John P. McNamara


John P. McNamara, 83, entered into eternal rest on December 31, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. Born in the Bronx, NY in 1935 to the late Rodger and Katie (Boyle) McNamara, John graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School in 1953 before proudly serving in the United States Marine Corps until 1958. He was a plankowner on the then newly-commissioned USS Saratoga CV-60 where he was privileged to serve as an orderly to President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Upon discharge, John entered the New York City Transit Police force before moving to upstate New York where he worked as a Federal Police Officer in Albany and transferred to a division of the Internal Revenue Service in Latham before retiring in 1997. John was once Marshal of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, a longtime volunteer for the Somers Fire Department, and a lifelong member of the Knights of Columbus.

John will be long remembered for his charismatic personality, his operatic spinto-tenor voice, and his unwavering Catholic faith and devotion to the Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet. Additionally, his memory will be preserved when “Old Man River” is heard, an Abbott and Costello movie is watched, or when a Marine Corps flag is unfurled.

John is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary, and his five children, John Patrick (Margaret) McNamara, Jr. of Stafford, VA; Maureen (Robert) Pelletier of Ballston Spa; Kathryn (Steven) Schwartz of Mount Kisco; Michael (Kate) McNamara of Marietta, GA; and Erin McNamara of Scotia. He is also lovingly survived by his thirteen grandchildren, Brian, Joseph, Michael, Quincy, Ryan, Gregory, Sean, Clancy, Katie, Liam, Olivia, Declan, and Sullivan, for whom he loved to dress as Santa Pops each Christmas, as well as four great-grandchildren, Lily, Abby, Becket, and Logan.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, January 3 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Reverend Francis R. Vivacqua at St. Mary’s Church, Ballston Spa, at 8:30am on Friday, January 4 and will be followed by burial with military honors at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John’s name to EWTN, Birmingham, Alabama.

Semper Fi, Mac.

Guest Book

Rosemary Therese Reid

Maureen, I just learned today about John's death. I have missed seeing you and John at Auriesville for the past three summers. My deepest condolences to you and to all the family. Holy Masses will be celebrated for the repose of his soul. May John rest in eternal peace!

Colleen (Dunbar) Mullen

I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of such a great man. You have all been in my prayers the last couple of weeks. Although we don't live by each other, know that I love you all and will continue to keep you in my prayers.

Wally and Jean Decker

We will miss him very much. We loved sharing family gatherings with all of you.
Love you John

Gene Clerkin

Rest in peace, Uncle John.

Viviane Strain

TKC
My deepest condolences to the whole family. John will never be forgotten; I'll never forget the day I was praying in front of the pilgrim image of our Lady of Guadalupe and even though I did not know him then, he came to me and gave me our lady's prayer card and told me that whatever is upsetting me our Lady will take care of it. She did; my grandson was baptized a year later on the feast day of our Lady of Guadalupe under miraculous conditions. John was a prophet to me that day. May he rest in our Mother's arms and on our Savior's Heart. He will be greatly missed.

Robert (Bo) Olsen

Semper Fi John may you rest in peace.
I knew John from dating his sister in the Bronx, and many years later in the Somers Volunteer Fire Department. I offer my deepest sympathy to the family on the passing of John.

I know when John got to heaven to St. Peter he would tell "ANOTHER MARINE REPORTING SIR, I'VE SERVED MY TIME IN HELL."

Mel Clerkin

Dear Mary, JP, Maureen, Kara, Michael & Erin: I will always remember how kind and caring John was to me and his memory will always be in my heart. Sending prayers and love and wish you peace and healing.

Robert H. Ruston

On behalf of the membership of the Somers Volunteer Fire Department, sincere and genuine condolences Mary, and to your children. We certainly have missed John over the past many years. May he now rest in peace within God's heavenly kingdom.
R. Ruston, Chaplain

Edwin J. Byrnes Jr., President, Somers V.F.D. Benevolent Asso.

The old time members of the Somers Volunteer Fire Department lost a good brother with John's passing. May he rest in peace.

Lorraine Williams and family

I worked with John in Latham during the nineties. He shared some of his law enforcement career experiences in the city and his heritage. I will remember his faith in God, his kindness, his strength, his wit and he was a great Santa. My heartfelt condolences to all that loved him. May he rest in peace

Catherine A Kriehn

Peace be with you all in knowing he is resting peacefully and pain free in the loving kingdom of Our Lord. Deepest condolences to you all

Dottie Kinzel

My deepest sympathy to all of John's family. He was one of a kind and deeply loved by his family. He will be missed. May wonderful memories sustain you in this time of sorrow.

Margaret McNamara

Such an incredible loss to all who loved him. Rest in peace and may the angels guide you to paradise.