Alfred T. McKenney

  • Born: October 2, 1936
  • Died: April 16, 2020
  • Location: Melrose, Massachusetts

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Melrose, MA 02176

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Tribute & Message From The Family


Marine Veteran, and Proprietor of Al-Mac Supplies

Alfred T. McKenney, formerly of Port Charlotte, FL and longtime resident of Melrose, MA passed away on Thursday, April 16, 2020, at the age of 83 after a brief, but valiant battle with esophageal cancer.

Alfred, known to most as "Al," "Sonny" or "Big Al," was born on October 2, 1936 in Melrose. He was one of three children of the late Gordon S. and Lois (Cheever) McKenney. After graduating from Melrose High School in 1955, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and proudly served his country until he was honorably discharged in 1963. He went on to earn his Associates Degree in business from Newbury College.

Al met his wife, Judith Matthews, at the Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church and they married in June of 1964. Together they raised their family of four children in Melrose and were married for 35 years until Judy's passing in 2000.

Al worked in the elevator industry for many years before opening Al-Mac Surgical Supplies on Main Street in Melrose. He went on to become a public safety inspector for the Commonwealth, later a technician at Electrolux and spent his golden years in Florida with his companion, the late Terry Brennan, where he worked for the Charlotte County Public Schools as a bus monitor. He retired at the age of 80 and moved back to Massachusetts to be with his family.

He was a huge Boston sports fan, loved being around people and had a wonderful sense of humor. Always ready to lend a helping hand to a friend, Al valued his time with Melrose Youth Soccer, Mantle Club, Melrose Rotary Club, and Massachusetts Special Olympics. He was always ready on the sidelines to cheer on his kids, and years later, his grandkids. He enjoyed his time singing in the Unitarian Universalist Church choir even when he had to cover for his less talented family members.

Alfred was the beloved husband of the late Judith A. (Matthews) McKenney with whom he shared 35 years of marriage. Devoted father of Andrew T. McKenney and his girlfriend Adriene Cohn of Methuen, Alison J. Jones and her husband Jeffrey of Westford, Jennifer McKenney Smith and her husband Jason of Stoneham, Matthew G. McKenney and his girlfriend Lori Pisari of Lynn. Gentle giant, a.k.a. "Papa," to Andrew J. McKenney, Benjamin, Alexandra & Justin Jones and Hannah Smith. Loving brother of the late Gordon McKenney and his surviving wife, Janet of Topsfield and the late Mildred Hembree. Also survived by his many nieces and nephews.

Services for Alfred will be announced in the future when all may gather to honor, remember and celebrate his life. Interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Donations in Al's memory may be made to the Massachusetts Special Olympics, 512 Forest St., Marlborough, MA 01752 or online at https://www.specialolympicsma.org/


Condolence & Memory Journal

My deepest condolences to the McKenney Family. Mr. McKenney was great! I will never forget him and all the support he gave to Melrose Youth Soccer and our team. He was so much fun and I will never forget his smile and sense of humor. God Bless. Joe Cerretani, Melrose

Posted by Joe Cerretani - Melrose, MA - Friend   May 05, 2020

I want to send my sincere condolences to everyone it's so hard to loose someone you loved and can only imagine in this time of need not to be able to see or hug each other. Your dad was one of the nicest people that I had met at Grimbys. He will greatly be missed. I loved his chili and that he would leave the mushrooms out for me. My love and prayers are with you all❤❤❤

Posted by Josephine Saraceni - Melrose, MA - Family Friend   April 26, 2020

I consider the Warwick Road Gang family. My sincere condolences McKinney family during this time of loss. My heart and prayers are with you.

Posted by Mark Matton - Saco, NY - Family Friend   April 23, 2020

Matt, Andy. Best to all of your families. Enjoyed all the Friday night football games with your Father. Ed Kirby

Posted by Ed Kirby - Melrose, MA - Friend   April 21, 2020

You have all our love and condolonces.

Posted by Susan Meza - Deerfield, FL - Family   April 20, 2020

Sending wishes to your entire family. I remember Mr. McKenney as a very kind person.

Posted by Katherine Daniels - Winooski, VT - Acquaintance   April 20, 2020

Rest In Peace Big Al, you were truly one of the good ones. To Andy, Allison, Jenn, Matt and the rest of the amazing family please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, the Crowley's

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TO, the Mc Kenney Family our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most sorrowful time.
M.H.S. Class of 1955.

Posted by Jim Cortese - Melrose, MA - Classmate   April 20, 2020

Very sorry to hear of Al's passing. We were neighbors for many years. Enjoyed his friendly, warm demeanor. Hopefully, he and Judy are now reunited. She was a jewel. May they both enjoy the tranquility that only God can bring.

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So sorry to learn of Mr. McKenney's passing. Such a wonderful spirit during my growing up years in the Melrose Highlands. His joy for life will live on. My condolences dear McKenney family.

Posted by Linda Paine Hohn - Wexford, PA - Family Friend   April 19, 2020

Semper Fi. Rest in Peace "Big AL" your fight is done.

Posted by richard ford - melrose   April 19, 2020


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