James L. McNamara, Sr., Jim of Acton, Maine, formerly of Arlington and Dorchester, MA, December 19th, 2012, surrounded by his loving family. Jim was the third child of Patrick McNamara of Roscommon, Ireland and Katherine (Cleary) McNamara of Ballynacally, County Clare, Ireland. His parents came to America in the early 1900s and settled in Dorchester where Jim was born on August 19, 1931. He had a brother, Francis and a sister, Katherine Janie. He attended local schools in Dorchester where he received his diploma before entering the U.S. Army to fight in the Korean War. Jim was taught to type while in the Army and spent most of his military service in Japan where he worked at decoding messages. After returning home from the service Jim went to work with his father at the Wool Factory. Later he would go to work at the Luckenbach Steamship Company in Boston, where he met and later would marry Lois M. Borden. They married in 1956 and had five children. They spent most of their years in Arlington while Jim spent many years working at Export Express. He was a proud member of the Irish American and The American Legion. It was Jims love of the water that would take him and his family to Acton, Maine where they spent many summers and eventually he and Lois would move there permanently. Jim loved having family and friends visit him at the lake. Jim was very proud of his Irish roots and the traditions passed down to him from his parents. Though he only got to travel to Ireland twice in his lifetime to visit relatives and see where his parents came from, he kept in touch by writing to family and friends. One of the things Jim enjoyed most about Ireland was its music. If there is one memory his children have, it would be of him listening to the Irish Hour on the radio every Saturday. His kids would often joke, The Irish must not be able to tell time because this Irish Hour is an all day affair. Jim enjoyed sharing his knowledge and history of Ireland with anyone and everyone who was willing to listen, especially around St. Patricks Day. He had a great sense of humor. Jim is survived by his four children: Barbara Heasley and her husband Tom, Audrey Imlach and her husband Bruce, James Jay McNamara, Jr., and Paula Hutchins and her husband Robert. His four grandchildren, Christopher and Kerri Heasley and Amanda and Robert Hutchins, II, and many nieces, nephews, family and friends. The family wishes to thank Dr. Joseph Wight, Dr. Michael Akom, Dr. Mukesh Bhargava and Pam Fiske. Jim will be laid to rest on April 19, 2013 at 2:00 pm at The Southern Maine Veterans Cemetery, 83 Stanley St., Springvale, Maine. Family and friends are invited to attend. Arrangements handle by the Rogers & Hutchins Funeral Home, 292 Mass Ave. Arlington.
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Published in The Arlington Advocate from Apr. 12 to Apr. 19, 2013