EAST MILLINOCKET - James P. "Jamie" McDunnah, 32, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at his home. He was born May 23, 1980, in Houlton, the son of Thomas P. and Lisa L. (Sherman) McDunnah.
Jamie was a graduate of Schenck High School, class of 1998. While in high school he excelled in athletics, and was particularly talented in soccer and basketball. Jamie loved the sport of racing and grew up racing with his father and brothers, and went on to work for several years in the Winston Cup Series. He worked for Roy Hill Drag Racing School for a period of time, and was a licensed drag race driver and held license #PS1000. Jamie was privileged and proud to have worked for the racing teams of Ricky Rudd, Dale Jarrett and Matt Kenseth, and was a member of the Robert Yates Racing Team, for which Dale Jarrett was driver, which won the Winston Cup Championship Series in 1999. While auto racing was where he worked, Jamie also enjoyed dirt biking and moto cross racing.
He is survived by his parents, Thomas P. McDunnah of East Millinocket and Lisa L. Fogarty and her companion, Tim Suitter, of Houlton; a son, Maverick McDunnah of Winthrop; four siblings, Cameron McDunnah and his wife, Melissa, of East Millinocket, Geoffrey McDunnah and his wife, Angela, of Old Town, Kacey Fogarty and Brittany Fogarty of Houlton; paternal grandmother, Anna McDunnah of East Millinocket; maternal grandmother, Sandra Duff of Littleton; maternal grandmother, Arlene Crosby of Ludlow; four nieces and nephews, Mackenzie, Mitchell, Madison and Mason; many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Jamie will also be missed by Maverick's mother, Rachel Monahan of Winthrop, special aunts, Lana Desmond and Laurie Moscone and her husband, Bob; and special cousins, D.J. McDunnah and wife, Kara, and family, Matthew Moscone and wife, Darlene, and Michelle Moscone. He was predeceased by his paternal great-grandparents, Linwood "Pup" McDunnah and Rose McDunnah; paternal grandfather, Delmont McDunnah; maternal grandfather, Philip Sherman; and an uncle, Richard McDunnah.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 1 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at Christ the Divine Mercy Parish, St. Peter's Catholic Church, 58 Cedar St., East Millinocket, with the Rev. Joel Cyr, pastor, presider. Friends are invited to visit with the family 11 a.m. until the time of Mass at the church. Spring interment will be at East Millinocket Cemetery. Gifts in memory of Jamie may be sent to Maverick McDunnah Education Fund, care of EastMill Federal Credit Union, 60 Main St., East Millinocket, ME 04430. Arrangements are by Lamson Funeral Home, East Millinocket. Messages of condolence may be expressed at www.lamsonfh.com