• Former Educator, Coach Mickey McNamee Passes Away


    Michael “Mickey” McNamee, an icon of San Marino education and athletics since the early 1960s, passed away this morning at Arcadia Methodist Hospital. He was 74 years old.

    McNamee had been in failing health for the past six months, but had bravely battled cancer for the last five years.

    Mickey is survived by his wife, Lynn, and their daughter Caryn. Another daughter, Trish, preceded him in death.

    A memorial service is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, January 11 at San Marino Congregational Church.

    A full obituary will appear in the January 9 edition of The Tribune.

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    Added: January 2, 2014. 2:42 PM

    This is saddening. Such a good man and beloved educator. His health and driver’s ed course was one of my favorites. He will be deeply missed. My thoughts go out to his loved ones.

    Added: January 2, 2014. 7:24 PM

    Coach McNamee will be missed. He was a great man, mentor and coach. Thank you for all that you have done.

    Added: January 2, 2014. 7:58 PM

    Coach McNamee was a wonderful coach, teacher and mentor. I am very saddened to hear of his passing. He made a huge impression in my life. He had a knack of being there at the right time to impress upon the importance of making good decisions and always being a good sport. He will always be in my thoughts and prayers.
    Michael Battaglia SMHS class of 1985

    Added: January 2, 2014. 11:13 PM

    Mickey McNamee was one of the greatest influences of my life. He was my first San Marino football coaches on an undefeated league championship team teaching us how to work harder than we ever thought our capabilities would allow. My World History teacher who wore a different sport coat and tie every day. His line about Julius Caesar getting a little cold metal between the ribs sticks with me to this day. He was my Driver’s Education teacher! After my Dad died, he gave me special counseling. A few decades later, he was there for my kids! A very, very special MAN!!!

    Added: January 3, 2014. 10:57 AM

    It was an honor to have played Cee football and varsity baseball under the exceptional leadership of Coach McNamee. As well, he was a great educator, having taken his freshman history class. I was saddened to hear of his passing, but I am a better person for having known Coach and have only the very best of high school memories as a result. Rest in peace Coach.
    Jeff Wilson, Class of 1971

    Added: January 4, 2014. 5:30 PM

    Coach McNamee you will be missed so very much. My brother Andy and I will never forget you. Thank you for everything you have done.

     
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