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Ken McBRIDE Ken McBride, age 59, passed away peacefully April 13, 2010 in Seattle. He was surrounded by his family in the same room his daughter was married in just six weeks earlier. He was born on May 23, 1950 in Seattle and remained a life-long resident. A devoted father, his children are the fourth generation of McBrides living in Magnolia, a point in which he took great pride. Ken attended Magnolia Elemen tary, Catherine Blaine Jr. High, Queen Anne High and the Univer sity of Washington where he attained both his Bachelor and Master degrees. While attending UW he met his wife Patty whom he dated for seven years before finally joining her at the altar. From that point on they shared in the many hats that Ken wore: family man, collector, entrepren eur, cowboy, rancher, athlete, prankster, confidant, community leader, car guy, builder, unabashed Republican, coach, philanthropist, wine buff, carnivore and consummate life of the party. 'Cowboy?' As Ken always said, he had the big hat, horse and cattle to prove it. Perhaps most significant in this list was that Ken was a builder. Ken built a family on the founda tion of an amazing partnership of over 40 years with his wife Patty. He showed his children how to walk in this world and never missed an opportunity to support them, be it a game, a practice, an essay proofreading or a middle school dance. Ken built a nationally respected car collection based on his enthusiasm and love for all things automotive. He felt no greater joy than sharing his collection with others. Ken built a thriving construction company that has been success ful in employing over 1600 people in 25 years. He viewed and treated his employees as an extension of his family. Ken built a reputation and legacy in his community. He was sometimes unconventional in his views but had a huge heart for others, especially those in need. He was a benefactor and mentor for many young people over the years. He was noted for his spon taneous and irreverent sense of humor, carrying on hundreds of running jokes with a wide range of people. This sense of humor along with his generosity and compas sion, impacted countless others in ways that are just now coming to light and providing a source of comfort and pride to his family. Ken built an unbelievable life upon which he himself reflected 'I wouldn't trade the 59 years I had for a chance to live 80 in any other way.' He is survived by his wife Patty, sons Connor and Kevin, daughters Kara, Colleen Horn and son in law Matt Horn, his sister Julie and her husband John Green and nephew Josh Green. A memorial service will be held Friday April 23rd at 1:00 pm at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 411 University St, Seattle, WA, 98101. Parking is available at the Olympic Parking Garage, located just south from the hotel at 415 Seneca Street. Donations can be made to the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance in Memory of Ken McBride. PO Box 19023, Seattle, WA 98109. Please sign our guestbook at: www.washelli.com/obits/
Published in The Seattle Times on Apr. 18, 2010
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