Santa Barbara, CASanta Barbara Independent
William McNamara passed away on March 1 after a yearlong fight with laryngeal cancer. Bill was born and raised in Evanston, Illinois, the only child of William E. McNamara and Louise Lau McNamara. As a child, he survived life-threatening burns that left him scarred but strong and determined, as well as close to the uncle who “broke” him out of the hospital and took him on a Route 66 road trip to reinvigorate his lust for life. When he was a young man, his search for truth led him to Catholicism, and he lived the rest of his life a faithful and devoted member of the Church.