In Memory

Mike McNamara

Mike McNamara

It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my dad Michael Mc Namara tonight. He has a wonderful man! To know him was to love him. He was a loving husband, father, brother, Peapa and friend to so many. He will be missed immensely. Pray for him and his family and friends.


So so sad to lose our Santa. Mac was of course more than just an amazing Santa my entire life for myself, brothers, cousins, and all of our children, when we grew up. He then became a mall Santa at Hillsdale and I think Serramonte and made Christmas special for other children He loved making kids smile and believe in the magic of Christmas 🎄 He is and has always been family to me. We love you Mac and can never thank you enough for making Christmas amazing for us and our kids. Your laugh will never be forgotten ♥ After hugging your wife, Shay, please give Cody and John a huge hug too.

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10/24/21 11:26 AM #1    

George Guiver

It was sad and surprising to here of Mike’s passing yesterday. I initially couldn’t believe what I was reading. I got to know Mike in band at Mills. I believe he played the clarinet. My memory of him at that time was a very friendly guy. One of the great things about the internet is getting back in touch with people. Mike and I would post and respond to posts from each other all the time. Everyday he would tell us all to keep safe. My heart goes out to his family and other friends. RIP Mike. You will be missed. 

10/24/21 02:37 PM #2    

Douglas Campau (Sugano)

I knew Mike first as Margaret Jones Alterton's cousin and second as a fellow employee at Rod McClellan's Nursery. Mike always had a smile for me and had a great laugh. I'm going to play that laugh in my head
To remember him.

10/25/21 11:25 AM #3    

David E. Kazanjian

So sorry to read that Mike passed away. He was such a friendly warm and compassionate man. The perfect Santa. Peace to him and all who loved him. We'll all meet up again down the trail.


10/25/21 11:44 AM #4    

Kathryn Jackson (King)

I am a cousin of Mike's from the UK. I was so shocked and saddened to hear the sad news about Mike. I was truly blessed with meeting and getting to know Mike, while staying with Margaret Jones between 1967 and 1969 and attending Mills High. We lost contact for many years when I returned to the UK but glad to say, we were reconnected again about 12 years ago, through social media.  What a special, beautiful person Mike was!  He had a great sense of humour and brought so much joy to many people, especially at christmas time!  I have to say also, that he had great taste in music. I am going to miss Mike so much, he always used to brighten my day! My thoughts and prayers are with all his family and friends at this most difficult time.

10/25/21 11:47 AM #5    

Caren Ramsell (Castelli)

I was suprised to hear about Mike's passing.  He had posted a question on Facebook last week - but I didn't realize it would be the last time we communicated.

I first met  Mike at the top of Hillcrest at the Bus Stop.  Mike had a big smile on his face and a clarinet in the other hand.  A few stops later we p/u his cousins Margaret and Kathy (from England) boarded the bus.  I thought Mike was so lucky to have cousins at the same H.S. he was going to.

Mike and I would chat online once in a while - or talk at the Reunions - or see him once in a while at Neal's Retaurant in Burlingame. Mike was usually talking to small children at the restaurant about Christmas or Santa with his big smile behind the beard that he was so proud of!

**One of Mike's last postings on Facebook a week or so ago - was asking if anyone had any allergic reactions to having a Cortisone Shot**  Not sure if this is what caused his passing.**

My condolences to Mike's family.  Rest in Peace Mike - now you and Shay are both high in the sky.


10/25/21 01:12 PM #6    

Terry Lustenberger (Exner)

I remember Mike as far back as sixth grade when I moved to Millbrae. Your family was lucky to have such strong family ties which demonstrates Mike's good heart.  My prayers and condolences. 

10/25/21 02:36 PM #7    

Suzi Snyder (Hertel)

I am so sorry to hear of Mike's passing.  He was always smiling, and made others around him feel like smiling too!  From reading here, I can see he was very devoted to and so loved by family and friends,  The world is less for his absence.  May he rest in peace.

10/25/21 08:15 PM #8    

Steve Holquist

This is shocking and sad news. I (Betsy) have known Mike since we were in elementary school together at Highlands in Millbrae. Steve and I have often seen him around town over the years and at our local diner, Neal's.

In fact, I just ran into him there last month . As always he was enjoying life. Rest in Peace my friend!

Betsy and Steve Holquist

10/26/21 01:39 AM #9    

Nancy Sciabica

I'm saddened to learn of Mike's passing. 
He was truly a dear soul. He was so thoughtful in his textings and phone calls to me for which I will always have appreciation.  In 2017, we had a full day of fun at The Sate Fair. About a month before his passing, he phoned me from his sister's house and informed me of his heart attack.  When I responded with "OMG", he said nonchalantly, "These things happen." Hoping for a speedy recovery, we planned on having another outing in the near future. I'll always remember with endearment his big toothy smile and his saying "Holy Moly!"

I miss him already.

Rest In Peace dear friend.


10/27/21 02:11 PM #10    

Gregg Harris

It's a sad day. Mike and I sat together at the last reunion. We laughed and told stories of our school days and our lives. He was such a great person. I had played Santa at a work event and we shared our thoughts. He was the professional. His beard was fantastic. He will be missed by ALL.  Rest in Peace my friend.

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