CHATHAM - Jake Michael McNamara, 18, of Chatham, formerly of Sherman, passed away at 11:44 p.m. Thursday, July 29, 2010, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Services to celebrate Jake's life will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 3, 2010, at Cherry Hills Baptist Church, 2125 Woodside Road, Springfield, Illinois, 62711. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Monday, August 2, 2010, at the church.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made Williamsville Vocal Music Boosters. Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home in Decatur is assisting the family with these arrangements. Online memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.gracelandfairlawn.com.
Jake was born October 30, 1991, in St. Louis, the son of Mike and Barbara (Hailey) McNamara. He was a 2010 graduate with honors from Williamsville High School. He was enrolled at SIU Carbondale this fall on a full scholarship to study film. He was an IL State Scholar, member of NHS, and a recipient of the President's Award for Academics. Jake was an active member of the WHS vocal department, participating in the Vocal Jazz Choir that sang for President Obama and serving as the King of the Madrigals. He also performed in the school musicals excelling as the voice of Audrey II in the Lil' Shop of Horrors.
Jake was a strong student leader, serving as class president for three years at WHS and a member of the Beta Club at WJHS. Jake's passion was for film. His dream was to direct and produce movies after graduating from SIUC. He had a plethora of knowledge concerning all aspects of film producing. He was also and accomplished bass player, vocalist, and song writer.
He leaves behind his mother, Barbara of Chatham; father, Mike of Decatur; sister, Hailey of Chatham; grandparents, Ruth Crandell of Springfield and Mike and Martha McNamara of Decatur; girlfriend, Kayla; several aunts, uncles and cousins; and many friends who will miss him.
Jake was greeted in heaven by his grandpa, Robert Hailey and step-grandpa, George Crandell.
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