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  • In lieu of flowers, the McManama family requests you consider a donation to charities most important to Dr. John (and his beloved Maggie): The New England Home for Little Wanderers, or the Disabled Veterans of America.

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“I will always cherish and remember seeing everyone in the summers at Humarock Beach. Dr. John was always so nice to my family. I saw him on the field...Read More »
1 of 36 | Posted by: Michael Cairns - Shelburne, VT

“Please accept my deepest sympathies and warmest regards.David WilburHingham ”
2 of 36 | Posted by: David Wilbur - Hingham, MA

“To the children of Dr. John..I send condolences to all of you from the Pierce family. Our Mom, Emily a/k/a 'Emmie' to you started working for the ...Read More »
3 of 36 | Posted by: A friend

“To the entire McNamara family, My condolences. I was a classmate of the second John Carl McNamara I am now priest in New York City and a historian....Read More »
4 of 36 | Posted by: A friend

“such a wonderful man. Since I no longer live in Waltham I only remember his outstanding care he gave to me and my children while we lived there....Read More »
5 of 36 | Posted by: Marion

“So sorry to all of you for your loss. What a beautiful tribute to an obviously adored brother, father, father-in-law, grandfather and great...Read More »
6 of 36 | Posted by: Susan Duggan - Friend

“Dr. McManama used to be our family physician. Thank you Dr. McManama for taking such good care of us. RIP. ”
7 of 36 | Posted by: Christen Taranto - Waltham, MA

“Mike and family, I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you during this time. You are in my thoughts.Kathleen Joyce-DeihlLively, VA ”
8 of 36 | Posted by: A friend

“Steven and Christine,Sorry for your loss. May your family memories sustain you during your time of loss. Mary (Furdon) Baker ”
9 of 36 | Posted by: Mary Furdon Baker - Waltham, MA

“To our cousins...your dad was a wonderful man...always giving and caring...we send you our positive thoughts and prayers and know all of you will...Read More »
10 of 36 | Posted by: Daniel Magner - Glenwood, MN

“To our cousins...your dad was a wonderful man thru and thru...cherish and celebrate the memories ! The family of Dr. Peter/Peg Magner (Dan, Peter,...Read More »
11 of 36 | Posted by: Daniel Magner - Glenwood, MN

“Thank you Dr. McManama for taking care of all members of my family for many, many years. May God take good care of you! Peggy Curtin McDonald ”
12 of 36 | Posted by: Peggy Curtin McDonald - Weston, MA

“Dear Family,hrwn3Your dad was the George and Eleanor Gorgone's family doctor from the 1950's and gave birth to at least my youngest sister. He...Read More »
13 of 36 | Posted by: Dianne (Gorgone) Allen - PA

“The best of men. My doctor until I married and moved away. Remember him so well and still in awe of his house visits. He was a great doctor. Helped...Read More »
14 of 36 | Posted by: Pam Gaudet Marsocci - Pittsford, NY

“The world has lost forever a rare role-model for the capacity to live life with compassion, dignity and respect for others.As was once said in a...Read More »
15 of 36 | Posted by: Maureen Flynn-Anderson - Lenexa, KS

“So sorry for your loss. I am Joe and Ginny Riley's daughter and my mom and dad were friendly with your family from the time they were 5 years old. Dr...Read More »
16 of 36 | Posted by: Miriam Riley-Flecca - Waltham, MA

“I have wonderful memories of Dr. McManama , from Resevoir Nursing to Flu clinics in Waltham and having worked with his wife ,Barbara and daughters...Read More »
17 of 36 | Posted by: ann purcell

“To all of the McManamas -I am so sorry for your loss. Dr. John was such a kind and wonderful person. He was always so good to me as a student at BC...Read More »
18 of 36 | Posted by: Susan Mosher - MA - Friend

“Truly sorry for your loss he was a great man I've been in his office as a high school student God bless you ”
19 of 36 | Posted by: Al Cosgrove - Little river, SC

