It is with immense heartache that we announce the passing of Brian McKenna of Crowsnest Pass, Alberta. Brian was called home into the arms of our Lord on December 16, 2021 and was blessed with 67 years of a full and meaningful life.
Earl Brian McKenna was born on February 16, 1954 in Lethbridge, Alberta to proud parents, Betty and Earl McKenna. He was raised with a respect for family, faith, community and the rights and freedoms of this great nation. He was meticulous, determined, intelligent and hard-working. Brian was always more of an action guy than a reaction guy. His gentle spirit and charismatic charms won the heart of a lovely young lady, Darlene Farkash, and they pledged their love in holy matrimony on August 4, 1979. They moved to the Crowsnest Pass in 1985 and made it their home to raise a family.
Brian accepted the call to be a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and provided safety and guidance to several communities for 32 years. He was privileged to be a member of the United Nations for two tours in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1993 and again in 1998. He was a Volunteer Supply Officer for the 2309 Army Cadet Corp. and member of the Legion Branch No. 19 in Bellevue, Alberta. Brian’s list of awards and accolades are incredible but he was not a man who focused on his accomplishments but on the people around him. His passion was in helping others and sharing moments of joy and laughter with family and friends. He loved to discover a new pub or gathering place to enjoy live music and “appies” with those he loved. He also enjoyed camping in all seasons, hunting, fishing, traveling to warmer climates, action movies, military history and vehicles, airplanes and airshows, garage parties around the holidays but most of all, precious time spent with his family. Our community is suffering a great loss with Brian’s passing but he will forever be fondly remembered and always admired.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Darlene of Bellevue, AB; his cherished daughter, Jillian (Shaun) of Edmonton, AB; his precious granddaughter, Octavia; his brothers, Kevin (Faye) of Crowsnest Pass, AB and Darrell (Mindy) of Laclede ID, USA; and his extended family and numerous friends. He was predeceased by his parents, Earl & Betty McKenna.
A private family gathering with fond memories and prayers was held at Fantin’s Funeral Chapel. The Memorial Service honouring Brian’s life will be announced in the new year when pandemic restrictions are more relaxed. Condolences may be registered at www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca. Donations in memory of the late Earl Brian McKenna may be directed to the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 19 in Bellevue.
Fantin’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with arrangements. (403) 562-8555
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