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Smart & Edwards Funeral Home

183 Madison Ave, Skowhegan, ME

OBITUARY

Carl Alan McKenney

November 3, 1941March 6, 2020

Carl Alan McKenney, 78 of Skowhegan, Maine, ended his battle with COPD/CHF on March 6, 2020, dying peacefully at home with his loving wife by his side. Aware time was growing short, Carl and Gail surrounded themselves with their family and friends that always included good food, fun, many stories and memories, lots of laughter and some tears. Carl was born in Skowhegan on November 3, 1941, the first child of Bernard and Virginia (Cook) McKenney. He leaves behind his wife of sixty years, Gail McKenney; his seven children Vanessa (Richard) Jordan of Kingfield, Terri Gerard of VT, Pamela Hanscom of Auburn, Carl McKenney Jr of Portland, Shelia McKenney of Portland, Kim Mercier of Madison and Michael (Tammy Jones) McKenney of Skowhegan; ten grandchildren – Ryan and Sean Wing, Katelyn Hanscom, Riley and Owen Mercier, Michael, Dustin and Kayla McKenney, Zachary Gerard and Linda Waterman; his cherished great-grandchildren; his siblings Donna (Donald) Tozier of Skowhegan and Robert McKenney of Hancock as well as aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, his brother David and wife Lillian McKenney of FL and sister-in-law Donna McKenney of Hancock. Carl graduated from SAHS in 1959 and married the love of his life, Gail Anne Folsom on August 14, 1959 in Harmony, Maine. The young couple eventually made Skowhegan home where they always worked hard and raised seven children. In 1965, Carl was hired as a reserve police officer and part-time volunteer firefighter, thus beginning a span of serving the Town of Skowhegan and its citizens for fifty years. After a short stint as a full-time police officer, Carl accepted a full-time firefighter position in 1966 as a driver/operator discovering a career that he cherished. He became Chief in 1973 serving in the position for nineteen years before retiring in 1992. During his tenure as Chief, Carl also served the Town of Skowhegan as the Emergency Management Director and as the Somerset County EMA Director both ending with his retirement in 1992. Carl was passionate and proud of being a firefighter and always held this chapter of life near and dear to his heart. Always an outdoorsman, Carl was an avid hunter and fisherman enjoying many memorable trips with family and friends. Reminiscing, some might question the safety and sanity of a few of these adventures, but it’s maintained nobody died or landed in jail – that we know of. With retirement, Carl and Gail spent many summers camping on Moosehead Lake in Greenville often with their children and grandchildren. With the installation of a backyard pool at their home, the weekend family BBQ’s ensued. Carl also pursued his passion for genealogy, joining Maine Old Cemeteries Association and enjoyed tramping the state with Gail discovering/documenting family history and old cemetery data. As a man who loved life and his family, he always took time for everyone he met, being a friend, advisor and mentor to many – Carl’s departure reminds us all to live life with a sense of humor and find joy in every day. Join us in his Celebration of Life to be held at T&B’s Celebration Center in Skowhegan on Saturday, March 14th from 1pm – 4pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Carl’s memory to the Burn Treatment Unit, Maine Medical Center, Attn: Philanthropy Dept., 22 Bramhall Street, Portland, ME 04102. Make check notation to Burn Treatment Unit. Carl’s family extends their deepest appreciation to the nurses and staff at Maine General Home Health and Hospice for the outstanding care they provided Carl and the entire family.

  • FAMILY

  • He leaves behind his wife of sixty years, Gail McKenney; his seven children Vanessa (Richard) Jordan of Kingfield, Terri Gerard of VT, Pamela Hanscom of Auburn, Carl McKenney Jr of Portland, Shelia McKenney of Portland, Kim Mercier of Madison and Michael (Tammy Jones) McKenney of Skowhegan; ten grandchildren – Ryan and Sean Wing, Katelyn Hanscom, Riley and Owen Mercier, Michael, Dustin and Kayla McKenney, Zachary Gerard and Linda Waterman; his cherished great-grandchildren; his siblings Donna (Donald) Tozier of Skowhegan and Robert McKenney of Hancock as well as aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, his brother David and wife Lillian McKenney of FL and sister-in-law Donna McKenney of Hancock.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Saturday, March 14, 2020

Memories

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Chaplain Lee Longe

March 16, 2020

As former Assistant Fire Chief of Madison, in the 80's I got to work with Carl on various fires, through the years. My fondest memory was when out of a meeting of the Somerset Firefighter's Assc., answering a call, Carl nominated me to become next President of the Association. He never let me forget that , Did he ever have fun with doing that, so he could step down. I enjoyed his friendship over the years. Carl will be missed.

eugene blodgett

March 14, 2020

To the McKinney Family: So sad to hear of your loss. Carl was very active in the community and dedicated to his family and work. He will be deeply missed, God's Prayers go out to you.
Eugene B.
Skowhegan Maine

Cheryl Willis Patten

March 13, 2020

Sincere condolences. Carl and you, Gail, were my favorite part of getting the MOCA mail. That sounds strange, but picking up the mail and bringing it to your place gave me a wonderful opportunity to visit - and visiting you two was wonderful. So many interesting talks, and even truck ride visits to way, way out of the way cemeteries.

Ruth Blood

March 10, 2020

Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of Carl. He was a fine man, an outstanding citizen, and a loyal, generous friend. Rest in Peace, Carl.

Marlene Frith

March 9, 2020

Dear Gail and family, My sincere condolences on your loss. I have many memories of Carl when we were youngsters. He was always kind and considerate. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Patricia Dickey

March 9, 2020

Norman and I send our special memories and thoughts to Gail and family. Carl worked with me as fire chief for many years We are very proud to be able to call both Carl and Gail good friends for many years even after he retired. He was loyal and dedicated to the skowhegan community he will be missed by so many, sincerely Norman and Pat

Deidre Irvine

March 9, 2020

Aunt Gail

Uncle Carl was a great man and wonderful example of what people should be . He was truly extraordinary. He was always ready to give me and their kids a boat ride around the lake at camp or hitch a trailer to the lawn mower and tote them around the yard just to put a smile on their face. He was a good egg and he will be missed.

Melvin Burnham

March 8, 2020

I feel grateful to have referred to Carl as my friend.
Carl was one of those few notable or as Louise Helen Coburn referred to as “Useful” citizens who made Skowhegan a better and safer place to live. His devotion to his family, town, and country was ever present. It was a pleasure to work with Carl on the Skowhegan Cemetery Committee and to discuss local history and genealogy.

Rest In Peace old friend.

Desiree & Bill Angles

March 8, 2020

Aunt Gail and Family
You are in our thoughts and prayers. We are so fortunate to have the wonderful memories and pictures together at camp, riding the back roads and sitting on your relaxing porch. U. Carl was very dear to us and we will miss him so much.

Claudette (Beckley) Czerwonky

March 8, 2020

Chief McKenney will be missed by all who knew him and spent time enjoying the many stories he would tell. He left a lasting impression on the children who visited the fire station from time to time. To his family I send prayers for peace during this time of sorrow.

FROM THE FAMILY