Edward A. McNamara
Edward A. McNamara
BRISTOL, Conn. — Edward A. McNamara, 89, formerly of Canajoharie, NY, passed away peacefully, April 8, 2014, in Bristol, CT.
Ed was born September 30, 1924, in Richfield Springs, NY. His family moved to Canajoharie, NY, where he grew up on a dairy farm.
He married Edith Louise Kett in August 1947, and in 1950 he and Edith purchased a home and farm, where they raised their six children. The farm was very successful and grew from 22 to more than 200 head of dairy cattle.
While living in Canajoharie, Ed was a member of the Montgomery County Soil Conservation Commission, as well as a Councilman for the Town of Canajoharie. He was employed by various dairy cooperatives and was president of both the Canajoharie Co-Op and Northeast Dairy Cooperative (NEDCO), based in Syracuse, NY.
While in Canajoharie, Ed was an active member of St. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, and presided over their first Parish Council.
Upon his retirement, Ed moved to Lake Bomoseen in Vermont, where he and Edith resided happily for 4 years. After losing Edith to cancer in 1990, Ed continued to live in Castleton for a number of years and volunteered at Rutland Hospital.
In 1994, Ed married Susan Doran and they spent time in New Mexico and Florida. While in Florida, Ed volunteered for the New Smyrna Beach Court System as a court officer. In 2010, Ed moved first to Syracuse, NY, and then to Connecticut.
Ed was predeceased by his loving wife, Edith, of 43 years. He is survived by his children: Kathy and her husband, Skip Potter of Warrensburg, NY; Ed and his wife, Edee of Sterling, MA; Larry and his wife, Karen of Wolcott, CT; Jim of Albany, NY; Maureen and her husband, Ed Valovage of Memphis, NY; and Peg and her husband, Mike McPeck of Skaneateles, NY; a sister, Mary and her husband, Ken Darrow of Sprakers, NY; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and many nephews and nieces.
Ed loved his family: he was funny, a great storyteller, and Irish to the core. He loved watching collegiate sports, especially Syracuse, Florida and Connecticut; playing golf; walking by the ocean; and spending time with his dogs, Nicki and Gracie. He will be missed by all who knew him.
On April 12, a funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Fair Haven, VT. Ed will be laid to rest in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Fair Haven.
The family would especially like to thank the nurses and staff of the Pines at Bristol for their wonderful kindness and compassionate care.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of your choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of Durfee Funeral Home in Fair Haven, Vermont.