Who Was James McCartney?
James (Jim) McCartney, was the father of Paul McCartney, an English songwriter for the Beatles. James was a volunteer firefighter during World War II and of which he was absent in the rearing of Paul.
James was married to his first wife, Mary Patricia with whom he gave birth to Paul. Similarly, he also has a son, Peter Michael, and a daughter, Ruth from his second wife, Angie.
Even though their father was a former Protestant who had become agnostic, Paul and Michael were baptized in their mother's Catholic religion.
McCartney's parents originated from the "lowest rungs of the working class." But had seen some upward social mobility over their lives, according to his biographer Peter Ames Carlin.
Jim had worked as a salesman for the cotton merchants A. Hannay and Co. before the war, having been promoted from his job as a sample boy in their warehouse.
However, when the war broke out, Hannay's was closed down, and Jim was employed as a lathe turner at Napier's defense engineering works, volunteering for the fire brigade at night.
Jim returned to his employment at the cotton merchants after the war, but with a lower salary. His wife, Mary's job as a visiting midwife paid substantially better.
Her wages enabled them to relocate to 20 Forthlin Road, Allerton, where they remained until 1964. She rode her bicycle to her patients; McCartney recalled her departing at "around three a.m., streets packed with snow."
On October 31, 1956, when McCartney was 14, his mother died of an embolism as a result of breast cancer surgical complications.
Jim remarried at the age of 61 to Angela Lucia Williams, his second wife. She was a widow who was 28 years his junior.
She had a five-year-old daughter named Ruth McCartney, whom Jim adopted. Angela, also known as Angie, is the owner and creator of McCartney Multimedia. Until his death, they were inseparable.
Paul married Linda McCartney in March 1969 and named his son James McCartney in remembrance of his father.
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