James Michael McNamara
Published in The Sacramento Bee from June 16 to June 17,
Jim passed away surrounded by his family on June 13, 2012. Beloved husband
for 56 years to Mildred Petralli. Loving father of Patti Wagstaff (Joseph)
and Thomas (Julie). Devoted grandfather to Jennifer, Alex, and John Wagstaff
and Kelsey, Jimmy, and Joe McNamara.
He is survived by his siblings, Mary Kessinger, John and Francis, and
many nieces and nephews. He now rejoins his parents, John and Josephine,
and sister Anne.
Jim attended St. Francis parochial school and graduated from Christian
Brothers H.S. in 1947. An All-City shortstop at CB, Jim then played in
the New York Giants organization for several minor league seasons.
After professional baseball, Jim served successfully for 34 years in various
administrative positions in the Sacramento County Court system, retiring
in 1987. Jim then began a 25-year senior softball career that continued
until his recent illness.
Jim's life was marked by an affable nature and a spirit of service to
others that was the fruit of his Catholic faith, honed by his LaSallian
A Rosary will be held on Monday, June 18 at 7:30pm at St. Anthony Catholic
Church, 660 Florin Rd. A funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, June 19 at
11:30am, also at St. Anthony Church.
Memorials may be made to Christian Brothers High School Athletic Program.