John James McKenna, Jr.

October 4, 1963 ~ February 27, 2022 (age 58)


John James McKenna, Jr

Of Kensington, MD died February 26th 2022 at his home with his wife and family. he was 58.

He had been treated for pancreatic cancer since mid-December.  An accomplished Washington attorney, he was perhaps best remembered as a witty loving friend and father whose deep Catholic faith was rooted in action. 

John described himself as deeply blessed until the day he died. Having been raised by  wonderful parents with his beloved siblings, then joyously living his vocation as husband and father with complete devotion, he felt the hand of God surrounding him always.  DURING HIS COLLEGE YEARS HE VOLUNTEERED WITH Father Robert Thames in his parish in Juarez Mexico. In 2018 he travelled to Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in TOGO, West Africa. He was so grateful to witness how missionaries supported both human and spiritual needs in those they served. 

John was born in Washington, DC to J. James McKenna and Lois Dyer McKenna, who survive him. He grew up in Bethesda MD and graduated in 1986 from Saint Anselm College, Manchester NH . It was there where he had the fortune of meeting and falling in love with Meg Hoffner, whom he married in 1988. As joyous teammates, he and Meg raised four children, who survive him: Jack, Molly, Claire, and Charlie McKenna. They were his heart and deepest delight.

After graduating from Catholic University Columbia School of Law in 1990, he clerked for Judge Thomas Flannery at the US District Court for the District of Columbia. He was an associate at Schulman Rogers and McManus Schor Asmar and Darden. 

In 2010 he proudly helped found the law firm of Asmar, Schor, & McKenna, PLLC, along with his partners Chuck Asmar and Larry Schor, whom he loved and respected. Together they established a thriving practice, which continues. He took great pride in his firm’s work and deep integrity.

John was a parishioner of Holy Redeemer Church in Kensington MD since 1992. His parish family always nourished his faith, especially since the time of his cancer diagnosis. Their constant prayers, love, and support provided deep comfort and consolation as he fought cancer with characteristic grace and irrepressible humor

John was a humble man - unassuming and steadfast - and enjoyed life thoroughly. Whether he  was lobbing a tennis ball, trolling the Boca Grande shoreline for snook, or meticulously curating his legendary Christmas playlists, he lived his life with wonderment and found joy in every aspect of it. 

Along with his parents of Bethesda, MD , He is also survived by his sister,  Polly McKenna Cress and her husband, Richard Cress of Philadelphia, as well as his brother, Ross McKenna and his wife, Jennifer McKenna of Queen Creek AZ, and many nieces and nephews, whom he loved dearly. He was also a beloved brother in law and uncle to the entire extended Hoffner clan. 

Visitation Thursday March 3rd 4pm-7pm at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church Kensington MD; Mass of Christian Burial Saturday March 5th at 12 noon also at Holy Redeemer.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in John’s name to Togo Mission c/o HR 9705 Summit Ave Kensington MD 20895. Checks payable to HR, memo line: Togo


March 3, 2022

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Holy Redeemer Catholic Church
9705 Summit Avenue
Kensington, MD 20895

Mass of Christian Burial
March 5, 2022

12:00 PM
Holy Redeemer Catholic Church
9705 Summit Avenue
Kensington, MD 20895


Togo Mission c/o HR
9705 Summit Avenue, Kensingtont MD 20895

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