John Paul McNamara, 93, of Elizabeth Township, died Tuesday July 18, 2017. He was born May 31, 1924 in Duquesne and was the son of the late Edward and Effie Mae Phillips McNamara. John was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Christy Park and was retired from US Steel Duquesne Works. He was also a realtor in his younger years, a voracious reader and writer, and a published poet, in his later years. He was a USMC veteran of WWII serving in 5 invasions beginning with Guadacanal and ending with Okinawa. He was a Technical Sgt., and was most proud of being a Marine Drill Instructor at Parris Island, NC. He was truly loved by all. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Territ Boyd McNamara, daughter, Cynthia McNamara of Elizabeth, sons, Dennis (Dr. Sari) McNamara of Forest Hills, James Boyd of Coxsackie, NY, Rick (Cindy Mols) Boyd of Elizabeth Township, and Kenneth (Mary Beth) Boyd of Cooper City, FL, grandchildren, Lawrence, James (Emily) and Dr. Jeffrey O'Leary, and Ryan, Mark and Kristy Boyd.
John was predeceased by his first wife, Dorothy Yarnovic McNamara and two sisters, Katherine and Lillian, and three brothers, Edward, Howard and Robert. Friends are welcome Friday July 21 from 10:30 am, until Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 am, in St. Patrick Catholic Church, 310 32nd Street, McKeesport. The Rev. Vincent P. Velas will officiate. Interment with Military Honors will be held Monday July 24 at 10:30 am, in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Bridgeville. Please, no flowers. Arrangements are by the Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. 6028 Smithfield Street, Boston, Elizabeth Township. (412) 751-5000 Drew J. Gilbert, director. Condolences may be made at gilbertfunerahomeandcrematory.com
Originally published July 19, 2017.