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McNair memorial at NRG to cap week of funereal events in Houston

December 6, 2018

A memorable week for memorials in Houston ends Friday, when fans and dignitaries will gather at NRG Stadium to say goodbye to Robert McNair.

McNair, 81, owner of the Houston Texans, died Nov. 23, after some recent health issues. Condolences poured in for the man credited with bringing professional football back to the Bayou City, along with his business and philanthropic achievements.

He was buried last week at a private family service.

Friday’s memorial starts at 2 p.m. and is open to the public.

Those wishing to attend can park in the NRG Park Blue Lot, starting at noon. Gates to the stadium open at noon. Attendees will be directed to the stands along the north side of the stadium.

The service marks the third public memorial for a prominent Houstonian this week. Sunday, friends and fellow “hell-raisers” of local LGBTQ activist and free speech advocate Ray Hill gathered at City Hall. Hill, 78, died Nov. 24 died of heart failure in hospice care after a long illness.

Wednesday evening and Thursday morning, an estimated 12,000 people passed by the casket of President George H.W. Bush as the former commander in chief lay in repose at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church.

Later Thursday, a private service was held for Bush at the Memorial-area church, followed by a procession and funeral train to College Station, where he will be buried at the presidential library on the Texas A&M campus.

Bush’s various services led to a series of road closings around St. Martin’s, as well as occasional freeway closings as the president’s remains moved from Houston, to Washington, D.C., back to Houston and eventually to College Station.

No road closings or traffic tie-ups are anticipated surround the McNair memorial, officials said.

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