James J. McNamara, age 83, of Mayfield, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, October 1, 2019, at Ellis Hospital, Schenectady.
He was born June 17, 1936, in Leonardsville, NY, the son of the late Edward and Margaret McNamara. He was employed at the former Mohawk Cabinet as plant superintendent. He then started his own business, McNamara Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, where he acquired many, many friends for 50 years until he retired at the age of 80. He enjoyed many sports, including baseball, skiing, basketball and golf. He enjoyed attending every sporting event that his children and grandchildren were involved in. He loved the Great Sacandaga Lake, flying airplanes and trips to Disney World.
Jim is survived by his wife of 64 years, Patricia McNamara; eight children, Colleen McNamara, Jack McNamara (Kimberly), James P. McNamara (Gaynell), Jeffrey McNamara (Sue), Timothy McNamara (Tina), Judy McNamara (Tommy Benton), Scott McNamara (Denise), Brenda Balch (Robb); a sister, Dorothy Jones; 17 grandchildren, Megan, Shannon and Erin Hanby, Jesse, Jamie and Shawn McNamara, Christopher, Ryan and Jimmy McNamara, Mara, Stefanie and Abigail Balch, Kevin and Shea McNamara, Jonathan and Josh McNamara and Cassidy McNierney; three great-grandchildren, Rami McNamara, Caleb McNamara and Elin McNamara. Many nieces and nephews also survive.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers, Edward and George McNamara; and two sisters, Ann Gregory and Ruth Johnson.
The family will receive relatives and friends from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, October 5, at Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home, 51 Fremont Street, Gloversville, where a funeral service will follow at 4 p.m. with the Rev. Robert Lowenthal officiating.
Interment will take place at Mayfield Union Rural Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to the American Kidney Fund, 11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300, Rockville, MD 20852.
Online condolences to the family may be made at www.brbsfuneral.com.