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John Francis McnamaraVisitation Visiting hours for John Francis McNamara will be held at the Pelham Funeral Home, Inc., 64 Lincoln Avenue, Pelham, NY on Thursday, January 30, 2014 from 5-8pm
Funeral Graveside Service will be held at St. John's Cemetery, Lancaster, MA on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 12 noon
Interment St. John's Cemetery, Lancaster, MA
Born February 17, 1931
Died January 28, 2014
On the morning of January 28, 2014, John Francis McNamara passed away peacefully at his home of 47 years in Pelham NY. He was 82 years old. His passions for Art, Architecture, politics, music and reading were surpassed only by his love and devotion to his family, wife and friends.
John (Jack) was born in Chicago, IL to Roy and Mary McNamara on February 17, 1931. He was raised in Clinton, MA and settled in Pelham in 1966.
Realizing early on that he wanted to become an architect, Jack attended Columbia University in NY - one of the top architecture schools in the country. After serving in the U.S. Army in Germany in the OSS for 2 years, he returned to Columbia, finishing his architectural degree in 1957.
After graduating, Jack worked for Luckman Assoc., Copeland, Novak Isreal and Simmons P.C., and Edward Durell Stone, helping design and renovate several major shopping malls and landmark buildings including the Galleria Mall in White Plaines, NY, and the AMP Centre as far away as Sydney Australia.
Always fond of good food, good company and even a good argument, Jack was always willing to speak his mind and loved to share in a meal with family and friends.
Jack is survived by his four children, Lynn (Paul) Holbrook, John (Tracy) McNamara, Richard (Holly) McNamara, and Stephen, his loving wife Linda and her daughters Claire (Phil) Hundley and Lauren Temmler, and seven grandchildren: Ryan, William, Lindsay, Carly, Grace, John and Jake.
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