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Wallace E. “Mac” McNary

Posted By Hall-Wynne On February 12, 2016 @ 1:31 pm In Durham,News,Obituaries | 17 Comments

Wallace E. “Mac” McNary, age 87, died peacefully on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 surrounded by his loving family at Pettigrew Rehabilitation Center. Mac was born in Pomona, KS to the late Gladden and Mary Motzkus McNary.

Mac proudly served his country while stationed in the U.S. Air Force in the late 40’s. An avid Duke fan, Mac was a long-time member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. He was well known over the years as the owner/operator of the Baskin Robbins store in Northgate Mall and most recently for working in the men’s Dept. at JC Penney.

Mac is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 53 years, Evelyn McNary of Durham, NC; his three children, Valerie McNary of Augusta, GA; Stephen McNary of Miami Beach, FL; and Craig McNary of Durham; his three brothers, Virtus, James and Glenn McNary and sister, Mary Ellen Wells.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered 10:00 a.m. Monday, February 15, 2016 from Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father Charlie Miller, OFM, and Father Donald Staib presiding. A reception in the gathering space will be held after mass followed by burial with military honors at St. Matthew Catholic Cemetery.

Friends may visit Sunday afternoon from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service in Durham.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church (Love Fund), 810 W. Chapel Hill St., Durham, NC 27701.

On-line memorials: www.hallwynne.com.

Condolences for the family of “Wallace E. “Mac” McNary”

Condolence from Vincent and Doris Folio on February 12th, 2016 2:12 pm

Aunt Evelyn, Valarie, Stephen, and Craig,
Mac was such a special man , he was loved and respected by all . We were privileged to have known him. Loving and loved by all that knew him. He will be sorely missed!

Condolence from Debbie Jones on February 13th, 2016 10:33 am

Dear Evelyn,
I will continue to pray during this sad time for you and your family. You were so blessed with many wonderful years with Mac and the many memories you shared. May they sustain you now. Love to all of you.
Debbie and Larry Jones

Condolence from Margaret Wrein on February 13th, 2016 12:49 pm

My heart goes out to The McNary Family at this time. I’m shocked! I just wanted to say that working for and with The McNary’s over the years was just filled with joy and humor. The McNary Family was always full of laughter. This is why it was such a pleasure and a honor to have been a part of The Baskin and Robbins family. Over the years I’ve often thought about The McNary’s in their day to day involvement with people. They show love,compassion for all people. Most of all Mr.Mac and Mrs. Mac was the type of people that when ever we had a concern about things going on in personal lives it was so easy to speak with them about it. They showed love for every one that worked for and with them. The love of Jesus showed in their contact with people on a day to day. Mr. Mac and Mrs. Mac , and their children was genuine as well as humerous. It was a pleasure to have known and worked with this be-love family. Mr. Mac will surely be missed by all that knew him and this wonderful family..My heart-felt prayers will be with you at this time. With love, Margaret Wrein.

Condolence from Camille Mazzucco on February 13th, 2016 1:13 pm

Evelyn & Family –
So sorry to hear of Mac’s passing. Our thoughts and Prayers are with you.
Camille & Tony Mazzucco (Tom Diamond’s sister-in-law)

Condolence from Betsy Ross Nichols on February 13th, 2016 3:46 pm

I am so very sorry to hear that this world has lost Mac. He will be greatly missed by so many. I worked with Mac when I was only in my 20’s and felt that he was such a kind man and a wonderful influence on me then. Having seen him on many occasions over these many years, either when enjoying ice cream or when purchasing from the men’s department at Penney’s, it was always such a pleasure to catch up on how our respective families were doing. It was always so evident how much he loved Evelyn and the children. My husband and I will be thinking of all of you. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Mary Ellen and Gerry Griffin on February 13th, 2016 9:31 pm

Our deepest sympathy to you and the family.”Mac ” was quite a gentleman. We just loved to find him “on duty” when we went into the men’s dept at JC Penney’s. We are so sorry that his last few years were so difficult, but you always took such good care of him. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.
Mary Ellen and Gerry Griffin Roswell, GA .Feb.13,2016

Condolence from Sandy Nalley on February 13th, 2016 10:07 pm

Valarie and family I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with all of you. Valarie I am glad you got to go see him If I can do anything let me know.

