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Former NRCA president passes away

Former NRCA President Don McNamara, former owner of NRCA member F.J.A. Christiansen Roofing Co. Inc., a Tecta America company, Milwaukee, passed away Sept. 16. He was 81.

McNamara received an undergraduate business degree in accounting from Marquette University, Milwaukee, and graduated with a law degree in 1961. He became a CPA and began his professional career as a tax attorney at the Touche, Ross, Bailey and Smart accounting firm (now known as Deloitte Touche) in Milwaukee. In 1967, he joined his client, F.J.A. Christiansen Roofing, as majority owner and retired in 1995.

McNamara rejoined F.J.A. Christiansen Roofing in 2000 to help lead the formation of Tecta America Corp., which was a consolidation of 10 leading U.S. roofing contractors that has since grown to more than 50 locations. He also served as Tecta America's first CEO and on its board of directors.

McNamara served as NRCA president from 1986-87 and as vice president from 1984-85; senior vice president from 1985-86; and NRCA director from 1980-82 and 1983-84. He served on numerous NRCA committees, including the Nominating Committee, Technical Operations Committee, Audit/Budget/Finance Committee, Awards Committee and NRCA Retirement Committee, among others. He also served as president of the Midwest Roofing Contractors Association (MRCA). McNamara received NRCA's J.A. Piper Award in 1990 and MRCA's James Q. McCawley Award in 1982.

He is survived by his wife, Valerie; his sons Timothy (Jean), Robert (Kathleen) and Theodore (Julia); nine grandchildren—Joseph (Megan), Daniel (Tara), Gregory (Megan), Christopher (Elise), Connor (Michelle), Clare, Flynn (Fred Cibik), Keenan and Kevin; and seven great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held at St. Jerome Catholic Church in Oconomowoc, Wis., on Saturday, Sept. 30, from 10 a.m. until the Mass of Christian Burial at 1 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Shorehaven, Salvation Army and St. Jerome Catholic Church.


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