Kenneth P. “Kenny” McAllister, 70, of Auburn, and formerly of Holliston and West Roxbury, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 25, 2021 at Notre Dame Long Term Care, Worcester, after a prolonged decline in health.
He leaves behind his devoted wife and lifelong best friend, Therese M. (Moynihan) McAllister, of Auburn; their loving children, Ashleigh R. Sullivan and her husband Kevin, of Warwick, RI, and Adam T. McAllister and his fiancée Megan Porter, of Millis; two grandchildren, Reagan and Landon Sullivan, whom he adored; 12 siblings: Ann Getch and her partner John, of Florida, Richard McAllister, Jr. and his wife Julie, of Franklin, Thomas McAllister and his wife Carol, of Bellingham, Robert McAllister and his wife Marilyn, of Carver, Jeanne McAllister and her partner Ann Godin, of Falmouth, Patricia Caldwell and her husband Steven, of West Roxbury, Mary Newberg and her husband Rich, of Natick, William McAllister, of Norwood, Catherine McAllister, of West Roxbury, John McAllister and his wife Anita, of Walpole, Ruth Murphy and her husband Peter, of Dedham, and Elizabeth McAllister, of West Roxbury; along with many beloved nieces, nephews, friends, and coworkers.
Born in Boston, raised and educated in West Roxbury – Kenny was one of 13 children born to the late Richard G. McAllister, Sr. and Ruth (Campbell) McAllister. He grew up across the street from his best friend, and later, his wife of 33 years, Therese. The two shared a bond like no other, and always remained as close as when they were young. He graduated from Catholic Memorial High School, before getting a job at Stop & Shop to put himself through college. He went to school at night, after working during the day, and received his degree in Accounting from Bentley. What was meant to be a temporary position at Stop & Shop turned into a 47-year career, from which he retired as Floral Manager – a job that brought Kenny immense joy. When he wasn’t working, you could find him cheering on the Red Sox and Patriots with his constant companion, his chihuahua, Boss. Above all else, Kenny cherished the moments spent with his family, and his beloved grandchildren.
He will be remembered, by everyone who knew him, as a loyal, humble, gentle soul, who was always so kind, but knew how to be a good mediator. As Kenny would say, “It is, what it is.”
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 (www.stjude.org/donate).
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with the McAllister family from 6 – 8 PM on Thursday, September 30, 2021 at the BRITTON-WALLACE FUNERAL HOME, 91 Central St., Auburn, MA. His funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 AM on Friday, October 1, 2021 at St. Joseph’s Church, 189 Oxford St. N., Auburn. Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery.