a better place because he was in it. So sorry for his loved ones that he had to leave too soon."

This tribute was added by Lisa Petrone-Bohl on 1st October 2012

"I am so very sorry to hear of Kevin's passing. The McKenna family was so very loving and welcoming to me when Sharon and I were in school together. It was a home filled with intellect, music, laughter, and love. I am grateful to have such warm memories of you all. May your music, love, and laughter be a comfort to you now. ~Lisa Petrone Bohl"

This tribute was added by Robin Shrager Suitor on 29th September 2012

"Oh, how we laughed in high school!  Kevin was smart, witty, & exceptionally kind. I remember vividly a specific incident where Kevin’s compassion lifted my spirits and took the edge off a moment of teenage angst. Just a few weeks ago I relayed the details of that story to my 16 year old daughter as an example of what to look for in a friend. Kevin made the world a better place."

This tribute was added by Paul Lasch on 29th September 2012

"I don't remember the last time I saw Kevin, but we did exchange a couple of emails after a class reunion. It is hard to think about my time in high school without thinking of Kevin: driving back and forth to the pathology lab for a biology internship with the rabbits, and of course all those plays and countless rehearsals. Holy Cabooses. Rest in Peace."

This tribute was added by Philip Lavoie on 28th September 2012

"I will miss you!  You were the definition of a friend exactly when I needed one.  I will never forget you!  While you are likely responsible for building out my social network in Chicago, the times I remember most are when it was just us, lost in our own little world.  Thank you for suggesting I do my laundry at your place instead of the laundrymat for a wonderful friendship followed. :-)"

This tribute was added by Karin Baker on 26th September 2012

"So sorry to hear about Kevin. At least it's clear, from the pictures, and comments, that he led a full, if short, life. I remember Keven vividly from high school, and sometimes wondered what became of him. It's a shame he couldn't join us at our 30th reunion."

This tribute was added by Lara Hladun Bishop on 25th September 2012

"To my other family.... How do I tell you how sorry and sad I am to hear about Kevin. So many great memories!  Love to all!"

This tribute was added by Leslie Krohn on 25th September 2012

"So sorry to hear about Kevin. Although he was too young to leave this world, it's clear from these tributes what an impact he had.  Will continue to pray for him and his family and friends."

This tribute was added by Jeff Minor on 24th September 2012

"Kevin - When you walked into a room, people were drawn to your warm smile & sharp wit. I can't believe that you are actually gone. You will be greatly missed."

This tribute was added by Deb Galusha-Trombley on 24th September 2012

"To all of Kevin's family and friends: We are so sorry to hear of the fight Kevin had to fight recently and of his passing. We knew him in high school and unfortunately lost touch after. We grew up in a small community so knowing him and his wonderful family were special times. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you during this very tough time. ~Deb and Malcolm Trombley"

This tribute was added by Sean Patrick Harrington on 24th September 2012

"Kevin you were vigilant champion of all things right in this world. I will miss our spirited conversations, your laugh, and above all your wicked awesome fighting spirit. I just know the angels are singing - for a true warrior has joined their ranks. Thank you for keeping us safe Kev."

This tribute was added by Michelle Hamil on 24th September 2012

"Dear Kevin...just heard about your death. I've thought of your warm vibrance and commitment to the truth over the years and wondered where you'd gotten. I am sorry to have lost touch with you after Foley. You are one of the people that have helped me to remember to live the best parts of myself. Live on in peace!"

This tribute was added by Yvonne Perry Hulbert on 24th September 2012

"My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire McKenna family.  Kevin was a Drama Club upperclassman when I was in HighSchool. . . we met during a production of The Matchmaker (my first...)  I'll always have fond memories of him, and am glad his charm and effusiveness followed him in life.  Rest in peace, Kevin. . ."

This tribute was added by Greg Howard on 24th September 2012

"Kevin and I reconnected at the retirement celebration of our high school choral teacher several years ago and most recently, he was missed at our 30th high school reunion.  My prayers go out to the McKenna Family and all of Kevin's friends."

This tribute was added by Cate Bohn on 24th September 2012

"I am sorry to hear of Kevin's death, shocked really. My thoughts are with Eric and all of Kevin's friends and family. I remember a nice, skinny kid with a great smile. Peace and love, Cathy Teuten"

This tribute was added by Lydia Smith-Franks on 23rd September 2012

"So many years since I saw him but thought of him so very often. I was so glad to have connected again recently. From his V'ville friends.... he will be so missed.....
Peace and free flight Kevin......"

This tribute was added by Ted Teuten on 23rd September 2012

"My heart breaks for his family. I grew up with them, went to school with them, went to church with them.  I'm so sorry for their loss.  He very briefly dated a very good friend of mine, and unknowingly was a great help in my getting through some rough times. I'm so sorry."

This tribute was added by Deb Michelson on 23rd September 2012

"Rest in peace, my friend.  You will be missed."

This tribute was added by Jeff Torres on 23rd September 2012

"May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back.  May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields.  And until we meet again, may God hold you in the hollow of his hand.  ~Irish Blessing"

This tribute was added by Andy Bigelow on 23rd September 2012

"We love you buddy and will always miss you.  I will never forget the times you brought the boys apple picking and then invited them over to make apple pie and apple sauce.  You even taught them how to properly use a knife."

This tribute was added by Christine Freseman on 23rd September 2012

"Goodbye, Kevin. I hope you're able to ski where ever you are and the guys are good looking:) Rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Maureen Duclos-Waters on 23rd September 2012

"I never met Kevin, but just wanted to send my thoughts and prayers to his family, who my sister, Kate has spoken of often.  GOD BLESS the McKenna family."

This tribute was added by Dave Lee on 23rd September 2012

"Kevin and I met while singing in the BGMC, it seems ages ago.  He handled my real estate purchases and sales deftly and professionally.  In fact, I'll never forget his smile as he handed me the check for the proceeds from my condo.  I had no idea that our life journeys had brought us both to Chicago.  Peace to Eric and Kevin's family."

This tribute was added by Doug Ferguson on 23rd September 2012

"Kevin still managed to talk my ear off only a couple weeks ago when I visited him in the hospice ... and I cherished every word. It had been too long since I'd seen him, but we immediately started chatting like we hadn't skipped a beat. Thanks to you, Eric, for being an angel over his shoulder during the tough times. Peace to Kevin and all of us who loved him. ~ Doug"

This tribute was added by Anne Chavez on 23rd September 2012

"I am so sorry to hear of Kevin's passing. he was such a good friend in high school and someone I really looked up to. You will be missed by so many, Kevin.
Anne Marie (Olsen) Chavez"

This tribute was added by Greg O'Neill on 23rd September 2012

"Eric you were a guardian angel to him throughout and you have the gratitude of us all, especially Kevin."

This tribute was added by Eric Carlson on 23rd September 2012

"Seeing all of Kevin's friends support him during his final weeks was so special to me and spoke to his great character. Kevin was everyone's favorite patient, which is a testament to his ability to charm even people who had just met him. I feel privileged to have known him for as long as I did. I just wanted to be as good and caring a friend to him as he was to me."

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