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John "Fumb" McNamara

Clinton - John M. "Fumb" McNamara, 68, died on Thursday, January 3, 2019 at Rose Monahan Hospice Home. John is survived by his wife of over 47 years, Doreen (Valerio) McNamara, his sons, Philip Adam and his husband Christopher Hartmann of Washington, D.C., and Justin Albert and his wife Ashley of Clinton, his sisters, Anne Mayberry and her husband Donnie, and Mary Gorman, his sisters-in-law, Jessica Scottfenton and Charlene McNamara. Last, but certainly not least, he also leaves his beloved granddaughter Sloane McNamara, the gorgeous little girl who inspired him to soldier on during his two plus years of battling cancer caused by recurring sarcomas. He is also survived by his five nephews, Peter, Paul, Mark, Ryan, Michael and his niece Meredith, along with many cousins. He was pre-deceased by his brother Owen M. McNamara, mother-in-law Dora Valerio, and brother-in-law Allan J. Valerio.

John was born in Clinton in 1950, son of the late Albert L. "Abe" McNamara and Mary (Duffy) McNamara. He graduated from Notre Dame High School in Fitchburg and earned his Associates Degree in Fire Safety Technology from Mt. Wachusett Community College. John served with the Massachusetts Army National Guard attached to Company A of the 110th Armored Battalion from 1970-1976. Having inherited a strong work ethic from his dad, Fumb managed to work a number of part-time jobs around and after his full-time employment with the Clinton Housing Authority and later with the Clinton Fire Department. During his 28 year tenure with the CFD, he truly loved and took pride in his positions as Senior Fire Captain and EMS Ambulance Coordinator for the Town of Clinton. Following his retirement from the CFD, he continued employment with the Worcester County Sheriff's Dept., where he had worked for more than 20 years as a part-time Correction Officer and Fire Safety Officer at the Worcester County Jail and House of Correction, having ultimately served under four different Sheriffs. From 2007-2017, Fumb was fortunate to work as the part-time Property Manager at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Parish in West Boylston. John was also active in civic and political affairs and was privileged to have served as an elected member of the Clinton Housing Authority from 1985-1990, and as a Clinton Selectman from 1990-1993, in what he describes as both a rewarding but frustrating experience, and declaring his term as a "needless self-inflicted wound." He then was elected to the Clinton Retirement Board and served for more than twenty-one years until his death. The grandson of four Irish immigrants, he was proud to have received a Shillelagh award from the Clinton Leprechaun Society in 2000, and then, in 2004, most proud to have been selected as the first recipient of the annual Martin H. McNamara, V Public Safety Award, awarded in the memory of his cousin Marty. He was a member of St. John The Guardian of Our Lady Parish, the IAFF, PFFM, Ancient Order of Hibernians, Clinton Lodge of Elks and the Wachusett Country Club, where he was able to score an elusive hole-in-one on the fourth hole in November of 2010. He was also a thoroughbred horse racing enthusiast and will miss his annual summer trips to Saratoga Racecourse in the company of his friends Ed, Fran and Phil. John and his family would like to express special thanks to his long-time pulmonologist Dr. M. Kathryn Steiner of New England Baptist Hospital and to Dr. Susan Donohue of St. Vincent's Cancer and Wellness Center for their kind compassionate care, and to the team of skillful RNs in the chemotherapy infusion unit, and all at Rose Monahan Hospice Home, who treated John with lots of TLC. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 from the Philbin-Comeau Funeral Home, 176 Water St., Clinton, with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10AM in St. John the Evangelist Church, 80 Union St., Clinton, and burial to follow in St. John's Cemetery, Lancaster. Calling hours will be held in the funeral home on Monday, January 7, 2019 from 4 until 7PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John's Food for the Poor, 44 Temple St., Worcester, MA 01604. With nothing but time on his hands and aware of his fate in life as determined by his merciful Lord, this obituary was penned by Fumb.

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Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Jan. 5 to Jan. 11, 2019
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