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Charles McNamara

1923 - 2013 SHEFFIELD Charles E. McNamara, 89, longtime resident, passed away March 3, 2013, at Laurel Lake Nursing Facility in Lee.

Born March 30, 1923 in Jamaica, N.Y., he was the son of Joseph and Elsie Dorn McNamara.

An Army veteran of World War II, Charlie served from 1942 - 1945. He was the recipient of the European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal with three Bronze Stars.

Mr. McNamara married his first wife, the former Anne Zimmer, on Nov. 22, 1950. Together Charlie, Anne and their daughters moved to Sheffield in 1961 to help run the Ivanhoe Country House. In 1964 he started working at Custom Extrusion.

Anne died Feb. 25, 1990.

A communicant of Our Lady of the Valley Church, he served as an usher for over 20 years and was a member of the Steering Committee to form Our Lady of the Valley Parish Council, serving as its first vice president.

Charlie was a former member of the Sheffield Fire Department, the Sheffield Town Building Committee, vice president of the Sheffield Cemetery Association and a former member of the Sheffield Kiwanis Club where he was vice president and a director.

Charlie is survived by his three daughters, Barbara Doyle, Susan Fahey and Patricia Drinkwater; three stepdaughters, Leslie Lee, Linda Baier and Dixey Nunes; six grandchildren, Meghan, Erin, Ryan, Kimberly, Katie and Elisabeth; six great-grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren and seven step-great-grandchildren.

Along with his first wife, Anne, he was also predeceased by his second wife, Mary "Bette" McNamara; by his brother, J. Robert McNamara, and by his sister, Mary E. Bartolomeo.

FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services will be held Friday, March 8, 2013, at 1 p.m. at FINNERTY & STEVENS FUNERAL HOME in Great Barrington, conducted by the Rev. Arthur Kaufman. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Sheffield Center Cemetery. There will be no calling hours.

Donations in his memory may be made to the through FINNERTY & STEVENS FUNERAL HOME, 426 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230, who is caring for the arrangements. To view the full obituary or to leave remembrances for the family go to www.finnertyandstevens.com
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Mar. 6, 2013
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