Richard Bruce McKenna Sr.

May 12, 1954March 25, 2021

On Thursday March 25, 2021 Richard. B. McKenna Sr. transitioned peacefully with family by his side.

Rich was the cherished husband of Kathleen Foley McKenna, loving father of Edmund F. McKenna of Camden NJ and Richard B. McKenna Jr. of Barnegat, NJ. Loving brother of DonnaLee Fienberg of Melborne Beach FL. Rich was an awesome grandfather of four, Shane, Dillon, Tyler and Jerry. One of his great joys was taking them crabbing out on the bay. A beloved brother~in~law, uncle, step brother and a loyal friend to many.

Born in Warwick Rhode Island May 12, 1954, he's predeceased in death by his mother Mildred Brennan Knight and his brother John W. McKenna.

Rich attended the College of William & Mary and graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelors Degree. From there he went on to the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island becoming a commissioned Naval Officer and on to his first assignment aboard the USS Corry DD817 in Philadelphia. Launching a long rewarding career. Rich served aboard the USS Charles F. Adams and USS Spartanburg County LST1192 .

Changing his designation to Supply Corps after attending the Naval Supply Corps School in Athens GA, he went on to obtain his Master's Degree in Science and Management from the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, CA.

Serving on both coasts and abroad his favorite duty station was most certainly Naval Supply Depot, Subic Bay , Philippines. He loved his Filipino team and they loved him back. Quite a few have stayed in touch with him. After the eruption of MT Pinatubo Rich was part of the Decommissioning Team. When the lights turned out on the base for the last time as a US Naval Installation, it was an important moment to him personally, saying a final goodbye to his Filipino "family" and seeing the long NSD commitment to the Philippines come to an end.

Then came Philadelphia and Lakehurst ( Joint Bases McGuire, Dix, Lakehurst ) He loved his job and the people he worked with there so much he decided to retire here in New Jersey permanently instead of returning home to Rhode Island. Rich was a member in good standing of both the Manahawkin Elk and the Beach Haven Moose where he made many friends over the years and had lots of laughs.

His family greatly appreciates the out pouring of love from friends and the community.

To leave online condolences and fond memories of Rich for the McKenna family, please visit

A Celebration of Life will be held at a date yet to be determined due Covid19 safety.

The Thos L. Shinn Funeral Home, 10 Hilliard Dr., Manahawkin, NJ was entrusted with the arrangements.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Richard Bruce McKenna Sr.

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Steve Kozak

April 1, 2021

My deepest condolences to Kath and the boys. Rich and I were classmates at the Naval Postgraduate School. We did everything together and Rich had me laughing the entire time. He taught me how to play golf, and how not to take anything too seriously. We reconnected about a year ago and he had me laughing again. Such a kind man! Heaven has a new angel!

Deb Demyan

March 31, 2021

To the McKenna Family
My heart breaks for you Kath, Edmond and Rick . He will truly be missed I want to offer my deepest of sympathy’s to you 😘❤️

Deborah Demyan

March 31, 2021

I want to say it was my husband and I first adventure on Richard’s Boat 🚣‍♀️ . We went over by party island lol my husband decided to go swimming the current was pulling him and I told Rich and Kath that not too worry he swims like a dolphin 🐬 well thank goodness for such wonderful friends Kath jumped in after him we through tubes and stuff I think one of the lifeguards came and helped also 👍🏼So our little joke was nice Deb he swims like a dolphin I’m still laughing 😂 Hey Rich there is a lot of wine in Heaven have a glass for Kathleen and I 😘until we meet again 😘👍🏼

Denise Foley

March 31, 2021

Dear Kathleen, Ed, Rick, Donna & the Feinberg family,

My heart is heavy for the pain you are feeling. Rich was more like a brother than a brother-in-law to me and, he was a friend. I knew he would always have my back and was always there for me. Kath, Ed, Rick, and Donna, I know what you have lost and how painful that loss is. My love and heartfelt sympathies are with you all.

Shaun Brown

March 31, 2021

I worked with Rich at the base over the past 13 years. Rich was an exceptional work colleague and he always made me laugh. He was always in a good mood, had a way of making everyone feel comfortable, and certainly lightened the mood of the meeting. He really had a way with people and had an infectious personality. Thinking of Rich, I immediately think of us laughing and solving all of the PMAs problems! I offer my deepest condolences to the McKenna family and am very sorry for your loss.

Marc Perillo

March 30, 2021

My condolences to Rich's family. I worked on a couple of the Navy programs Rich was in charge of. I liked and respected him. I will miss him.

Bob Herbaugh

March 30, 2021

To the McKenna Family,
I worked with Rich as a subcontractor on some of his Navy programs. Over the years we certainly had our ups and downs but became friends along the way. I miss him and am truly saddened by his passing. Please know that all of you and Rich are in my thoughts and prayers.

Barbara Creegan

March 30, 2021

My heartfelt condolences to the McKenna Family. I am so very sorry for your loss. God bless you all.

Mickey & Connie King

March 29, 2021

Deepest Condolences to the McKenna Family.

Dave & Laurie McCulley

March 29, 2021