William H. McKenna, of Windsor Locks, entered eternal rest on Friday (January 26, 2007) at St. Francis Hospital. He was born March 20, 1920, in Windsor Locks, to Michael and Elsie McKenna in his family's farmhouse on Spring St.. He had to quit elementary school to help support his family during the Great Depression. He worked on his family's farm growing vegetables and raising poultry, as well as working in local paper mills into his mid-twenties (1933-1945). He then entered the tool and die field and became a machinist, working for Hartford area companies from 1945-1950. For the next 33 years he worked for Hamilton Standard, a division of United Technologies in Windsor Locks. On May 10, 1952 he married Florence Wadsworth and they shared a loving life together for the next 46 years. Together they raised two sons, Michel and Kevin. They enjoyed their family vacations at Lake Winnipesaukee, Lake George, and Hampton Beach; hosting large barbeques for their extended family; and holding regular card games. During his career, he became a Master Machinist, and was assigned to the most challenging projects and experimental machining. In the most important assignment of his career, he and an associate completed the mechanical parts used in the life support systems worn in the backpacks by the Apollo II astronauts who made the first mission to the moon in July 1969. They personally met with Neil Armstrong and the crew after their return from the moon. The astronauts thanked them for their work, and told them their voyage. Mr. McKenna retired in 1982. He has lived in his home on Suffield Street in Windsor Locks since 1953. As a Dad in the 1960's, he was very involved as a Little League and Babe Ruth league coach and umpire. He was particularly proud of his team the Red Sox, who became Little League champions in 1965 and 1966. His players still fondly remember him as their coach. He was also very involved in the Cub Scouts as the leader of Pack 84 for several years. He was an accomplished trout fisherman, as well as an active participant in town zoning issues. He was a natural at fixing and building things, and enjoyed caring for his home. He was very proud of his flower and vegetable gardens, and was best known for his delicious tomatoes, which he sold to local restaurants. He also gave them away to friends, neighbors, and passerby. He doted on his dog Pups, and most recently shared his home with his beloved dog Pal. He is survived by his two sons, Michael and his wife, Sharon of Portland, ME and Kevin of New York City, as well as his cherished granddaughter, Erin and grandson Sam of Portland, ME. He was predeceased by his parents, Michael and Elsie McKenna, his step mother, Sylvia McKenna and two brothers and two sisters. Relatives and friends will gather Monday at 9:15 a.m. at the Windsor Locks Funeral Home, 441 Spring St., Windsor Locks, for a procession to St. Mary Church where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Interment will be in Springdale Cemetery, Warehouse Point. His family will receive friends Sunday, from 2-5 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial donations are suggested to the Windsor Locks Little League c/o Chris Kervick, 100 Paul Dr., Windsor Locks, CT 06096. Please visit www.windsorlocksfunera lhome.com to leave a message of condolence or for directions.