John J. McNamara Jr., 89, Riverside

John J. McNamara Jr., 89, Riverside


John J. McNamara Jr., 89, formerly of Burton Avenue, Riverside, died on February 18, 2014.  He was the husband of the late Catherine M. (Healy) McNamara. Born in Providence, a son of the late John J. and Margaret (Rose) McNamara, he lived in Riverside for 50 years.

Mr. McNamara was a lineman and meter diversion specialist for the former Narragansett Electric Co. for 35 years before retiring in 1986. He also was the owner & operator of J.J. McNamara & Son Inc. for 44 years.

Mr. McNamara was a United States Marine Corps Veteran serving as a Corporal in the 5th Division during World War II and was an Iwo Jima survivor.

He is survived by five sons; John J. McNamara III and his wife Linda of West Warwick, Stephen P. McNamara of Plainfield, Conn., David M. McNamara and his wife Nancy of North Attleboro, Mass., Thomas M. McNamara and his wife Karen of North Attleboro, Mass., and Robert J. McNamara and his wife Michele of North Dighton, Mass., a sister; Margaret Brennan of Warwick, 13 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

His funeral was held on Saturday, Feb. 22, from the W. Raymond Watson Funeral Home, 350 Willett Ave., Riverside with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Brendan Church, Turner Avenue, Riverside. Burial with Military Honors followed in Mt. St. Mary Cemetery, Pawtucket.