Obituaries: Frank John McNamara

  • by BAR staff
  • Wednesday May 2, 2018
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April 1, 1944 - April 27, 2018

Frank John McNamara, resident of Union City, California, passed away in his sleep April 27, 2018 after struggling for two years with interstitial lung disease. He is predeceased by his older brother, Ron McNamara, and survived by his spouse, Eugene Garver Marangoni; his brother Gregory Hester; sister Silvia (Robin) Hester; sister Cathy Dully; his aunt, Maxine Araujo, and uncle Nick Araujo; and several cousins in California and Utah.

Born in Lansing, Michigan, Frank spent much of his childhood in Santa Rosa and Alameda and graduated from Hayward High School in 1962. He also completed two years at Cal State Hayward (now Cal State East Bay). During his lifetime, he worked in various warehouseman jobs, including working as a checker for Rathjen Wines and Spirits and Young's Market Company.

A big fan of crossword puzzles, Frank had a passion for American literature and theater. He was a walking encyclopedia on classic Hollywood films. He was a great fan of soul and rock music, attending the Monterey Pop Festival in June 1967 and concerts of Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick, the Rolling Stones, and David Bowie. Frank was an enthusiastic fan of the San Francisco Giants. Frank also enjoyed trying his luck at video poker in casinos in several states. Frank enjoyed travel and visited much of Western Europe, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

Frank generously gave to organizations that benefitted Native American schools, U.S. veterans, the mentally and physically challenged, and the environment.

Frank was interested in liberal and progressive politics. He saw various presidential candidates speak when they visited California and also participated for several years in the Hayward Demos Democratic club.

Frank was well liked by nearly everyone who knew him. He was the great love and best friend of his companion of over 42 years, whom he was able to marry on June 20, 2008. Their marriage was covered in the local paper, as it was the first same-gender marriage of residents of Union City. He will be greatly missed by those who knew him.

A date and time of a memorial service for Frank are still being determined. For information, email [email protected].