FULTON — James “Hunk” McNamara, 86, a lifelong resident of Fulton, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Friday, Aug. 21, 2020.
Jim graduated from Fulton High School and attended Ithaca College. He served in the United States Army from 1954-1956 and was a retiree of Niagara Mohawk. He served honorably as Fulton’s Fifth Ward Alderman for 20 years. Jim was also a lifelong communicant of Immaculate Conception Church – Holy Trinity Parish.
Jim was an outstanding athlete and sports enthusiast. He was named to the Oswego County Basketball All Star Team in 1951 and as an avid golfer, twice shot his age.
Jim and wife, Marlene enjoyed their retirement by traveling to Europe several times, including four visits to Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Portugal and wintering in Myrtle Beach.
Jim was highly involved in church activities and had coached the parish boy’s CYO League basketball team.
Along with his passion for church and golf, Jim loved spending time with his family, his hometown, and Notre Dame sports.
Jim was known for his sense of humor, infectious laugh, and his ability to get along with people.
Jim is survived by his wife of 65 years, Marlene (DeRoo); sons, Timothy (Donna), Thomas (Cindy McArdell), Terence (Kim Wright); daughters, Michelle (Ron) Bullard and Donna (Bill) Kramp; sisters, Patricia Merritt and Norma (Ron) Broderick; brothers, Joseph (Sandra), Michael and Thomas; sisters-in-law, Donna (Robert) Dlugozima and Marjorie McNamara; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his father, Norman; mother, Margaret Eleanor; and brother, John.
Due to COVID-19, calling hours will be private.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, corner of Rochester and South Third streets in Fulton.
Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton, NY 13069.
Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.