Condolence from Sharon Doorley on February 13th, 2016 10:42 pm

Dear Evelyn and family. I just heard at church this evening that Mac passed away. So very sorry to hear it. He was such a sweet man with such a sweet face. And Evelyn, my family is forever grateful for the care you provided to Dad when he was in the nursing home. Thank you again. I am praying for your family to find find peace. Please let me know if there is some way I can help.

Condolence from Mary Brouillard on February 14th, 2016 12:17 pm

Val: I want you to know that I am thinking of you and your family as you go through this difficult time. I know first hand that Dads are one-of-kind, and no matter how long we have them it’s never long enough. I see that he grew up in Kansas as did I – that gives him good points – and I know he did a helluva good job raising you ( even if you repeat yourself at times) — all of which tells mewhat a wonderful man he was. Take your time, feel your feelings, and hug your family. We will be here for you when you get back. Best wishes, Mary

Condolence from Tom Cronley on February 15th, 2016 7:23 am

Keeping you all in our prayers. Evelyn, we’ll stay in touch.

Tom and Kathleen Cronley

Condolence from Pat Rinaldi on February 15th, 2016 5:13 pm

I was so sorry to hear of Mac’s passing. He was a good man and so nice to everyone he ever met. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you at this sad time. You were always there for Mac taking care of him even when you weren’t well. You are one of the most loving and giving people I’ve ever known. As you know, at Pete’s funeral service, our Pastor called you the Rinaldi’s Angel. He told of watching as you took care of our family and giving of your time and love to make sure we were okay. He said he had never seen such a person that showed that much concern and love for a family as you did ours. Evelyn, I will forever be grateful to you during that time. Please know you and your children are in my thoughts and prayers at this time.
Love and deepest sympathy,
Pat Rinaldi

Condolence from April Fletcher on February 15th, 2016 5:51 pm

Evelyn, I am very sorry about Mac. I have been thinking about you and your family. It’s never easy.

Condolence from Gayle Wentz on February 15th, 2016 8:33 pm

Hi Valerie, So sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. He always seemed happy when I saw him at BR and JCP.

Condolence from April Fletcher on February 15th, 2016 8:40 pm

Evelyn, I am so sorry able Mac. Thinking of you and your family. It is never easy.

Condolence from Martha Wilkie on February 16th, 2016 9:35 pm

Dear Valerie, I am so sorry to hear about your dad and will remember your family in my prayers. May God grant you all peace and strength.

Martha Davis Wilkie

Condolence from Becky on February 16th, 2016 9:49 pm

Dear Valerie,

Praying you find strength in the love and support of your family as you celebrate your father.

Becky Brown Jarman

Condolence from Julie on February 23rd, 2016 3:18 pm

Mrs. McNary and Family,

I just heard the news about Mr. Mac I am deeply saddened. My very first job was at Baskin Robbins and I have never forgotten my time there. I share my stories about my time there often with my children now. It was a family business and when you worked with the McNary’s you became part of the family. I remember Craig picking on me or playing games. I remember Mrs. Mac teaching me how to write on cakes when she wasn’t there. I remember Mr. Mac worried about me after I got frost bite from the dry ice when I forgot to use the paper with it. Or how he laughed at me the first time I locked myself in the freezer looking for ice cream and too panicked, I forgot about the safety latch inside. He opened the door and I just ran to him and thanked him for saving me. He was more like a father than a boss. He was kind to everyone and had the best smile. He will never be forgotten and he will be missed! I’m just sorry I didn’t hear about his passing sooner.

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