Mark J. McNamara
1965 - 2021
BORN
1965
DIED
2021
FUNERAL HOME
James Crowder Funeral Home - Webster/Clear Lake
111 East Medical Center Boulevard
Webster, TX
Mark Jeffrey McNamara, 56, of Houston, Texas, died on August 20, 2021 following a difficult battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife Karen and his son Patrick, his brothers Frank (Lisa) of Marblehead, MA and John (Christa) of Darien, CT, his sisters Moira (Lance) James of Marblehead, MA and Kathy (Bob) Hugin of Summit, NJ, his stepmother Lois McNamara of Vero Beach, FL and many nieces and nephews.

Mark was born in Stamford, Connecticut to Francis J. McNamara, Jr. and Noreen O'Connor McNamara, and he lived in California, Washington, D.C. and Connecticut before relocating to Houston in 2011.

Mark was devoted to his family and loved spending time with Karen and Patrick. Mark and Karen were married in 2009, and Karen had an immeasurable impact on the course of his life. Mark enjoyed going with Karen and Patrick to an Astros baseball game or a Texans football game, taking an occasional family vacation, participating in all of Patrick's school and athletic activities, and just being with them while grilling dinner in the back yard.

Apart from his family, Mark's second love in life was sailing. Mark was a lifelong sailor, having grown up sailing dinghys at the Stamford and Noroton Yacht Clubs. His passion for sailing continued into adult life, and his career spanned almost all aspects of the competitive sailing world. Mark was a boatyard worker, race boat captain, sailmaker and finally an integral cog in the youth sailing world for the past 15 years.

In 2007 Mark began a business specifically to service youth sailing in the United States. In 2011 he acquired KO Sailing in Seabrook, Texas, where he was able to continue the programs he had developed and add a variety of new ones. His vision was to help sailors and their parents in whatever way he could, and he became a fixture at youth sailing events. Mark was always stationed at the "KO Truck" to help any sailor, from the Opti beginner to the most competitive young sailors on a national and international level. He did all this while always maintaining the emphasis on kids having fun sailing. This attitude was most clearly demonstrated when it came to his son Patrick. There was nothing Mark loved more than watching his son learn to sail.

A memorial service is planned for Connecticut in the fall.
Published by The Bay Area Citizen from Sep. 8 to Sep. 9, 2021.
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My condolences to all of the family..love all of the memories of growing up with all of you across the street..now we are spread across the country..God Bless.love Yvonne
Yvonne Ryan Cusick
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September 10, 2021
My sympathies to Karen and Patrick on the news of Mark´s death. I have joyful memories of time spent with Mark at the Stamford yacht club , biking around Shippan , and enjoying the pool on Ocean Dr., West in our youth. I am glad to hear he was able to follow his sailing passion in life and wish for him calm seas and perpetual light.
Terrence Ryan
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August 31, 2021
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