James John McKernan, a longtime resident of Clinton Township, died peacefully on January 26, 2021 surrounded by the love of his family. He was 88 years old.
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Jim was born on October 13, 1932 in Detroit to John Joseph and Loretta (nee Hemmen) McKernan. He attended Assumption Grotto Elementary before attending St. Anthony High School. After graduating, he attended Macomb Community College. Jim met his loving wife, Maureen Theresa Brennan and the couple exchanged vows on May 10, 1958 at St. Raymond Catholic Church of Detroit. The couple made their home in Clinton Township in 1963 and they were blessed with four beautiful children of whom they loved and cherished. His family always came first, and he made sure his children were raised with Catholic values in a loving home. From a young age, Jim had a strong work ethic and held many jobs throughout his young adulthood. Jim began work in the Manufacturing Development Group as a metal casting technician at the General Motors Technical Center in Warren in 1965 and retired after 30 years of dedicated service in 1995. He also ran his own business, Jim’s Lift Truck Service, for many years. Jim was a very dedicated father and member of his church and community. He devoted over 20 years to Cub and Boy Scouts, serving as a Cubmaster and as an Assistant Scoutmaster. Jim was a member of the St. Joseph’s High School Dad’s Club for over 55 years, and served the last 15 years as the club’s President. Throughout his life he enjoyed tinkering with cars, bowling, fishing, boating and taking vacations with his family which created countless memories for all of them. Jim was a hardworking and dedicated family man who selflessly made sure his family had everything they needed. He had an immense ability to problem solve and fix just about anything. Many neighbors and friends would borrow tools and seek advice on how to fix things over the years. Unbeknownst to many, Jim suffered from Crohn’s Disease for over 70 years. Nevertheless, his strong spirit and faith guided him through his struggles with this life changing disease. He was a truly courageous man who would let nothing stop him, even into the final days of his life. His smile and kindness will truly be missed , but memories of him will continue on in all who loved him.
Jim is the beloved husband of 59 years to the late Maureen; dearest father of John (Kim), Matthew (Linda), Maureen and Terrence (Carrie); cherished grandfather of Christen (Tim) Schram, Johnny-deceased, and Matthew; and loving great grandfather of Declan and Teagan Schram. He is also loved by his Step-Grandchildren Michael (Danielle) Hart, Kaitlyn (Shady) Haddad, Megan and Kara Hart, and great grandchildren Jack, Julie, and Lena Haddad and Barrett and Colt Hart. Jim is predeceased by his brother Terrence (Dorothy), sister Barbara (Jerry-deceased) Tess, brother Thomas (Patricia), and sister Mary. He is survived by sister Kathleen ( Ray-deceased) Staskowski, and brother Daniel (Billie).
Visitation will be held at Faulmann & Walsh Golden Rule Funeral Home, 32814 Utica Road, Fraser, Monday, February 1, 2021 from 2pm - 8pm with a 7pm Rosary.
Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 11am at St. Thecla Catholic Church with additional visitation starting at 10:30am.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be addressed to the St. Jude Children's Hospital or the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.
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