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James F. McNabb

December 9, 1931 ~ July 16, 2022 (age 90)

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James (Jim) McNabb passed away peacefully at his home on July 16, 2022.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Mary McNabb, older brother William (Bill) McNabb, and younger brother John (Jack) McNabb; his wife Mary Agnes Murphy and son, James Matthew (JM) McNabb.

He is survived by his daughter, Charlotte McNabb (Bob Hutchison) and five grandchildren he adored: Ruairi and Keir Hutchison, Suzanna, Patrick, and Jaime McNabb; and his extended family of nieces and nephews.

Jim grew up in West Philadelphia and graduated from St. Thomas More Catholic Boys High School in 1949. He then went on to St. Joseph's University where he graduated in 1957. Mary graduated from West Catholic Girls School in 1953. They were married at St. Gregory's Catholic Church in 1955.

Jim went on to become a Certified Public Accountant in Pennsylvania and then in Virginia. He served on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Society of CPAs and was treasurer of Boxley Quarries in Roanoke, VA, a quarry company that has operations across the state of Virginia. He left Roanoke in 1984 to join Broyhill and Associates, a quarry and lime producer in Annville, PA as Financial Vice President. Jim represented the National Stone Association with the United States Financial Committee in the Tax Reform Bill of 1986. He was also chairman of the Taxation Committee of the USA. Jim retired in 1996 to his farm in Fincastle, VA, Braemor Farm. It continues to provide hay for livestock and horses.

Jim was active in the Knights of Columbus, Council 562 and a faithful navigator of the fourth degree, and actively participated in the Ancient Order of Hibernians in Roanoke. His favorite activity was golfing at Roanoke and Botetourt Country Clubs until the age of 88. You could also find him swimming laps at the pool at the Botetourt Athletic Club. He had been an active runner and ran in the Philadelphia marathon and Marine Corps marathon in Washington, DC in 1981.

Jim was proud of his background in West Philadelphia and St Thomas "More Bear Tracks." He always appreciated all the efforts of the men in the Air National Guard. Thanks for the spirit of the St Thomas Alumni!

There will be a memorial mass 11:00 am Saturday, August 6 Church of the Transfiguration, 7624 Roanoke Road, Fincastle, VA where he had been a member of the congregation since 1996. Rev. Fr. Stephen McNally will officiate. He will be laid to rest next to his wife and son in a private committal service at St. Andrew’s Cemetery following Mass.

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Memorial Mass
August 6, 2022

11:00 AM
Church of the Transfiguration
7624 Roanoke Road
Fincastle, VA 24090

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