Walter J. McNamara, Jr. 76, died at Crystal Coast Hospice House January 28, 2015 after a long battle with cancer. Born in Albany, NY, Walter graduated from Albany Academy and Brown University. He served as a helicopter pilot in the Marine Corps from 1961 to 1965, leaving the Corps with the rank of Captain. He worked as a pilot for United Airlines from 1965 until 1998, retiring as Captain of 747-400’s. Walter resided in Ridgefield, CT for 32 years and has been happily settled in New Bern, NC for the past 12.
Walter had a fiercely bright intellect, hilarious sense of humor, and stunningly quick wit. He had the rare ability to follow rules while still seeing what needed to be challenged and changed. His intense energy and great desire to right wrongs led him to develop terrific innovations that benefit United Airlines, his longtime hometown in CT, and his family and friends.