EMMETT F. McNAMARA

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McNAMARA--Emmett Francis, Esq., of Bay Shore, NY, and New Smyrna Beach, FL., a practicing attorney for 50 years, and one of the oldest-living former FBI agents in the United States, died in Vero Beach, FL on January 8, 2013 peacefully surrounded by his children at the age of 103 years old. He centered his life on family, friends and community, and always credited a vibrant Catholic faith for sustaining him, particularly in difficult times. Mr. McNamara was also the oldest graduate of St. John's University School of Law, New York. He was born on August 30, 1909 in Manhattan, the son of Richard and Anna Conmy McNamara. Mr. McNamara obtained his J.D. from St. John's University School of Law in Brooklyn (1936) and applied for admission to the Federal Bureau of Investigation the following year. He served as an FBI agent for 14 years and sole resident agent for the state of Maine, based in Portland. He was transferred to the FBI's New York City office (1939-43), then to Bay Shore, Long Island as the first resident agent of Suffolk County (1943-51). In 1951, he retired from the Bureau and began a law practice in Bay Shore, serving as an active attorney there for 50 years. He was appointed special assistant to the United States Attorney General for two years (1952 and 1953). After practicing law alone for several years, Mr. McNamara was joined by the Hon. Robert Webster Oliver in the firm of McNamara & Oliver, where they remained partners for more than 25 years. During his career, Mr. McNamara was involved and served in leadership positions with many civic, community and church-related organizations. He was predeceased by his two wives: Mary Holland McNamara and Ursula Daly Amend McNamara; and sons: Emmett, Richard and Vincent McNamara, and John Amend. He is survived by daughters: Maryann Christie (and William J.), of Vero Beach, FL. and Osterville, MA.; Patricia Moser (and Kevin McCarthy), of Princeton, NJ.; Cathleen Callahan (and William J.), of Cold Spring Harbor, NY.; Ursula Morris (and Fred Winston), of Guilford, CT.; and sons, J. Paul McNamara (and Jill), of Bethesda, MD.; and Daniel Amend (and Judy), of Tarpon Springs, FL.; as well as 15 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren, all of whom remain deeply inspired by the legacy he has left. The family will receive friends on Thursday, January 17, from 3-7pm, at St. Patrick Church, 9 North Clinton Ave., Bay Shore, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated the following day at 12 noon at St. Patrick Church. A private family burial will be held at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Coram, NY later that weekend. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to: St. Patrick School Scholarship Fund, Montauk Highway, Bay Shore, NY 11706; or VNA Hospice House, 901 37th St., Vero Beach, FL 32960.

Published in The New York Times on Jan. 13, 2013
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