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Martin James McKenna

30 January 1918 - 12 June 2016

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Passed away peacefully 12 June 2016 at the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre at the age of 98. Martin was born 30 January 1918 at Mackey Station, Ontario, the son of Rose Furlong and William McKenna. After service with the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve during WW II, Martin returned to North Bay, Ontario, to continue his career in the diamond drilling industry, eventually managing a very successful company. A long-time resident of North Bay, Martin later lived in Toronto, Fergus and finally Orleans. He also enjoyed many wonderful summers at the family cottage on the south shore of Lake Nipissing, and relaxing winters at Hobe Sound, Florida. Predeceased by his wife Margaret in 2011, Martin will be remembered fondly by his daughter Sharon (Andrew Leach) of Meaford, ON, his son Stephen (Susanne Kuta) of Orleans, his grandchildren Megan Leach (Stephen Christian), Toronto, Kara (McKenna) Taylor (Ian), Orleans, and Sean McKenna (Leslie Vossler), Blairmore, AB, and his two lovely great-granddaughters, Danielle and Emily Taylor. He will also be missed by his best friend Sylvia Hemmings, Alexandra Chiasson, Andrew Chiasson and his nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the staff of Gatineau 2 North for the amazing care that they provided for Martin over the past three years. At Martin’s request, there will be no memorial. Donations in Martin’s memory to either The Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre Foundation or the Alzheimer Society of Canada would be greatly appreciated. Condolences and donations may be made at

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