The former city of Rockford Mayor John McNamara, father of current Mayor Tom McNamara, passed away Wednesday, Sep. 30, 2020, at the age of 81. Mayor John McNamara served two-terms as mayor from 1981 through 1988. McNamara also served in the U.S Army in Vietnam from 1964 to 1966 and was decorated with a Bronze Star before becoming an assistant public defender in Winnebago County. He was a father to three daughters and three sons.

“My father was a true servant leader. He served his family, his country and his community,” said Mayor Tom McNamara. “He has been my greatest influence in how I’ve lived my life, how I’ve helped lead our great city, and how I want my children to live their lives,” said Mayor Tom McNamara.
In honor of Mayor John McNamara and his fondness for Rockford and a belief in its people, City Hall and the Morgan Street Bridge will be lit in multiple colors, reflecting the city’s diversity, from October 1 through October 8.

The RHA Leadership team and the entire staff at the Rockford Housing Authority, during John McNamara’s terms as Mayor, worked closely together to provide the needed services and affordable housing for our residents in the Rockford community. We would like to extend our condolences, our thoughts, and our prayers to the family and the many friends of John McNamara. He has left an indelible mark on the grater Rockford community and he will be missed greatly. Laura Snyder, RHA CEO, the RHA Board of Commissioners, and staff of RHA.