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Henry J McNamee

January 09, 1942 - December 25, 2022


Obituary For Henry J McNamee

Henry J (Buzz) McNamee, 80, of Georgetown, died Christmas morning at Ashland Farm at North Andover, surrounded by his family following a brief illness. He was the devoted husband of Karen A (Gillcrist) McNamee, with whom he shared over 54 years of marriage.

Born in Boston, he was the son of the late Henry J and Ellen (McCarthy) McNamee. He was raised and educated in Charlestown, lived and was an active part of the community in Peabody for 47 years, and has lived in Georgetown for the past three years.

Buzz was a veteran of the Vietnam War and served with the United States Air Force for four years with his honorable discharge in 1964. Following his discharge from the military, Buzz embarked on a 42-year career as a Sales Rep for RIS Paper. Following his retirement from the paper industry, he worked as a starter at The Meadow golf course in Peabody for an additional 12 years.

In addition to his loving wife Karen, Buzz is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Joseph and Jill McNamee of Windham, NH, his two daughters and son-in-law, Colleen F White of Georgetown and Erin and Eric Houlihan of Tewksbury, his brother, John and his wife Marie McNamee of Tewksbury, his sisters, Margaret Loftin of Tewksbury and Eileen Nye of Everett, his beloved five grandchildren, Kylie and Connor White, and Emily, Chloe, and Ryan McNamee, and is also survived several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Mary Griffis.

His funeral will be held on Friday at 8:30 AM from the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St, Peabody, followed by his Funeral Mass at 9:30 AM at St. Ann’s Church, Lynn St, Peabody, to which relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held on Thursday from 4:00 until 7:00 PM. Burial will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Peabody.

Expressions of sympathy can be made in his name to the Alzheimer’s Association, MA/NH Chapter, 309 Waverly Oaks Rd, Waltham, MA 02452 or at www.alz.org/MANH.

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  • 01/27/2023

    Sorry for your loss I worked with Henry (Buzz) at ris paper for many years. He was always a pleasure to talk to very knowledgeable on the paper business he will be missed

  • 12/29/2022

    Thank you Uncle Buzzy for your love and compassion through out the tough moment of my life. I'll also remember the smiles, laughter and good times. Christmas, Bunker Hill Day, cookout's, weddings too many to list. You will live on in our hearts and minds! Say hi to my mom and dad! Love always, Patricia

  • 12/28/2022

    I will always remember Buzz's beautiful smile and laughter, he always knew how to cheer others up when needed! He will always have a special place in my heart, the way he was with my 6 year old daughter when she would come to work with me. They had a wonderful friendship , we will miss you at Ashland Farms....forever in our hearts Love Courtney Pham 🙂

  • 12/27/2022

    Although I only met Buzz 8 months ago at Ashland Farm, I feel like I've known him my whole life. Despite his illness, Buzz remained a gentleman and a gentle man! His smile and that little laugh is etched in my memory of him. His remark "just fun-in" with you made my day. Buzz made it so easy to love him. I will never forget the day. I went to visit my mom, and I was having a bad day and somehow he knew it he said you look like you need a hug and he hugged me! That was Buzz! I appreciate the way he watched over my mom and looked up to her as his mom because of the striking resemblance. I was honored a few times to refer to him as my brother as it always got a good chuckle out of him especially when I told him that meant he was French and not Irish! Fat chance he said to me. Lol Rest in peace my friend, for you are now surrounded with heavenly love. My mom and I will see you again one day. Always, love Debbie and Alice ♥️♥️

  • 12/27/2022

    Way to many memories to even put in writing. A man I looked up to my entire life. He was a brother in law to me being married to my sister Karen but in my heart he was a second father,brother, friend just someone who would listen to you with interest and compassion whether it was a story he needed to hear or not he just listened. I remember one of our recent talks when I said Buzz we have known each other for 54 years and his response was "And a few of those years were colorful" lol. Most of my childhood memories was at your home and many sleep overs but always knew when I crossed the line cuz I got THE BUZZ LOOK! I then would know to shut it down. You had an infectious smile that lit up a room. The last few month were difficult but every visit when I would leave you would just give the biggest hug and smile and I thank you for that because you made leaving you there so much easier. So my words are done for now because I am full of tears. Love you so much. Until we meet again

  • 12/27/2022

    Thinking of you Erin at this difficult time, he was an absolute gentleman, may he rest in peace. Lots of Love Michelle & Ivan (Ireland)


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    Karen, Joe, Colleen and Erin - Sending our love and prayers to you all for the loss of Buzz. Love from Davis and Zacs

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    Diane Boudrot sent America the Beautiful for Henry J McNamee - December 27, 2022

    RIP Uncle Buzzy Love, John Nye and family, Diane Boudrot and family and Rob Nye and family

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