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Edward McNamara

AGE: 73 •

On May 21, 2011, Edward McNamara joined his friend, Jesus our Lord, at the age of 73. Born and raised in Duquesne, PA, he was the son of Edward and Margaret McNamara.

Loving father to his children: Shelly Wurtz, wife of David Wurtz of Marmora, NJ; Shannon McNamara, husband of Lisa McNamara of West Grove, PA; and Heather McNamara of Berlin, NJ. Edward was predeceased by his son, Michael McNamara. He is also survived by his 4 grandchildren, Connor & John McNamara and David & Jack Wurtz, his sister Donna Fendrick of Fort Walton Beach, FL and predeceased sister, Margaret Mary McCarty. Edward greatly loved his children, his grandchildren, and the love of his life, his bride of 50 years Nancy McNamara. A History and Political Science major, Edward graduated from Edinboro University of PA in 1960, married his college sweetheart, Nancy, and moved to Barrington, New Jersey where he taught history at Over Brook Regional High School for 35 years. After retiring, Edward focused on enjoying time with his children and grandchildren, while having fun with his hobbies of bowling, golfing, gourmet cooking, and perusing the aisle of Dutchway and Weiss Markets. Edward lived life to the fullest with his hardy laugh and humble nature. His presence will be missed by many.

Family and friends are invited to celebrate Edward's life at Our Lady of Consolation Church, 603 West 2nd Ave., Parkesburg, PA 19365 on Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 11:00 am with a Celebration of the Liturgy Mass. Visitation at the church from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Our Lady of Consolation Church at the above address. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Wilde Funeral Home of Parkesburg. Online condolences can be posted at www.wildefuneralhome.com

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Published in Courier Post on May 24, 2011.
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August 18, 2011
Mr. Mac changed my life with his April Morning Society. I've gone thru so many tough decisions in life and I always faced them head on and never ran from them because of some of the things he taught us. In short, he helped me become a man and for that I will forever be in his gratitude. R.I.P.
Jason Daughtry
June 12, 2011
A Great Teacher!!! He will be Missed!!!!
Kimberly Shea
June 2, 2011
miss u Mr mac great history teacher
elaine burckhardt landis
June 2, 2011
It was my pleasure to work with the McNamara family when I was a teacher at the Culbertson School. His wonderful children are a reflection of their dedicated and loving parents. Mr.McNamara was helpful to me personally, and I will always appreciate that. My deepest condolences to his family.
Donna Lowther
June 1, 2011
May 31, 2011
mr. mac inspired me to be a teacher and i imagine there are many others that can say this. i will never forget the day he purposely insulted the girls in class and kept doing so until we unleashed on him. he relished that we had done so and was so proud that we did. i am so proud to have been part of his april morning society. he was a larger than life figure in the classroom, but yet i also remember watching him walk out on the softball field holding mrs. macs hand. he was an inspiration, a force to reckon with, and a gentleman.
caroline spilker
May 31, 2011
Mac was one of my best teacher's and best coach RIP Mac you will be missed!
Joyce Ruple Wilson
May 31, 2011
Mr. Mac was by far one of the best history teachers ever, funny, relate-able, and always talked so fondly of his family in class. I'm so glad to have had him as a teacher.... - Nichelle Pace (Overbrook Class of '90)
Nichelle Pace
May 31, 2011
Mr. McNamara was a fun and enjoyable history teacher. He helped us all understand history and made it one of my favorite hobbies today. He will be missed by all and left his family and friends early. My prayers are with his dear ones!!!

Carol Eltonhead (class of 1988)
May 30, 2011
mr mac was one of the funniest teaches i ever had....overbrook and its family lost a great member of it .....prayers to the family
May 30, 2011
My deepest sympathy to the family. Mr. Mac was an amazing teacher who pushed me passed all limits. As a young black woman he never let me back away he challenged me to kick down all doors. His April morning has arrived. You are in my prayers.He will be sorely missed.
Loretta Nichols
May 30, 2011
Mr. Mac was my favorite teacher! He was so funny and a great teacher. I will always remember him, I graduated in 1976. my heart goes out to his family and friends.
May 30, 2011
Mrs McNamara and family,
Just heard of Mr. Mac's passing. Our thought ans prayers are with you during this most difficult time. Mr Mac was certainly a favorite of all students, a true mentor during troubling years. He will be missed by all.
Rich Venuti and family.
May 30, 2011
Thank you for being such a caring and wonderful teacher,I am thankful to God I had the opportunity to be one of your many students.Rest In Peace,Mr.Mac!You will NEVER be forgotten!Thoughts and Prayers to the Family,Friends,and all for whom had the honor of encountering such a great human being in their lives!
Penney Wintling-Ayers
May 29, 2011
Please accept my condolences, Mr Mac was a favorite at ORHS, and I had the special pleasure of being in the drill squad during his tenure. He will be greatly missed. . .
Lynn Venuti Kirk
Lynn Kirk
May 27, 2011
Dear Nancy and children,
Ed was always a gentleman and one to go to for help and advice. I too taught at Overbrook for 34 years; he had that special humor which I adored. I know that you will all miss him but I am sure he is happy where he is right now. You are in my prayers.
Helen Gwalthney
May 26, 2011
Ed and I are so very sorry to hear of the passing of Ed, our old friend and neighbor.
Paula/Ed Case
May 24, 2011
Dear Nancy, Shelly, Shannon & Heather,
I just heard from Debbie Gant that Eddie had passed, and my heart and soul go out to you all. Please know that I am grieving with you, for I truly loved that man. He was like a big brother to me when we were all so young, and I will always remember the joy he carried with him, embodied in his positive attitude and kindness. I wish you Peace.
Robert McNamara
May 24, 2011
This message is for McNamara family...love and prayers being sent in this difficult time. I work with Shelly and have heard her talk fondly of her father...Sorry for your loss. God Bless
Lisa Hindman
lisa hindman
May 24, 2011
Truly one of the nicest men I have ever had the pleasure to know.Laughing with him was like breathing,natural.We'll miss him and are sorry for your loss.
Steve Lubrano
May 24, 2011
Dear Heather We are so sorry for your loss...our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Barb and Mike Colombo
Barbara Colombo
May 24, 2011
Dear Heather We are so sorry for your loss...our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Barb and Mike Colombo
Barbara Colombo
May 23, 2011
Dear Nancy....Sam and I extend to you and all of your family our deepest sympathy in the loss of your beloved husband. There is nothing we can say to ease your pain, but we want you to know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Mildred Smith
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