Donald W. McNamara

McNamara, Donald W. of Cumberland died peacefully on Thursday August 18, 2016. He was married to the late Shirley (Landy) McNamara for 63 years. Donald was born in the city of New York on May 21, 1924. He was the beloved son of the late Katherine and Joseph McNamara. He was the brother of the late Agnes Mangello and Mildred McBurney. Donald attended both Cornell University and the University of Rhode Island from which he graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering. In his early career, Donald worked as a Civil engineer for Gilbane Building Company in Valencia, Venezuela. He worked most of his career as a Senior Engineer for the Construction Management Department for Harvard University. After his retirement from Harvard he worked as consultant for the HDR Warner and Associates firm in Boston Massachusetts. Donald was a veteran having served on the blimps in World War II. He was a Quarter Master Second Class in the Navy, and was stationed in South America. Donald loved to travel and loved his work. His only reason for leaving his position at HDR at the age of 90 was his failing health. Donald never wanted to get “old”. In his 80’s he was still taking Spanish classes at Harvard. Donald served on many boards such as the Harvard University Credit Union where he served as Director. He was the Treasurer of the Mutual Benefits Association and member of the Harvard Managers Exchange. Donald’s love of life will be missed by all his family and friends. Funeral Services will begin at 8:45am on Monday from The Butterfield Chapel 500 Pontiac Avenue Cranston followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00am in the Immaculate Conception Church in Cranston. Burial with Military Honors will follow in Pocasset Cemetery.

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Don Warner - 08/21/2016

I have known Don for over 40 years. We worked together at Harvard University and then at my former architectural firm. Don was of the generation that worked hard and took great pride in its work. I learned a great deal from his vast knowledge of engineering and construction. We were also good friends, and shared many interest, including playing squash (in our younger years). My wife and children have very fond memories of Don, including his dancing with Shirley at both of my daughters’ bat mitzvahs. Don was a great man and will be missed.

Par and Dave Hayes - 08/21/2016

We know that Don will be greatly missed by his loving and giving daughter, son-in-law and grandsons. I will always fondly recall the tour he gave us on our visit to Harvard. May you rest in peace, Don.

Patsy - 08/22/2016

Donald was one of the nicest man I ever met a true gentleman. Loved Shirley & Donald great people.8mnHl

Pat Fulton - 09/16/2016

I had the great pleasure of knowing Don at Harvard. He will be missed by many that he helped and guided for many years. Don had a great love of life and also of history. He was a member of our Olde Colony Civil War Round Table group and we send our deepest condolences and prayers to his family.

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