William John (Bill) McBRIDE

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McBRIDE - William John (Bill) January 10, 1930 - June 5, 2014 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Bill McBride (Dad, Pops, Papa). He passed away peacefully with dignity and grace after a courageous battle with COPD and Mesothelioma. Bill was predeceased by his loving wife of 51 yrs and his beautiful daughter Susan, parents Johnny and Marguerite, brother Jim and sister Grace. Bill was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and as a young boy moved out to North Vancouver with his family. He married the love of his life Bertha(Bert), who affectionately called him (McBride) and together raised 4 wonderful children. The majority of Bill's working years were spent in the Marine Industry. First working at Burrard Dry Dock and then moving to McKenzie Barge and Derrick, where he retired as Superintendent. Loving and missing him are his brother George, his children Chris(Shirley), Dan(Kathleen), (Glenn), Diane(Warren), 16 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren. Also missing him are his dear friend Sheila and many more friends and family. Bill lived for his family and adored all his grandchildren. He was the happiest when surrounded by them. Bill also loved playing music(dad and his piano were always in great demand), fishing, cooking (best oyster stew and lemon meringue pie), gardening, carving, building and watching sports, especially the Vancouver Canucks. Bill's kind heart and calm demeanor engaged all those around him. His passing has left a hole in many lives. A person's life may be, in large part, measured in the way one is regarded by those left behind him. All of us whom Bill touched and influenced are the better for knowing him. He was truly one of a kind. We will miss and love you always. A Celebration of Life is being held at the Boal Chapel, 1505 Lillooet Road, North Vancouver on Friday, June 13, 2014 at 10:00 am. Reception to follow at the Lynn Valley Legion #114 1630 Lynn Valley Road North Vancouver.
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Published in The North Shore News from June 11 to June 12, 2014
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