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James McNamara
  • April 24, 1930
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  • January 03, 2016

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Jim McNamara was born on April 24, 1930 in Elizabeth, New Jersey. He died on January 3, 2016 at Halifax Hospice Care Center in Edgewater, Florida following a long battle with Alzheimer’s. He attended St. Mary’s High School, Union Jr. College, and Rutgers University. He graduated from the University of Tampa and the University of Florida. He was predeceased by his son, Mark and is survived by his wife of 56 years, Betty, their daughter Tara, a brother John and sister-in-law Julie McNamara of New Smyrna Beach. He also leaves a brother Bill of Tampa, daughter-in-law Belinda Pena of Port Orange, and large extended family and many friends. Jim was an English and Photography teacher for 36 years, the last 33 at Englewood High School in Jacksonville, Florida. He touched many lives and once said he loved his job so much that he would be willing to work without pay. Many former students have been heard to say that Mr. Mac inspired them to choose teaching as their life’s work.

Jim was well loved for his kindness, compassion, wisdom and especially for his quick wit. He was a gifted writer and photographer. Jim enjoyed life to the fullest. He liked golf, photography, spirited debate, travel, the arts and most of all, laughter. He was an avid Gator fan and followed all Gator sports. Jim also loved his two dogs, Sophie and Delilah. He will be greatly missed and leaves a lifetime of cherished memories for all who knew him. A celebration of his life will take place in the spring. Memorials in his name may be made to Alzheimer’s Research, Halifax Hospice, or IMAGES, a Festival of the Arts, New Smyrna Beach.

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  1. Mary Patterson Demo says:
    10 Jan 2022
    Mr. Mac was a beautiful soul who touched everyone who knew him. He was a caring teacher who believed his kids were so talented! We loved him so much! Class of 82 EHS! Go Rams!

    11 Mar 2020
    Mr. McNamara was my English teacher and was my favorite teacher in my Junior year at Englewood High School in 1968. He was SO missed during the teacher strike, but I respected him very much for standing up for teachers! He was such a cool dude with such an infectious laugh! He was a huge influence on why I became a teacher. (I taught for 26 years - all in Duval County.) Rest in peace, Mr. Mac. Keep 'em all laughing up there in heaven.

    Carroll Hicks Miniard
    EHS Class of 1969

  3. Tiffany Rogers Pond says:
    10 Feb 2016
    I am just finding out now about Mr. Mac's passing. He was my favorite teacher and the reason I became a photographer. He taught me in High School from 1987-1989 but his care and dedication for teaching has stayed with me much longer. I was able to visit him at his home in Melbourne many years ago and then lost track of him. My sincerest sympathies and condolences go out to the family.
    -Tiffany Rogers Pond

  4. Pat Atwood says:
    15 Jan 2016
    Jim and I taught together many years ago. I remember him well as a funny and kind friend and as a wonderful teacher,. The world will be a poorer place without him. Betty, I hope you remember me from our days with Dorothy Minchew and all of the kids at the elementary school. I know you will miss Jim as I miss Fred who left me five years ago. My thoughts are with you.

  5. Ellen (Mc Namara) Ambrose says:
    09 Jan 2016
    Uncle Jim was always the one at family gatherings who was smiling and had a sense of humor that was infectious. He drew you in when you were talking to him and always made you feel important. He'll be missed.

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