Dr. Lee F. McNamara

Dr. Lee F. McNamara

June 11, 1932 – May 12, 2021

Dr. Lee F. McNamara, a long-time practicing physician in Omaha, Nebraska died on May 12, 2021 from non-COVID-19 related lung failure. He was surrounded by his loving family at the time of his passing.  The family is especially grateful to the incredible caregiving team that stood by Lee’s side during his journey to heaven.

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL, Monday, May 17th at 10am at Christ The King Catholic Church, 654 S 86th Street. VISITATION AND RECEPTION will immediately follow the Mass.  Private Internment for the family: 2:30 pm at Calvary Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Creighton University School of Medicine, Creighton Preparatory School, or Christ The King Catholic Church. Visit www.heafeyheafey.com for more information.

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Dr. Lee F. McNamara, age 88 years, died in Omaha, Nebraska on May 12, 2021 from non-COVID-19 related lung failure. He was surrounded by his family at the time of his passing. The family is especially grateful to the incredible caregiving team that stood by Lee’s side during his journey to heaven; including special thanks to Michelle Whyte RN, Lonetta Lee, Susianna Winn, Trinidad Estrada and Dollie Reynolds.

Lee was born in Omaha in 1932, a place he proudly called home for his entire life. He graduated from Creighton Prep in 1950 and Creighton University in 1954. While in college Lee was introduced to Priscilla McIntosh, a student at Duchesne College of the Sacred Heart. Pris and Lee fell in love and got married in 1956, where they were blessed with a loving relationship, strong partnership and five children. Lee graduated from Creighton University’s School of Medicine in 1958, completed his OB/GYN residency at Creighton in 1962, and went on to practice as a family medicine and OB/GYN physician for 52 years. He retired in 2014 at 82 years old.

Being a doctor brought great joy and purpose to Lee’s life. He founded Suburban West Medical, working as a life-long solo practitioner. He was a fierce advocate and expert medical diagnostician for his patients, for all the babies he delivered and for all the multi-generational families he took care of in his practice. He will be greatly missed by his patients, his office staff over the years, and his fellow physicians, nurses and clinicians in the Bergan Mercy community.

As hard as he worked, Lee will also be remembered for how he joyfully celebrated life, his family, and many long-time friends. A former patient, who recently shared her condolences with the family, said it best: “He was a great and caring doctor, a true friend, a huge Bluejay and Husker fan; who loved America, Elvis, country music and all the holidays.”

He was preceded in death by his wife, Priscilla (McIntosh) McNamara; parents, Dorothy (Spinharney) and Joseph McNamara; brother, Joseph McNamara Jr.; sister and brother-in-law Patricia (McNamara) and Robert Heffernan; mother-and-father-in-law, Estelle (Harrington) and Clifton McIntosh; son-in-law, Deon Pitsor; grandson, Daniel Joseph McKinney; brother-in-law, John “Jackie” McIntosh; sister-in-law,  Sheila McIntosh; and brother-in-law, Jim Lyons.

Lee is survived by his children Pam McNamara of Boise, ID; Kathy Pitsor of Des Moines, IA; Lee F. McNamara Jr. (Jennifer) of Dallas, TX; Molly McKinney (Daniel) of Omaha; and Dr. Michael McNamara (Cathy) of Omaha; grandchildren Joe Pitsor, Marie McNamara, Lee Francis McNamara, Jack Pitsor, Hallie McNamara, Maggie McNamara, Estelle McKinney, Ryan McNamara and Bridget McKinney; sisters, Sue McNamara and Kay Lyons; sisters-in-law, Suzanne McNamara, Grace Mowat (Bruce); brother-in-law, Dr. Michael X. McIntosh (Connie) and 16 wonderful nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given Creighton University School of Medicine, 2621 Burt St Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Health Sciences Complex II, Omaha, NE 68178; Creighton Preparatory School, 7400 Western Avenue, Omaha, NE 68114; or Christ The King Catholic Church, 654 S 86th Street, Omaha, NE 68114.



  • Joan and Mark Hurray Posted May 13, 2021 5:54 pm

    Pam and Family, Mark and I are sorry to hear about your Father/Grandfather. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you memorialize him and reflect on the memories. May his spirit live on as you gather in the future. With deepest sympathy, Joan and Mark Hurray

  • Julie and John Proksel Posted May 14, 2021 9:17 am

    To the McNamera Family, We would like to share our deepest thoughts and prayers to you all. He was an amazing man and doctor. He will be deeply missed.

