James "Jim" Francis McNAMARA

Of Warrnambool.

Formerly of Tulli, Hexham.

Passed away peacefully on February 11, 2021 after a short stay in the Hospital.

Aged 95 years and 7 months

Dearly loved husband of Pat for 75 years.

Loved father and father-in-law of Mick and Velma (dec.), Maree and Peter (dec.) Conlan, Tony and Elizabeth, John and Leanne, Pauline and David Armstrong, Barnie and Norm McCosker, Jo and Darren Brumley.

Adored grandfather to his 23 grandchildren, 36 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren.

Son of Gertrude and John (both dec.).

Brother of Francis (dec.), Tom and their families.

Lifelong family friend for 44 years of Mary Phillips.

Dear friend of Janet Mathieson and Geraldine Burlock with whom he shared a common interest in horses.


Click link below to watch service recording from 5.00pm Monday (February 22)

Funeral Notice


  1. A great big hug to Pat. I have the best childhood memories. You and Jim were always there to help me out when I was either bogged or out of fuel. The best lifelong best friends dad.

    Donna purcell February 23, 2021

    Our treasured memories and thoughts are with the members of Jim’s family at this time.

    We got to know Jim and other family members about 1972 through connections of the “horse world”.

    Jim was a foundation member, along with ourselves, who formed the Inaugural Warrnambool Pleasure Riding Club.
    We rode many kms side by side, swapping yarns and good stories throughout Western Victoria.
    During these rides ideas were discussed and later carried out of raising money for locally based charities, and some of these rides were of more than 160 kms in duration.

    Jim was a knowledgeable horseman who knew a “handy horse” when he saw it, and he also bred so many of his own which fell into this category. One of these horses found its way to our “family of horses”.

    Although losing contact in more recent years, due to moving out of the district, we would occasionally catch up and greet each other warmly. Family were always enquired about, followed by chats about horses.

    We will miss you Jim. Long-time memories will be treasured and never forgotten.

    Lance, Claire, Trish and Calvin Trigg

    Lance & Claire Trigg February 22, 2021
  3. Deepest sympathy to all the McNamara family on the sad loss of Jim. Well known to the Hayes family for many years. Our thoughts are with you all. Kerrin & Maree Hayes xx

    Maree Hayes February 21, 2021
  4. Thanks for the family catch ups. Love to all your family at this time.

    Loris and Ivan (dec) and Jenny McNamara.

    Jenny February 21, 2021
  5. Pa, there is a special kind of love that children have for their grandparents…

    It’s filled with respect for their wisdom and lifetime of accomplishments…

    With gratitude for the values they have helped us attain and delight in the stories that we will treasure forever.

    A love that’s built of a lifetime of smiles, laughter and the comment “cheeky little bugger”

    It’s the kind of love you have from all of us, today, tommorow and always

    Rest In Peace Pa

    Love Georgia Kate

    Georgia Armstrong February 20, 2021
  6. Jim and I met many years ago at the Royal Melbourne Show and a shared mutual love of horses saw us meeting at Royal Shows through the years. His is a loss of a wonderful and generous family man, loved and cherished by all who knew him. Rest in Peace my very special friend. With our loving thoughts to the family,

    Lorraine and Mimi Abrecht.

    Lorraine Abrecht February 18, 2021
  7. James “Jim” Francis McNamara

    Loved and caring Uncle.
    Always welcoming, cheeky with a great sense of humour.

    Great knowledge and love of horses.

    Sadly missed.

    Our love and condolences to Auntie Pat and all the family.

    Very sorry that we cannot join you all, in person, to farewell Uncle Jim.

    Love Glenda, Ken and Lydia

    Lydia Rogers February 18, 2021
  8. James (Jim) McNamara

    Very fond memories of your happy smile, always welcoming, a great sense of humour and sharing your thoughts and wisdom on life and your beloved horses.
    Loved father-in- law of Geraldine
    Loved grandfather of Suzanne Matthew and Monique
    Loved great grandfather of Montana McNamara
    Zachery McNamara
    God Has You In His Keeping- We Have You In Our Hearts

    Geraldine Burlock February 16, 2021
  9. School holidays, were always the best,
    How long we could stay, was always a test.
    The Possum Farm, bush walking and playing cards,
    “Nan’s cheating again” Pa would remark.
    Mary would get the horses ready,
    Pa would say “Whoa’ now you be steady”.
    Catching the red fin in the dam,
    Killing foxes ,trapping rabbits, lending a hand.
    The delicious stews, with our catch, we were fed,
    Tent sleeping, Pa whistling , finger tapping ,The snoring in bed.
    Driving cars, riding motorbikes for hours and hours,
    Pa always had a free petrol bowser.
    The wheeling and dealing was immense ,
    If there was a dollar, it need not make sense.
    Rodeos , the circus , horse races and the show,
    Patching things with bailing twine, so we could go.
    Grand children made feel important in life,
    The day Pa hosed Nan, He was really in strife.
    Teasing Pa’s side lamb chops like any other,
    Pa would remark “You cheeky bugger”
    A dog named Foxy, rounding the stock,
    The next dog was My name sake, Rob was shot.
    From riding the jinker, to saddling’ Judy’ the horse,
    Dipping sheep, cleaning stock yard’s, doing chores.
    Memories of great times will always remain,
    My life without you guys would not be the same.
    Great people through and through,
    There are many a person, that will always salute you.
    The generosity and love, that was given, I am sure Pa has gone straight to Heaven.

