Daniel J. McKenna – 11/4/2021

November 17th, 2021

Daniel J. McKenna “Moss” and “Ice Pick”, 62, of Aston passed away on Thursday, November 4th at Crozer Chester Medical Center.  He was born in Chester, PA to the late Robert O. and Mary McKenna (nee McGeehan).  He was raised and educated in Aston and was a graduate of Sun Valley High School with the class of 1978.  Dan loved to read novels especially his favorite authors James Michener (“Chesapeake”), Leon Uris (“Trinity”) and Frank McCourt (“Angela’s Ashes” and “Tis”), which depicts the history and culture of the Ireland and the Chesapeake Bay areas.  He was a great storyteller himself. He could spout off details verbatim of the rich history and legends about Ireland and was happy to state that the McGeehan (mother’s maiden name) family was of the “Black Irish” from the area of Lough Swilly, and Donegal, County Mayo.  Lough Swilly in Ireland is a glacial fjord or sea inlet lying between the western side of the Inishowen Peninsula and the Fanad Peninsula, in County Donegal. Maybe the history of our forefathers being fishermen is why Danny loved to fish himself. He would fish at Quarryville, PA, Fortescue, Delaware Bay, Donne, NJ and many other areas around Delaware County especially the Chester Creek by Bridgewater Road. His favorite meal was eating blue claw crabs. He would frequent the Tap Room, Bo Brooks, Connolly’s, Lefty’s and many other area local places that offered his favorite crustacean. His most enjoyment in life was playing and watching basketball. He frequented the Palestra.  He played in many leagues throughout Delaware and Chester County until he fell ill and could no longer do so. Also, he followed all the local high school basketball teams’ statistics and could quote many team members, which high school and college they attended. Dan was a bit of an “old school” soul and really didn’t connect to this new world of technology. He would rather write you or receive a letter himself. He was very fond of his nieces, nephews and his friends whom he loved dearly.

Dan was a long-time member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Aston, PA.  He was also a Fourth Degree Knight of The Knights of Columbus Council the Fr. James A. Donnelly Council # 11782.

He is survived by his brothers, Robert J. and Michael McKenna, Upland, PA; sisters, Marybeth Muschelli (John), Aston, PA,  Theresa McKenna, Norristown, PA,  Jane McKenna (Mark Von Zech) Kennett Square, PA; nieces and nephews, Michael O’Connor (Christi) Eagleville, PA, James O’Connor, Aston, PA.,  Elizabeth Houser (Ron), Aston, PA,  John Muschelli  III,Baltimore, MD.,  Kelly Boland (Richard) Media, PA, Daniel Gardner (Cassia) of Arlington, TX, Keri Weber of Stockbridge, MI; grand nieces and nephews, Kayla O’Connor, Justin and Morgan Houser, Hannah and Skylan Kosluk, and Declan Boland.

His funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, November 24th at 10:3AM at St. Joseph’s Church in Aston, PA.  Friends and family are invited for visitation from 9:30-10:30AM in church.  Inurnment will follow in SS Peter & Paul Cemetery.

5 thoughts on “Daniel J. McKenna – 11/4/2021

  • By Jane Baker on

    Lovely obit for a lovely soul

  • By Donna Fragale@ on

    Danny grew up the street from me. He was always outside playing basketball,or up around Johns with his friends whom are also a lot of then passed away. But he was shy is what I remember most about him and always an Irish gentlemen. He had a heart of gold . he will be missed. Hugs and prayers to the McKenna Family

  • By Maryanne Esslinger on

    My Heart Thoughts and Prayers Go Out To Entire Family May God Give You All The Strength To Get Through This Very Hard and Sad Time 🙏🏻🙏🏻❤️ Danny was a very nice guy and a had a great sense humor, he was also such a gentleman God Rest Your Soul Till We Meet Again My Friend ❤️😇🍀

  • By Ann Marie McKenna on

    I know that you are in a better place with your mom and dad and a whole lot of relatives. Aunt El and Uncle Jim so loved all your visits, it really made them feel good. You will surely be missed.
    Eternal Rest in Peace.

  • By Mary Muschelli on

    We love you and wish you eternal Happiness in Heaven.
    You will be sorely missed. You were my baby brother but you never were quite so small, always huge in stature but bigger in the life stories you told. We will miss you forever. Prayers and Hugs to you my brother. Love, Marybeth and John

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