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Thomas Francis McNamara

January 26, 1928 ~ April 13, 2019 (age 91)

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CHARLOTTE – Thomas Francis McNamara, PhD, 91,  died peacefully on Saturday evening, April 13, 2019. He was born on January 26, 1928 in Brooklyn, NY, son of Thomas and Georgeanna Costello McNamara.


Dr. McNamara served in the US Army during the Korean War.  Following his military service, he received a BS degree from Manhattan College, a MA from Hofstra University and a PhD from Catholic University of America.  He was a scientist who held 19 U.S. Patents and following a career with Warner Lambert Company, he became a Dean and Professor at SUNY Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine. 


Dr. McNamara was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Ann McNamara who died in 2002, his parents, a brother, Raymond McNamara, and a son, Thomas McNamara.


He is survived by a son and three daughters, Michael McNamara and his wife, Lesli of Charlotte, Mary Ward and her husband, Ron of Burke, VA, Carolyn Pierce and her husband, Kelvin of Heuvelton, NY and Georgina Cranston and her husband, Michael of Greencastle, PA; grandchildren, Brian, Kevin and  Laura McNamara, Virginia, Amanda and James Ward, Reginald, Conner, Reilly, Carter, Maureen, Meaghan and Michael Pierce and Emma and Bridgette Cranston; two great-grandchildren, Lucas Shah and Etta Proctor; and a brother, Edward McNamara and his wife, Mary Ann of Lynbrook, NY .


A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Noon on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 7095 Waxhaw Highway, Lancaster, SC.  The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 6:00 until 7:30 at Kenneth Poe Services in Charlotte.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, April 27, 2019 in the chapel of Flinch & Bruns Funeral Home with interment following in the Holy Rood Cemetery in Westbury, NY. 


Memorials may be sent to the donor’s choice in memory of Dr. McNamara.


Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, Charlotte, NC and Flinch & Bruns Funeral Home in Lynbrook, NY. Online condolences can be shared at


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Funeral Service
April 27, 2019

10:00 AM
Flinch & Bruns Funeral Home, Inc.
34 Hempstead Avenue (corner Peninsula Blvd.)
Lynbrook, NY 11563


Cemetery of the Holy Rood
111 Old Country Road
Westbury, NY 11590

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