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"Big Jim" McNamee Sr., Purple Heart Recipient, Active VFW Member, Retired GCHS Employee


Big Jim, right, in front of the War Memorial Monument in Gloucester City NJ

Mr. James F. McNamee Sr., of Gloucester City NJ,  passed away on Sunday, April 7 at the age

of  89.  Devoted and loving husband of 66 years to Betty Jane (nee Rinier). Loving father of Betty Jane McNamee, Rose Perna (William) and James F. McNamee, Jr. (Pamela). Cherished grandfather of Armand, Melissa, William, James III, Mandy, Michael and Kyle and great-grandfather of seven. One of 18 children to the late Robert McNamee and Jenny Foy, James is survived by his sister, Catherine McDaniels and his brothers, Sylvester and Bernard McNamee. 


Born in Philadelphia on Feb. 26, 1924, “Big Jim” proudly served our country in the U.S. Army during World War II. He fought during the Normandy Invasion and was a Purple Heart recipient. Jim and his brother started J.J. McNamee Roofing and Siding and he most recently was employed at Gloucester Catholic High School for 32 years in the maintenance department. In May 2012, Jim received an honorary diploma from Gloucester Catholic at their 83rd Commencement Ceremony. He was a member and Past Commander of Townsend C. Young V.F.W Post #3620, Sergeant of Arms of American Legion Post #135, member of the Order of the Purple Heart #116, all in Gloucester City and a member of the Military Order of the Cootie. Jim was a Captain of the “Old Timers” String Band of Gloucester City and faithful parishioner of St. Mary’s R.C. Church. 


Relatives, friends and members of all “Big Jim’s” organizations are kindly invited to attend his viewing on Thursday evening from 6 to 9 PM and Friday morning from 8:45 to 9:45 AM at the McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday 10:30 AM at Saint Mary’s R.C. Church: 426 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City. Interment with U.S. Army Military Honors at Camden County Veterans Cemetery at Harleigh Cemetery, Camden. 


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to:  Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301, Attn: Gift Processing. Please write in memo: James F. McNamee, Sr.  


Condolences and Memories may be shared at under the obituary of James F. McNamee, Sr. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries may be made through: McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME:  851 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City. PH: 856-456-1142