James "Jim" P. McNamara

1947 ~ 2022 (age 74)


James P. McNamara “Jim” passed away peacefully on June 16, 2022 at 74 years old while surrounded by his family. Residing in Pickerington, Ohio, Jim spent a wonderful life married to his loving wife, of 50 years, Linda by his side. Together they raised their son, Dave (Shannon), and daughter, Jackie (Bryce). Jim is also survived by his six grandchildren Hanna, Tyler, Ava, Sophia, Grace, and Sean.

Jim was born in Buffalo, NY in 1947 and also raised in Buffalo. He was a beloved son of the late Vincent and Veronica McNamara. Jim graduated from Hutchinson-Central Technical High School in Buffalo and received the highest achievement with the Boy Scouts of American as an Eagle Scout. Ever the scholar, Jim completed an undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering from the General Motors Institute and his masters at University of Buffalo in Speech and Communication.

Jim was seen as a humble servant leader both in his professional life and within the community. He started his career at Chevrolet Buffalo as a project manager and continued his progression into leadership working for a number of companies including GE Nuclear, Volkswagen, and Borden Chemical, before retiring with Excel Logistics. Jim achieved many honors during his professional career including a Project Management credited certification from PMI and a Production and Inventory Management certification from APICS. Within the community, Jim was actively involved in youth sports as the active President of the board, where he was instrumental in progressing the development of the baseball and soccer facilities for Pickerington.

Jim was known for always putting others before himself and having a great sense of humor regardless the situation. He had a strong faith, loved helping others in need, was the best storyteller, and his smile was contagious. Jim is deeply loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. A celebration of his life will be held at a later time. In lieu of flowers, Jim’s family requests that donations be made to OSUCCC- James to create a cancer free world ( Arrangements under the care of Cotner Funeral Home, Reynoldsburg.

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