Somerville Remembering Thomas M. McNamara

Our sincere condolences go out to the family and friends of Thomas M. McNamara on his passing.

Thomas M. McNamara was a wonderful person who will be sadly missed here in Somerville.

Thomas M. McNamara, “Tommy Mac” of Somerville, passed away suddenly on December 20, 2019, he was 62. Born in Brighton, he was the first of four children born to Kathleen “Kay” (Joyce) and Raymond J. McNamara. As a young boy, so the story goes, he would sell newspapers and shine shoes all day on the corner of Market Street so he could buy the day old donuts to bring home; of course uphill, both ways, in the snow. Kay and Ray then moved to Somerville to raise the family on Curtis Ave where Tommy and his siblings attended the Immaculate Conception School and then graduated from Matignon High School in Cambridge with the Class of 1975. In 1980 he married Annemarie Gavin and they began their family with the births of T.J. and Erin.
A jack of many trades, he held many jobs; working as a glazier for a glass company, for Pini Heating delivering and installing furnaces before taking a job with Hanscom Air Force Base as a machinist for the Department of Defense, a job he held for over 20 years. He enjoyed many good years playing golf, fishing and traveling with family and friends. Unfortunately, his longtime battle with addiction over took his later years and truly tested and tried many relationships. Deep down he was a good soul who maintained his loyalty to family and friends. Never refusing to help or to lend a hand with a project of any kind, he was still willing and able to share his carpentry skills and knowledge.
Tommy was the cherished son of Kathleen (Joyce) “Kay” McNamara of Waltham and the late Raymond J. McNamara. Former husband of Annemarie (Gavin) McNamara, father of Thomas M. “TJ” McNamara, Jr., Erin Nestor and her husband Michael, and their boys, Michael, Shawn, Logan and Landon of Burlington. Brother of Kathleen McNamara of Billerica, Maureen Zuccaro, Daniel McNamara and his wife Susan, all of Lexington. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Calling Hours will be held in the George L. Doherty Funeral Home, 855 Broadway (Powder House Sq.), SOMERVILLE, on Sunday, December 29th, from 2:00PM – 6:00PM, with a Prayer Service beginning at 5:30PM. Relatives and friends invited to attend. Interment will be private.
Please no flowers. Instead, donations in Tommy’s memory can be made to the Y.M.C.A., 101 Highland Ave., Somerville, MA 02143.

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