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Partners Join In Saying Goodbye To Oracle's Mark McNamara, A Champion For Oracle's Channel

Oracle's senior vice president for cloud platform sales for North America leaves four children after a tragic accident takes his life. Partners say he will be missed.

Loved ones of Mark McNamara said goodbye Friday in a memorial service for the 49-year-old Oracle sales executive who died last weekend in a tragic accident.

Many Oracle executives and channel partners joined McNamara's family to remember a loving and extremely dedicated husband and father-of-four who was a favorite with Oracle's partners.

There were so many well-wishers that St. Luke's Roman Catholic Church in Westborough, Mass. overflowed, said Ed Roske, CEO of Oracle partner interRel, who flew from Arlington, Tex. to attend the Mass.

"Mark McNamara had a track record of success at Oracle and at IBM before that, but what made him so impactful was that he was genuine, humble, and completely devoted to his family," Roske said.

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Partners saw McNamara as a champion for Oracle's channel, and one of the nicest people they got to work with.

"When he said he was going to partner with you, he would go to the ends of the earth to make that partnership a success," Roske told CRN. "I owe a lot of interRel's success to Mark and a lot of other people do too. Mark truly left the world a better place than he found it."

Allen Falcon, CEO of Cumulus Global, doesn't partner with Oracle, but knew McNamara through their sons, who played together on a little league team this summer.

McNamara was an avid sports enthusiast who coached his children in many sports.

"He loved and supported his kids. This season was his 15th as a manger or coach for little league," Falcon told CRN.

The baseball team and their families sat together at Friday's service, Falcon said.

McNamara died August 10 at his home in Narragansett, Rhode Island.

He spent nearly 10 years at IBM, where he rose from a regional sales chief to lead Big Blue's Analytics sales organization for all of North America.

When McNamara joined Oracle in 2015 as a senior vice president, he took a similar position as the top North American sales exec for analytics, responsible for go-to-market strategy for Oracle's analytics and big data businesses.

In June, he changed jobs to lead North American cloud platform sales, where he concentrated on the mid-market.

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