Joseph A. McKenna III

Date of Passing:

May 28, 2020

McKenna, Joseph A. III, 65, of Circuit Drive, Riverside, died unexpectedly at home on May 28, 2020.

Born in Providence, a son of the late Joseph A. McKenna Jr. and Madeline (Walsh) McKenna, he was a lifelong resident of Riverside.

Mr. McKenna was a graduate of Providence College Class of 1977.

Joseph was a Certified Personal Trainer for the past 20 years.

A sports enthusiast, he was a devoted New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox and Providence College Basketball fan. He enjoyed golfing and sailing.

He is survived by three sisters, Christine Bingham of Warren, Coleen Welch of Warren and Kerri Lemos of Riverside and five nieces and nephews, Tim Tait, Bryan Tait, Melissa Lemos, Scott Lemos and A.J. Lemos. He was the brother of the late Paul J. McKenna.

A Private Family Funeral Service will be held in the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside followed by Burial in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Online Condolences


  1. To Joes family my belated condolences. He was a High School buddy and we had our share of stories to hold and treasure.
    “Only the Good Die Young”, RIP

  2. I am shocked and sad. I will miss my friend, confidant and trainer. I will think of Joe often, hearing music working out and smelling cigars. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. Gone too soon.

  3. Joey McKenna was one of the great people from Riverside who I knew for 60 years. You will be truly missed and your old friend Jackie Conley was so sad to hear of your passing from my brother Timmy. May you rest in peace, my good friend.

  4. It’s nice to see all the familiar names here. Joe obviously had a great circle of quality friends. My wife and I were lucky to be included in the group. Whenever I saw Joe there was always fun going on, but life will be a little less fun now.
    So condolences to everybody, and to his family.

  5. I am so sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. A great guy. My deepest sympathy to his family and friends.

  6. I am going to miss my morning workouts with Joe. He and I had some great times listening to the GD and talking about life, politics and science. He was just a great guy. My condolences to his family and friends. Rest In Peace Joe.

  7. To Joe’s family, May he Rest In Peace

  8. Joe was one of the best trainers I ever worked with. Always fun and very knowledgeable in his field. I will miss him terribly. He was a great guy with a wonderful sense of humor and made training fun. We’ve lost a wonderful person.

  9. A lifelong friend who I had the good fortune of getting to know better the past several years. The Corner Boys are less in number but fortified in spirit from Joe’s friendship. If there is an afterlife Joe and our buddy Bobby Scanlon are waiting for us with a grand reunion. RIP my friend

  10. So sad to hear the news about Joe. Peace and condolences to his family. Joe made a distinct difference in my life, not only how to take care of my body but how to take care of my soul. He will be missed.

  11. Joe was the best and he will be missed by many. Thanks for saving my life way back in the day. You will be forever remembered. Rest in Peace, my friend.

  12. ?? Great guy, going to miss our conversations and laughs together.

  13. Sorry for your loss. Joe was a great man and helped me out a lot. I will light a cigar in his honor. Rest in piece.

  14. Christine, Coleen and Kerri: I mourn the passing of your brother, one of the best friends I’ve ever had. Eternal rest is Joe’s, and my sympathy is yours. May God rest his soul.

  15. Joe was a great guy and loyal friend to many. I am saddened by his loss and for his family’s loss. He was an original. We will miss his dry “Irish” wit which always seemed to put things in perspective. I, as I’m sure many others do, considered him to be a great friend who will be sorely missed.

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