John B McNamara

Born: Mon., Nov. 28, 1938
Died: Sat., Oct. 7, 2017


3:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Thu., Oct. 12, 2017
Location: Lehman, Reen, McNamara Funeral Home

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 AM Fri., Oct. 13, 2017
Location: St. Ignatius Church

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Age 78 of Chestnut Hill and Osterville, October 7, 2017, with his family by his side. The eldest son of the late Bernard S. and Marion V. (Cassidy) McNamara, he was born in Boston on November 28, 1938.   John was the devoted husband of Carole (Ward) McNamara. Together they shared and celebrated 55 years of marriage. They are the parents of four children, Donna McNamara and her husband Jonathan Sheetz of Mount Joy, PA, John, Jr., and his wife Katie (Molumphy) McNamara, Brian McNamara, both of Chestnut Hill and Cristin McNamara and her husband John Geraci of Newton. Affectionately known as “Papa” to his 9 grandchildren: Kevin McNamara and his wife Emily Bell of Charlestown, Jack, Michael, and Joseph McNamara of Chestnut Hill, Peter, Stephen and James Sheetz of Mount Joy, PA, and Tom and Caroline Geraci of Newton will truly miss him. He was the brother of the late Paul J. McNamara and wife Mary and brother of Robert McNamara and wife Alice.  

A third-generation funeral director, John owned and operated the McNamara Funeral Home which served the community for over 90 years. John graduated from Boston College High School in 1956 where he played both football and hockey. He went on to play hockey at Boston College, graduated in 1960, and continued to support the school he loved for many years.  

He served on the Brighton Board of Trade and as a director at the Greater Boston Bank. John was a member of Oyster Harbors and Charles River Country Clubs. His lifelong passions included golf, spending time on the water, and watching his children and grandchildren in their sporting events.  

Funeral from the Lehman Reen & McNamara Funeral Home Friday October 13th at 9 am.  Followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Ignatius of Loyola Church 28 Commonwealth Ave.  Chestnut Hill at 10:00am. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend.  Visiting Hours in the funeral home Thursday October 12th from 3-7 pm.  Interment at Holyhood Cemetery, Brookline.  

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in John's name to Franciscan Children's Hospital 30 Warren Street Brighton, MA 02135 or (

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B Montuori
   Posted Mon October 09, 2017

From the Heart was sent by Boston College classmates.

John and Katie - So sorry for your loss. We are praying for all of you. All our love, Your Boston College classmates - KD, Joanne, Maria, Sheila, Tara, Martha, Jen, Michelle

Richard Ward
   Posted Tue October 10, 2017

Heaven's Rest Basket was sent by Richard Ward and family.

Rest in peace and know we will never forget you. Richard Ward and family

Charles H Donners
   Posted Tue October 10, 2017
We lost a great person, Sorry for your lost The Donners family

Richard Gorman
   Posted Wed October 11, 2017
My sympathies to the McNamara Family. John was a wonderful person and will be missed.

Richard Fraher
   Posted Wed October 11, 2017
Carol and family,
I was saddened to hear of John's passing but also happy that his fight during the past couple of years came peacefully. His stubborn Irish allowed him to keep going. As you go through the next few days and weeks please focus on the great family memories. Acknowledge your loss but remember John was more about having fun watching his grandchildren in all they could and did do. He was a crazy proud "papa". To the children, continue taking care of your mother as you have. The next several days will be a challenge when you need to return to your schedules. I know he is in a good place cocktail in hand.

Mary and Mark Lynam
   Posted Thu October 12, 2017

Dear Carole and Family,
Our deepest sympathy is with you at this difficult time. John was an amazing friend, husband, father and grandfather. He was so dedicated to his children and grandchildren by the support he gave them through sports and family events. He was a strong person and had the will to live. He will be missed forever in time but will always be close in your memories! Our prayers will be with you and your family to stay strong during this difficult time.
With Love,
Mary and Mark

Ellen Donahue
   Posted Thu October 12, 2017
To the Family of John B. McNamara,
You and John are much in my prayers. My mother (Mary O'Brien Donahue) and his mother went to Emmanuel College together and remained friends all their lives. John buried my mother and two aunts, and I greatly appreciate his caring. Ellen

Marie and Don Foley, Jupiter, FL
   Posted Thu October 12, 2017
I became a neighbor of Marion and Bernie McNamara on Prince Street, J.P. in 1937 and we became fast friends both there and in their home on Surfside Road, North Scituate. I watched John, Paul and Bob grow up under the watchful eyes of their parents. Returning home after WWII I remember seeing Bobby for the first time--he was in a play pen on Surfside Road.
May God grant eternal rest to John, a wonderful friend from a great family