MACBRYDE, Ernest Packwood, a Tampa native, died Thursday, August 8th, 2013. Mac, as he was better known, was the son of Mary DeHersey Packwood and Ernest Renwick MacBryde. His maternal grandfather was George Horatio Packwood, an early south Tampa developer. Horatio and Packwood Streets were named for him and Azeele was named for one of Mac's aunts. Mac was the last survivor of the founders of the Davis Islands Yacht Club and also served as commodore. He won many trophies while racing his many sailboats, both locally and in the FORA. Before WW2 started he enlisted in the Coast Guard. When WW2 began, he received a commission in the U.S. Navy, after which his ships ran convoy duties in the North Atlantic for troops heading to Europe. They ran through Nazi U-boat packs trying to protect the troop ships. He was awarded the Bronze Star for sinking Nazi U-Boat 866 in the North Atlantic NE of Boston. After the war, he returned to Tampa where he joined Jackson Grain Company and became vice-president. When Cargill, Inc. one of the world's largest privately owned companies purchased Jackson Grain Company, Mac became the South Eastern Regional Manager. Mac is survived by the love of his life Janie Allen MacBryde, also a Tampa native, and they were married on November 9, 1963. This year would have been their 50th anniversary. Mac and Janie enjoyed cruising on their boats and also traveled extensively to France, Italy Portugal, Hawaii, Monaco, etc. Mac survived three near fatal illness and was a survivor of the Boston Coconut Grove fire where hundreds lost their lives during WW2. After his retirement, he became active in the Davis Islands Civic Association and served a year as president. There is no doubt that Mac was a true man of the sea, as he requested that his ashes join the waters off of Davis Islands. There will be a memorial service at a later date at the Davis Islands Yacht Club. Should you wish to make a donation send directly to the Southeastern Guide Dogs, 4210 77th Street East, Palmetto FL 34221-9270 in Mac's honor.
Published in TBO.com on Aug. 10, 2013