Michael McNamara

Obituary of Michael J. McNamara

Mike “Mac” McNamara, Mike was an adventurer, a sailor, a skier, a hunter, a fixer of things, a father and loving husband. Mike also liked to live life and make sure his friends did the same. His sense of adventure started in NJ while attending Admiral Farragut Academy. He seemed to be attracted to the water and would on occasion borrow a sailboat and gun and go out hunting across the bay. As he grew into his older teens, water skiing became an obsession. Mac and his buddy were the first to build water ski ramps in NJ and would be the talk of town jumping and carving up the river on their water skis. Mike attended Lehigh University to get his degree in Engineering. From there he began his career at Bethlehem Steel and continued with them until his retirement. This was the beginnings of his transition to being a Buffalonian. Mike spent many years exploring and the area of Bay Beach, Buffalo and Ellicottville. He settled on Clifton Parkway in Hamburg with his lifelong love, Ginger. From there they started their family with two children, Brian and Chris. This did not slow Mike down as he taught his boys, along with Ginger, to enjoy all of the excitement that he found in the activities that he enjoyed. Summers involved the family traveling all over WNY sailing Hobie Cats with fleet 119 with most of these trips being camping adventures. Fall was hunting and poker season with the Murder Hill Gang down in Ellicottville along with bird hunting with pals and some crazy dogs. Skiing during the winter at Holiday Valley was a weekly activity. Mac had a place in the village which was a home away from home. Ellicottville was the foundation of his children's skiing adventures. As Mike’s kids grew the adventures required travel outside of WNY. He would travel to New England, Utah and Colorado with the family as they competed in freestyle skiing. Both boys both chose to attend college in NH and CO. After retiring from Bethlehem Steel, Mike and Ginger would continue the fun by exploring both of these states and often camp out in their van seeing the countryside. As the kids married and had children, Mike’s love for his grandchildren was awesome. He cherished all that the little guys would do. His sense of adventure continues with them as they are also following in his footsteps. Mac would go out to the beach and gleam over the grandkids using the Hobie, sit in his backyard and watch the kids swimming, tubing and wakeboarding, and attend so many soccer, football and lacrosse games in all kinds of weather. He also enjoyed talking and watching football with the grandkids. Mike was also there as the grandkids made their first turns on the ski slopes. The one thing that Mike would also be sure to do his entire life was to have a good time. He enjoyed life and that love of life was infectious. He was a big boisterous guy who would command a room but only to invite everyone to the party. He will be missed by many. I will miss him, he made me who I am and his legacy will carry on. ~Brian McNamara, Michael J. February 19, 2022, of Hamburg, NY. Beloved husband of the late Virginia “Ginger” (nee Ward) McNamara; devoted father of Brian (Kristen) and Christopher McNamara; cherished grandfather of Kam, Christopher, Ava, and Trenton; also survived by many dear friends. He will be dearly missed by his hunting, skiing, and sailing families. Friends of Michael may visit Wednesday, February 23rd, 2022, from 3-7PM at LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC. 4199 Lake Shore Road, Hamburg, NY 14075, where a prayer service will be held at 7PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. For online condolences and donations, please visit www.LakesideFuneralHome.com.
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Wednesday
23
February

Visiting Hours

3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Wednesday, February 23, 2022
Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home, Inc. - Hamburg Location
4199 Lake Shore Rd
Hamburg, New York, United States
716-627-2919
Wednesday
23
February

Prayer Service

7:00 pm
Wednesday, February 23, 2022
Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home, Inc. - Hamburg, NY
4199 Lake Shore Road
Hamburg, New York, United States
716-627-2919
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