Paul Gibson McNamara

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

West Lebanon, N.H. — Paul Gibson McNamara, a proud native of West Lebanon, passed away on Saturday, March 3, 2018, at the age of 91. Paul was born on Nov. 5, 1926 in Woodsville, N.H., the second son of Paul Timothy and Margaret (Gibson) McNamara. His great-great-grandfather Timothy fled Ireland at the height of the Potato Famine and settled on a farm in West Lebanon in the early 1850’s. Subsequent generations continued to farm this land and, after time in Woodsville and Massachusetts, Paul T. moved his young family back to West Lebanon.  

Paul G. (as he was called to distinguish him from his father) grew up in downtown West Lebanon, where Paul T. operated his first business – McNamara Funeral Home – having decided not to become a farmer. Paul attended school in West Lebanon, but obtained his high school degree from Norwich University, which at the time offered an accelerated senior year to young men seeking to join the military at the height of World War II. Paul enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in April of 1946, and was honorably discharged as a Corporal in May of 1947. While in the Army, he served in the occupation forces on the island of Okinawa, and was awarded the World War II Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal for his service.  

After leaving the military, Paul returned to West Lebanon, where he and his father started a second business – McNamara Motors – on Main Street. New automobiles were in high demand following the war and the Nash dealership (which would later become Rambler and then American Motors) soon became a fixture of the community.  

In 1950, Paul married Madeleine Mayrand of Dover, N.H., who was then a medical secretary. Their first son Tim was born in 1956, and shortly thereafter the couple built a new home on land which was once part of the family farm. Their second son Sean was born in 1961. Paul continued to build McNamara Motors, adding Triumph, Datsun, and Jeep in the 1960’s and early ‘70’s.  

After Madeleine passed away in 1977, Paul met and married Edith Pall of Bridgeport, Conn. in 1978. In 1979, he and Edie built a new home on Oak Ridge Road in West Lebanon where they lived happily for over three decades before moving to The Woodlands in Lebanon. Paul sold McNamara Motors in 1984, going into semi-retirement while selling real estate under partnership with Mary Magnell as Magnell-McNamara Associates. 

Paul is survived by his loving wife, Edith; sons, Tim and wife, Pat of Lebanon, Sean and wife, Barb of Brentwood, Tenn.; grandchildren, LT Tim McNamara, USCG and wife Kait of Odenton, Md., Kevin McNamara of Kauai, Hawaii, Abigail Clavin and husband Joe of Crestwood, Mo., Riley McNamara and Georgia McNamara of Brentwood, Tenn.; and great-grandchildren, Liam and Jack McNamara of Odenton.  

A funeral mass for Paul will be celebrated at St. Denis Roman Catholic Church in Hanover, N.H. on Saturday, March 17 at 11 a.m. Ricker Funeral Home of Lebanon is in charge of the arrangements. For additional information, or to sign an on-line condolence, please visit www.rickerfuneralhome.com. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution to the Palliative Care Program Fund at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

The family would like to thank Paul’s physician, Dr. Daniel Stadler, the staff of the Jack Byrne Center for Palliative and Hospice Care, and Paul and Edie’s close friend Sheila Brown for the incredible care and compassion they provided during the last few days of Paul’s life. It will never be forgotten.