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West Orange Times & Observer Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018 1 year ago

Obituary: Donald Lester "Poppa Don" McNamara

Mr. McNamara, owner of Giant Recreation World, died Monday, Jan. 1, 2018.
by: Amy Quesinberry Community Editor

In loving memory of Donald Lester McNamara “Poppa Don” (1943-2018), who was called to Heaven early Monday, Jan. 1, 2018.

He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara; his children, Lawrence, Paris, Scott, Eleanor, Joseph, Daniel; his stepchildren, Brad, Cindy; and 20 grandchildren.

His success as an entrepreneur made it possible for him to endow the families of his employees with college scholarships, to support his community and to make a positive mark on the world. He was always willing to help those around him who are in need and was very active with many charities including, but not limited to, the homeless veterans in Central Florida, local schools, pet rescue organizations and the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

He was a business leader in Central Florida since 1976 and during that time was voted one of the best places to work in Central Florida and one of the top 50 RV dealers in the U.S. by his peers.

He served honorably in the USMC, achieving the rank of lance corporal.

He will be remembered as a beloved husband, father and grandfather to his family, and also he will be remembered as a straight-shooter, mentor and father figure to his Giant Recreation World family of employees and customers alike. He is the Poppa Don.

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Mr. Donald McNamara (Poppa Don) on Jan. 1, 2018.

In lieu of flowers the family would like donations made to the following charities in his name:

• Polka Dogz Pet Rescue, a non-profit organization in Winter Garden that has been near and dear to both Barbara and Don McNamara. They have donated generously in the past, both with their time and money, especially when the shelter was on the verge of closing down. You are encouraged to post pictures of your pets on their Facebook page and learn more about this charity: to view more about this charity. Please log on to and go to [email protected] to make a donation.

• St. Jude Children's Hospital, a non-profit organization that provides accommodations and food to parents of ill and terminally ill children so that they can focus on their children's health. Please go to the link below to make a donation.

Arrangements entrusted to Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Home, Winter Garden, Florida.

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