Terrence William McKernan
April 8, 1923 – May 29, 2017
Terrence William McKernan, age 94, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully, on Monday, May 29, 2017.
Terrence was born in Cleveland, OH, on April 8, 1923, and was the son of the late Thomas and Mable (Shepherd) McKernan. He was a graduate of Lincoln High School in Ohio, where he was a standout track star. A proud veteran, Terrence served his country as a member of the U.S. Navy for 20 years. He later accepted a position as the Vice President of Administration with Peter D. Furness Electrical Company.
A passionate sports fan, Terrence co-founded the Todd-Scott Baseball League in 1972, where he served as a coach. He enjoyed staying active, was an avid runner throughout his life, and exercised daily well into his 90’s. A man of strong faith, he was a longtime parishioner of Holy Family Church in Newark and believed in the power of giving back to his community by supporting a wide variety of charities. A devoted husband, father, brother, grandfather, and great grandfather, Terrence will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sons, Timothy Earl McKernan and Paul Terrence McKernan; sisters, Eleanor Foster and Patricia A. Baker; grandson, Steven Paul; and a great grandson, Adryn A. Terrence is survived by his beloved wife, Margaret Elizabeth (Brown) McKernan; children, Michael T. McKernan (Bernadette) of Wayne, MI, Patricia L. Henderson of Newark, Susan L. McKernan of Newark, Laura A. Walker (Horace) of Newark, Christopher J. McKernan of Newark, and Peter L. McKernan (Sherry) of Nashville, TN; twin brother, Thomas A. McKernan of TN; 18 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; and 1 great great grandson.
Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:30 am on Wednesday morning, June 7, 2017 at Holy Family R.C. Church, E. Chestnut Hill and Gender Roads, Newark, DE. Interment will be held privately in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear, DE.