    RICHARD CONLAN February 16, 2021
  10. Loved Dad of Mick and father-in-law to Velma (dec)
    Cherished Pa of Susan & Justin, John, Deanie & Daniel.
    Adored Great Grandfather of Jack, Johanna & Ivan, Emma & Cody, Hayden, Ches, Tye, Regan and a
    Great Great Grandfather to Skylar & Myles.
    You’ll be forever in our hearts.
    I’m going to miss our daily chats Dad.

    Michael McNamara February 15, 2021
  11. James Francis (Jim) McNamara

    A husband, a father, a grandfather, a great grandfather and a truely amazing man. Although your passing isn’t what anyone had hoped for, we still count our blessings to have been surrounded with your love in our lives. Your uncanny ability to know what to say in any given situation or your quick witted nature making everyone in a room smile and laugh. You have passed down traits in all of your family members that will live on for generations to come and we are just so thankful and grateful to have shared our lives with you. I know you will be looking over us for our days to come. Thank you again for all you have done. We love you today, tomorrow and forever.
    From John, Leanne, Tahlia, Brittany, Jake, Matthew, Barbra, Zack, Monique and Montana

    John McNamara February 15, 2021
  12. JAMES Francis McNamara
    A family man
    Best Uncle.
    Condolences to Auntie Pat and all the family
    Love Sonja & Trevor and families. Very sorry we can not join you to farewell Jim.

    Sija Gould February 15, 2021
  13. Much loved Dad of Pauline father in law to David, adored Pa of Leah and special friend to Peter, Choc Pa of Zara and Ollie, treasured Pa of Georgia and friend to Adam and family.
    His wisdom, kindness, phone calls, visits and astute mind will be sadly missed.

    Pauline Armstrong February 15, 2021
  14. God bless Pat, family and Mary.
    Geoffrey is in gratitude for the love and friendship the big bugger showered on the little bugger. Thank you Jim

    Geoffrey Peck February 14, 2021
  15. Always a big smile and a big welcome,
    Champion stories and challenging observations
    A family history enthusiast like myself
    Always generous and open-hearted
    Taught me to horse ride and that it’s okay to be cheeky
    I will miss his unconditional love
    – From ‘the little Bugger’, first cousin once removed from Jim & second cousin once removed from Pat

    Kathleen Peck February 14, 2021
  16. Dad the time has come for us to let go of your hand but rest assured our hearts will never let go.
    The precious memories of the time we have shared with you will last forever. We will always love you Dad, Jim, Pa. Love Jo Darren, Karly, Will,Rhea,Spencer and Hayley. ❤

    Jo Brumley February 14, 2021
  17. Jim,s gone driving Moggy & we will catch up around the corner. A wonderful friend! Mary

    Mary Phillips February 13, 2021
  18. James (Jim) Francis McNamara
    Dearly loved dad of Tony &Elizabeth
    Loved Pa of James & Lisa Natasha & Brett Adam & Liv & Monique & Sean
    Loved great grandfather of
    Bradley Sam Alyssa Danielle
    Caleb Annika Yasmin
    Izabella Cruiz Ruger
    Ciara Matisse Seamus
    To hear your voice,
    To see you smile
    To sit and talk a little while
    To be together in the same old way
    Would be my greatest wish today’s

    Rest In Peace Dad

    Elizabeth Mcnamara February 13, 2021
  19. Fondly Remembered 🐎
    Condolences to Jo & all her Family 💐
    Regards Brian & Margaret Leske

    Brian Leske February 13, 2021
  20. Loved father of
    Barnie & Norm,
    Pa & Pa Jim of Shirl, Terri, Louis & Ruby.
    Issy, Daniel, Elise & Billy.
    Dad’s love, support & advice will be sorely missed by us all.


    Kathleen McCosker February 13, 2021
  21. James “Jim”Francis McNamara

    Loved father and father in law of
    Maree and Peter (dec.)Conlan
    Grandfather of
    John and Tammy,
    Janet and Dean Squires,
    Richard and Beth,
    Robert and Sinead.
    Great grandfather of
    Olivia, Xavier and Claudia Squires.
    Ruby, Joseph and ivy Conlan.
    Rest In Peace pa

    Maree conlan February 13, 2021