McNamara III ("AL") went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Feb. 15, 2013 after a courageous battle with cancer that lasted nearly 20 years. He handled his illness with extraordinary dignity and grace throughout. Al was a loving husband, devoted father, conscientious worker, loyal friend, and an inspiration to all of us. If you had the pleasure of knowing Al, you knew one of the most sincere and at the same time funniest people you would ever meet.
Al was born in Houston on August 16, 1961 to Sandra and A.C. McNamara, Jr. He graduated from San Marcos High School in 1979 and then attended the University of Texas in Austin, graduating in 1983 with a B.A. in Petroleum Land Management. He was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha and the Texas Cowboys.
After graduation, Al worked as a landman in the oil and gas industry, in site acquisition and leasing in the telecom industry, and as a residential real estate appraiser.
Al met the love of his life, Jean Anderson, at a Texas Exes function in Houston in 1987. They were married at St. Luke's Methodist Church on July 30, 1988, and settled in Bellaire. They were blessed with two children, Paige Elizabeth and John Albert. Besides his loving wife and children, Al is survived by his parents Mac and Sandy, sister Audrey Curl and husband Paul, niece and nephew Anna and Matthew Curl, all of San Antonio; brother Andrew McNamara and his wife Amy of Minneapolis, father and mother-in-law John and Sue Anderson of Houston, sister-in-law Suzanne Anderson of Austin, and countless friends.
Al loved everything about Texas, especially being outdoors with his dog by his side. He was an avid cyclist and rode in the MS 150 numerous times. He loved camping, canoeing and floating down the San Marcos River. Al liked nothing better than sitting in the Frio River or on the beach in Galveston surrounded by friends and enjoying some good music and a cold beer. He was a huge college football fan and especially loved his Texas Longhorns. He spent as much time as he could in Austin and only severe illness kept him from UT home games. Al was a member of the Boy Scouts of America Bellaire Methodist Troop 222, along with his son Jack. He was an active member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church. Finally, Al was a proud member of the T.O.A.D. and all that it stood for.
The family would like to thank M.D. Anderson and all of the many doctors, nurses and PAs who cared for Al throughout the years, especially the always patient and caring Dr. Issa Khouri and Yvonne Hsu. A memorial service will be held Friday, February 22 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 3471 Westheimer Road, with a reception following in the Fellowship Hall.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Al's name to Red Collar Rescue, http://www.redcollar.org/donations.html or Crossroads School, http://www.crossroadsschoolhouston.org/
Published in Houston Chronicle on Feb. 21, 2013