McBRIDE, William "Bill" Howard, Jr., 67, of Thonotosassa, FL., passed away on Dec. 22, 2012, in Mt. Airy, NC. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Alex Sink; his son, William Albert "Bert"; his daughter, Lexi McBride Crawford and her husband, Douglas; his mother Patricia Sweat; sister, Cheryle McBride; brother, Paul McBride and his wife, Pat; and nephew, Chris McBride. Born in Belleville, IL., Bill grew up in Leesburg, FL., where he graduated from Leesburg High School in 1963. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Florida
in 1967, where he was a member of Florida Blue Key and the ATO Social Fraternity. After one year of law school at the University of Florida he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps
, where he served in Vietnam as a company commander. He was subsequently awarded the Bronze Star
with Combat "V" for valor. Bill resumed his law school studies at the University of Florida, where he was selected for Law Review and graduated in 1975. He then joined the law firm of Holland & Knight, under the leadership of Chesterfield Smith. Bill ultimately served as managing partner of Holland & Knight from 1992 to 2001, when he resigned to run for governor of Florida. In 2003, he joined the law firm of Barnett, Bolt, Kirkwood, Long & McBride where he was practicing. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 pm, Friday, Dec. 28, at Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church, 3501 W. San Jose St., Tampa, FL. 33629. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made to the United Way Suncoast, Bill McBride Memorial Fund, 5201 W. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 600, Tampa 33609 or The Levin College of Law, The University of Florida Foundation, Attn: William H. McBride, Jr. Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 14425 Gainesville, FL. 32604.