  • Janet Haney Posted May 14, 2021 9:52 am

    To the Lee McNamara family … My deepest Sympathy and God’s many blessings are for each of you. Many long ago memories of Pris and Lee’s gatherings of friends … and always family togetherness.
    My thoughts and prayers will be for you. Peace and Joy, Jan

  • Diane Shymanski Posted May 14, 2021 12:47 pm

    Dr. Lee was our family doctor for his entire career. Not only was he our doctor, he was our friend, counselor, and treated us as if we were part of his family. He was always there for the joyful occasions such as delivering our daughter and the sad struggles such as the illnesses and deaths of our parents. Dr.Lee would often stop during his hectic, lengthy work days to make a personal phone call to us if he thought we needed some medical guidance or just to check in to see how things were going. Our condolences to his entire family as he was a wonderful man of integrity, faith, and intelligence.He, for sure, was greeted in Heaven not only by his deceased family members but also, by his deceased patients that adored him. He will be greatly missed by all who loved him.
    With love and sympathy, Diane and John Shymanski and Anna Zach

  • Becky Bailey Posted May 14, 2021 1:25 pm

    My deepest sympathies to the McNamara family. I scrubbed many surgical cases with Dr. Lee at Bergan Mercy. He always walked into the OR with a grin and his signature wave.and was always ready to tell us a story. Dr. Mike he was loved by all of the operating room staff .I am glad the family was by his side when he passed, he so loved his family. My thoughts and prayers will be with you during this time.
    Becky Bailey,

  • Paul J Anania Posted May 14, 2021 2:17 pm

    Our Family was taken care of by Dr McNamara for many years and his Father before him, he delivered my son Antone and was one of the finest man I have ever met ,So kind ,caring and humble. Sorry for your loss Dr Lee was the best..

  • Pam Steinke-Oltmanns Posted May 14, 2021 3:08 pm

    To the McNamara family,

    I worked for Doc Mac for many years, and could not have asked for a better employer. He meant more to me than just an employer, as he did so much for my family and I. I will never forget him and his kindness.

  • John William Cress Posted May 14, 2021 9:42 pm

    Dr. McNamara touched so many lives. He will be missed greatly.

  • Debi Skarda Posted May 15, 2021 1:52 am


  • Cheryl Langdon Posted May 15, 2021 10:53 am

    RIP Doc as I called him was my doctor for 49 years: He was a very dominant figure in my life. He delivered 4 of my children and 6 of my grandchildren: 2 of m children were born on his birthday: this year my son will be 43 and my daughter 38. My other children are 49 and daughter will be 47 this year. Thank you Doc and I will pray for you always. Cheryl

  • Karen Bornhoft Posted May 15, 2021 11:35 am

    Dr McNamara was our family Dr for years and before that it was his father, they were the best Dr’s. My Mom and I was just talking about him the other day. May the family find peace, sending prayers

  • Ray & Winans Posted May 16, 2021 7:53 am

    Dr. Mac will always have a special place in our hearts. A wonderful man who took great care of us. Our most favorite memory is Dr. Mac delivering our daughter Jennifer during halftime of the Nebraska/Oklahoma football game on September 25, 1982. Of course Nebraska won 17 to 14. Dr. Mac
    nicknamed Jennifer “halftime”🥰 Rest In Peace Dr. Mac 💐

  • Mary Paskevic Posted May 16, 2021 9:22 am

    Dr. McNamara was one of my very favorite customer’s. Always happy and had great jokes. Provided excellent care to his patients.

  • Terri Polson Posted May 17, 2021 3:43 pm

    So sorry for your loss. He was our family doctor up until he retired. My husband wouldn’t go to anyone else.
    He served our family well. RIP.

  • Julie Contreras Posted May 18, 2021 7:21 am

    Dr Mac was my doctor for many years. He delivered all 4 on my children. I know he lived a fulfilled life . Sorry about your loss. Julie Contreras

  • Debi Skarda Posted August 29, 2021 7:25 am

    Dr. McNamara was my mothers dr my sisters dr and mine. For at least 30 yes ea. He was the best Dr ever. And always wanted to know what was going on in our lives. He was the best ever.

  • Stephen and Shirley Smith Posted November 1, 2021 10:59 am

    A truly great man and a truly great doctor. We are so sorry we missed the services. He certainly touched our lives.

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