Patrick McNamara

June 13, 2012

COPENHAGEN, N.Y.  —  Patrick McNamara, 55f 10060 Grove St., died early Wednesday morning, June 13, at Lewis County General Hospital, Lowville, where he had been a patient for two days. 

Born March 17, 1954, in Watertown, the son of the late Maurice and Helen G. Backus McNamara, he graduated from Copenhagen Central School. He also graduated from Jefferson Community College; he later earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in education from SUNY Potsdam. 

He married Cathy Hitchcock on July 14, 1990, at St. Peter’s Church in Lowville.

He was a sixth grade teacher for St. Peter’s in Lowville for 18 years. He also was GED instructor forJefferson-Lewis BOCES. He also was a basketball coach at St. Peter’s in Lowville. 

Patrick was Big “M” D.J., a guitar and music teacher for many young aspiring students. He loved music and basketball, especially SU basketball. 

He was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Copenhagen.

Surviving are his wife Cathy, two daughters; Kayla and Sara; a brother, Richard (Trudi) McNamara, all of Copenhagen; an aunt, Carolyn Backus, Waddington; several nieces and nephews andgreat-nieces and nephews and cousins.

Calling hours will be held 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 15, at Lundy Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Inc., 10229 Washington St., Copenhagen. A funeral Mass will be said 11 a.m. Saturday, June 16, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Route 12, Copenhagen, with Rev. George F. Maroun, officiating. Interment immediately following in St. Mary’sCemetery. 

Donations in his memory can be made to: The Maurice McNamara Scholarship Program or to the YAC Backpack Program at Copenhagen Central School.

Information provided by Bossuot-Lundy Funeral Home, Inc., and, Watertown, N.Y.