James Michael McNamee

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James Michael McNamee

AGE: 67 • New Vernon

James Michael McNamee, 67, of New Vernon, NJ and Naples, FL, passed away suddenly, with his family by his side, on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013 at Morristown Medical Center following a fall in his home. Jim was born in Denver, CO to James and Ann McNamee. He attended J. K. Mullen High School on a full academic/athletic scholarship and graduated from Regis University, Denver, CO. He received an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University where he was the recipient of the Pinnacle Award. In 1968, Jim joined the Denver office of Hooper Holmes as an inspector. His performance led to a promotion transferring him to the corporate offices in Morristown in 1970 where he worked under John Roth to improve marketing and financial strategies. In 1972 he was elected to head a new department as Project Manager of new businesses. In this role he created a new service, Portamedic. He could not have dreamed that one day he would lead Hooper Holmes and be dependent almost exclusively upon Portamedic as a principal source of the Company. In 1977 he assumed the role of Vice President, Life & Health Services. In 1978 he was named Senior Vice President, and in 1982 he was appointed General Manager, Western Division. His performance led to the expansion of the division to embrace all areas west of the Mississippi River. In 1983 Jim was elected President and COO, and the company started to gear up for a first public offering. In 1984 Jim was elected President and CEO. In this position he successfully completed the first public offering which enabled the Company to expand into areas of new businesses. In 1996, upon the death of Chairman Frederick D. King, Jim assumed the role of President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board. During his tenure Hooper Holmes grew to become the leading and most respected business in the industry. He remained in this position until 2005. In 2006 he formed a new company, The Maryknoll Group. In 2007 The Maryknoll Group purchased O'Sullivan Communications, a prominent international company in the field of translating and printing. Mr. McNamee's business philosophy and the success he enjoyed at Hooper Holmes and The Maryknoll Group were an extension of his personal character. A man of deep integrity, Jim built his career on the belief that treating people fairly, telling the truth, working hard and doing things the right way would be rewarded in business and in life. He loved Hooper Holmes and O'Sullivan Communications, all who worked there, and all they accomplished. He served on the Board of Directors of Hooper Holmes, New York Stock Exchange and the NASDAQ. He also was on the Board of Directors of Summit Speech School, Tri-County Scholarship Fund, St. Elizabeth's College, Regis University, Council Board of the University of Notre Dame, Delbarton School, Project Acorn, The Red Cross, American Cancer Society, and Fairleigh Dickinson University. He was a member of Spring Brook County Club, Baltusrol Golf Club and Naples National. He was a faithful parishioner at Church of Christ the King. He coached his children in little league, soccer, basketball and hockey. Jim wore many hats, but his most favorite were husband, father, and grandfather.

Mr. McNamee was predeceased by his parents; his infant son, Michael; his wife's parents, Eileen and Bernard Rooney; his brother-in-law, Kevin. He is survived by his wife, Patricia (Rooney); three sons, Todd of New Vernon, Ryan and his wife Beth of Chester, and Sean of Hoboken, and his cherished granddaughters, Jenna and Kate. He also had a special relationship with his niece, Sheila Cox and nephew, Ted O'Shea. Also survived by his sister-in-law, Eileen Cox (Edward Roeloffs). Loving brother of Dick (Betty), Jack, and Margi (Brad) Miller; his nephews, Jeff and Scott Bredehoeft, and his nieces, Kara (Bryan) Strickler, Renee Miller and Danyelle Rooney.

Hours of visitation will be Sunday, February 3 from 2-6pm at Doyle Funeral Home, 106 Maple Avenue, Morristown, NJ. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Church of Christ the King, New Vernon on Monday, February 4 at 11 a.m. Interment will be at New Vernon Cemetery. Donations in his memory may be made to: Operation Smile, 6435 Tidewater Dr., Norfolk, VA 23509; The Summit Speech School, 705 Central Ave., New Providence, NJ 07974; Tri-County Scholarship Fund, 4 Century Dr., Parsippany, NJ 07054. For further information go to www.doylefh.com.

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106 Maple Ave. Morristown, NJ 07960
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Published in Daily Record on Feb. 1, 2013
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