“Dear Carl,I'm deeply sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. Take Care, Mark F. ”
20 of 36 | Posted by: Mark Ferriero - Quincy, MA

“Dr. McManama was a very dedicated,loyal,respected member of the Boston College community.I always enjoyed my time with Dr McManama at a BC football...Read More »
21 of 36 | Posted by: Barry Gallup - Wellesley, MA

“Dr. McManama and family have been in my life for many years. Such wonderful memories growing up that I will never forget. God Bless.Tom Gardner ”
22 of 36 | Posted by: Tom Gardner - Hampton, NH

“Dear Dr. McManama, Tom and I are very sorry for the loss of your beloved father. We will keep you and your family in our prayers.Gloria and Tom...Read More »
23 of 36 | Posted by: Gloria Carrigg - Jamaica Plain, MA

“Steven and family,Sending prayers and warm wishes on the death of you father. I am sure you all have wonderful memories of him. He saved my life...Read More »
24 of 36 | Posted by: Sharyn O'Leary Sweeney - FL

“Dr. John delivered myself and my six younger sisters and brothers. I will always remember him coming to our house when any one of us were sick....Read More »
25 of 36 | Posted by: A friend

“Dr. John McManama was always a wonderful role model to physicians in training and in practice. His kind and humble manner toward patients and...Read More »
26 of 36 | Posted by: WILLAM PARKS - needham, MA

“Dear Carl,My thoughts are with you and your family. It was a blessing for your Dad to have so many loved ones with him. I pray that time will ease...Read More »
27 of 36 | Posted by: Cataldo Leone - Needham, MA

“Thinking of you & your beloved father at this hour of grief. Also it is the time to celebrate his illustrious career & rich life . May his soul RIP ”
28 of 36 | Posted by: Naveen Reddy Admala - Boston, MA

“Reading about Dr John was amazing. He surely will be missed. He had special mightiness to live to be 100 (Psalm 90:10). My prayer goes out to the...Read More »
29 of 36 | Posted by: Clara Gilmore

“What an honor it has been to have know DR. JOHN. For over 60 years. A dear gentleman, good friend, and wonderful physician.Rest In Peace, Dr....Read More »
30 of 36 | Posted by: Marie Murphy - Waltham, MA

“I remember going to Dr. McManama's office on Church Street and an occasional house call. He was always patient and kind. My condolences to his large...Read More »
31 of 36 | Posted by: Doreen LeBlanc - Waltham, MA

“My doctor from my toddler years, remember him coming to our home when I was ill, had a crush on him and cut pictures of mens neckties and gave them...Read More »
32 of 36 | Posted by: Kathleen Cotton Connolly - FL

“so very sorry to hear of his passing real nice dr !! ”
33 of 36 | Posted by: mary burke - winter haven, FL

“One of the best Dr's ever delivered two of my daughters!So very sorry to hear of his passing lived a wonderful life !!winter winter ”
34 of 36 | Posted by: mary Burke

“Dr. McManama was a truly one-of-a-kind Dr. He not only brought me and my six siblings into this world, but he was also my parent's saving grace. He...Read More »
35 of 36 | Posted by: Marilyn Baillargeon (Tripp) - MA

“Dr John...a perfect gentleman, compassionate physician who always listened, a man who truly loved his family ! Thank you to the entire family and...Read More »
36 of 36 | Posted by: Clare Welch - Waltham, MA


Waltham - Dr. John Carroll McManama, Jr., born July 21, 1916 to John C. and Elizabeth W. McManama, passed away peacefully Friday night, February 10, 2017, in the arms of his children, at the age of 100. He was a cherished brother to the late Agnes Cohn Quinn, George B. of Belmont, the late Rosemary Quinn, and Elizabeth (Betty) Kasper of Waltham.

