Thursday, June 12, 2014

Hundreds expected at Funeral for Veteran Comedian James " Uncle Jimmy Mack" McNair

 I remember meeting Mr. McNair last summer during a Trayvon Martin Rally and March we both attended and am close friends with a loved one of his whom is devastated by this great loss to the Peekskill Community. He was a mentor to many and I sure do know what it feels like to lose a mentor having lost mine this year. R.I.P Mr. Jimmy Mack and Condolences to all that knew and loved him.


Family and friends are bidding a final farewell this morning to a beloved Peekskill man who was killed in a crash in New Jersey that also injured comedian Tracy Morgan.

Hundreds are at the Paramount Theater in Peekskill today to pay tribute to James McNair, known to many in the entertainment world as 'Uncle Jimmy Mack.'

The 62-year-old was killed last weekend as he and his long-time friend were returning from a show in Delaware. The limousine bus they and two others were riding in was stopped in traffic on the New Jersey Turnpike when Georgia truck driver Kevin Roper rear-ended them.

McNair was a writer, actor and a standup comedian. He was also a big part of the Peekskill community as a fixture at the city's soup kitchen and its homeless shelter. He was also a very active member of the Mount Olivet Baptist Church.

Those who knew him say McNair had a reputation as someone who was always willing to volunteer to help others.

His wake is being held today from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Paramount Theater, which McNair helped to revitalize, followed by a special tribute. He will be laid to rest at Hillside Cemetery in Cortlandt Manor.

McNair leaves behind two children, their mother and six siblings.

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