Rev. John McNamee, of Calgary, died suddenly but peacefully with his family at his side at the Rockyview Hospital, on Saturday January 27, 2007, at the age of 78 years.
Fr. McNamee was born in North Battleford, SK, on April 27, 1928. He moved to Saskatoon and then to Calgary in 1939. He attended Holy Angels and St. Mary’s Boys School, and did his theological studies at St. Augustine’s Seminary in Toronto and was ordained to the priesthood in 1953. He served in the parishes of St. Joseph’s, Calgary, Foremost, Picture Butte, Beiseker, and Canmore, as well as St. Luke’s, St. Gerard’s, Holy Name and Canadian Martyrs Parishes in Calgary. He was the founding pastor of St. Bonaventure, Calgary, and served there for fourteen years. He retired in 1996 and assisted in various parishes throughout the diocese.
Fr. McNamee is survived by his brothers James of San Pedro, California, Donald (Joan) of Kamloops, BC, William (Betty) of Calgary; his sisters Wanda Theriault and Jean (Dave) Quirin both of Calgary; and by numerous nieces, nephews and their families. John was predeceased by his parents Sarah and James McNamee and his brother-in-law George Theriault.
Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church (1600 Acadia Drive S.E.) on Tuesday January 30, 2007, at 7:30 p.m., with the Rev. William Stephenson, Presider. Funeral Mass will be con-celebrated at St. Mary’s Cathedral (219 – 18th Avenue S.W.) on Wednesday January 31, 2007, at 1:30 p.m. with the Most Rev. Frederick B. Henry DD and the Most Rev. Eugene Cooney, Presiders. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, Memorial Tributes may be made directly to the Clergy Pension Plan, C/O Clergy Benefit Society, 120 – 17th Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB, T2S-2T2. Special thanks to Doctors Mayhew and W. Mulloy and the many priests, parishioners and friends for prayers offered during his illness.
In living memory of Rev. John McNamee, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403) 243-8200.Print This Obituary & Condolences