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Mark William "Mac" McBride

Mac died Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at his home in Baton Rouge, LA, to the great shock and sorrow of his friends. The coroner says that his heart was too big; that came as no surprise to his friends, who will remember him for his incredible generosity. He was known as "Mac", a name that suited his friendly nature. Mac liked to play jokes, and laughed frequently. He hated suits and favored colorful shirts, as if he lived on some island in a Jimmy Buffet song. He was extremely intelligent, but he would never let on that he had attended the U.S. Naval Academy for two years, and had two Masters Degrees, in addition to his medical training for his last job with Acadian Ambulance. He worked for a while in Washington, DC as a financial analyst, estimating the value of media companies. He wasn't originally from Louisiana, but this is where he always felt at home, so he moved to Baton Rouge nearly three decades ago, working for computer software development companies until he came to his calling - savings people's lives as an emergency medical technician. Although Mac never married or had children, he would have been a great father. He was very thoughtful and considerate. He could have a long, interesting conversation with anyone, regardless of how long he knew the person, or if they had anything in common. He loved his dogs, and raised them right. On the few holidays he wasn't working, the Ferguson family was often honored to have him as a guest. He would good-naturedly wear the Santa suit, or hide the Easter eggs with little coercion. His other adopted family included his friends at Acadian Ambulance Services. Visitation will be Thursday, May 16, 2013, from 5pm to 7pm at Rabenhorst Funeral Home, 825 Government St.

Published in TheAdvocate.com from May 13 to May 15, 2013
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