John was a loyal husband, married to the late Barbara Frances Magner for 49 years. A devoted father and inspiration to his nine children and their spouses, John is survived by: John C. (Carl) and his wife Judie Blair of Jamaica Plain; Susan M. Gianinno and her husband Larry of Boston; Barbara M. Curley and her husband Frank of Milton; Elizabeth M. (Beth) Murphy and her husband John of Scituate; Steven M. and his wife Christine of Medfield; Michael and his wife Cathleen of Plymouth; Peter and his wife Linda of Wakefield; and Marianne M. Howard and her husband Don of Kingston. He also leaves a legacy of 26 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren, all of whom he treasured more than anything. Additionally, he is survived by many loving nieces, nephews, and godchildren.

He was also the father of the late Daniel F. McManama.

"Dr. John," as he was affectionately known, was a lifelong resident of Waltham, Massachusetts. He graduated from St. Mary's High School of Waltham ('33), Boston College ('37), and Tufts Medical School ('41). While in residency at St Elizabeth's Hospital, he was called upon to serve his country in WWII. After attending Tropical Medicine courses at Walter Reed Memorial Hospital, he was assigned to the 96th Infantry Division, a.k.a., "Dead Eyes."

Dr. John proudly served his country as a Combat Surgeon in Leyte, Philippines and Okinawa, Japan. He fondly recalled his time training across the United States' West Coast and is grateful for the memories it afforded him. He was awarded the Bronze Star, Combat Medic Badge, and Presidential Unit Citation for his life-saving work. Upon returning home to Waltham and St. Elizabeth's Hospital, he met his true love, Barbara (Maggie) Magner. A year later, they were married at St. Paul's Church in Hingham. They raised their family in Waltham.

Dr. John was dedicated to the community and families of Waltham and surrounding cities. He opened his medical practice in his childhood home on Church Street in Waltham (where his father had once held a practice), and for more than 30 years, he provided health care for hundreds of families. He was a classic general practitioner, who made house calls and delivered more than 3,000 babies during his practice.

Dr. John served as the Director of the Waltham Board of Health, Director of the Waltham School System Health Services, and Medical Director of Reservoir Nursing Home. He was also affiliated with Waltham Hospital and St. Elizabeth's Hospital, where he served as President of Staff. Dr. John also supported the student athletes at St. Sebastian's throughout the sixties and seventies.

In 1972, Dr. John took a position with Boston College as a Staff Physician in Health Services. For the next 37 years, his love and commitment to his alma mater grew exponentially, and he soon became the team physician for the football, hockey, and men's and women's basketball programs. He embedded himself in the university, the staff, and most importantly, the students, becoming a fixture on the sidelines of every home football game. His unwavering passion and commitment to the athletes at Boston College included an on-field sideline view of "The Miracle in Miami." He was honored by Boston College with two distinctions: The Alumni Association Medal of Excellence in Medicine ('90), and an induction into the Boston College Varsity Club Hall of Fame in Medicine ('91). After almost four decades of service, Dr. John retired from Boston College at the age of 93.

Dr. John was fueled by his faith, family, and friends. Beyond that, his place of solitude was Humarock Beach in Scituate. He equally enjoyed the raw, natural power of a hurricane's impact on the ocean or a perfect summer day, relaxing with family. His passion for the Boston Red Sox included a deep knowledge of the farm system, which he loved to discuss. Seeing three World Series Championships over the past 14 years didn't suppress Dr. John's willingness to criticize the managers.

Dr. John and his entire brood were thrilled to celebrate his 100th birthday on July 21, 2016 at Humarock Beach. He loved a raucous gathering, full of generations, especially the babies, who were particularly at ease on his lap. He also loved to capture the lovely chaos on his giant camcorder. If you get a chance, ask one of his older grandchildren about the time he handed out dollar bills in exchange for on-camera "interviews." Although they regret some of their chosen hairstyles and fashion decisions, his family treasures that footage now.

Family and friends will honor and remember Dr. John's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Wednesday, February 15th from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 9 a.m. on Thursday morning before leaving in procession to Saint Mary's Church, 133 School Street, Waltham where his Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Waltham.

In lieu of flowers, the McManama family requests you consider a donation to charities most important to Dr. John (and his beloved Maggie): The New England Home for Little Wanderers, or the Disabled Veterans of America.