EWING - Joseph Albert McBride was born on Dec. 29, 1951, in Passaic, N.J.; the son of James and Marie McBride, both deceased; the brother of Marie and her husband Robert Kassai, Margaret Veloce, Marianne Gould, Martha Rosolen and James McBride II. He had been a resident of Ewing Township, N.J., since graduating from Trenton State College in 1972. He leaves behind his wife and friend of 30 years, Judy McBride; son, Jared McBride, 29 years old; and daughter, Jenna McBride, 25 years old.
For 58 years, Joseph McBride rolled through life with an unmatched spirit, touching the hearts and souls of more people than can possibly be counted. Joseph was a clinical social worker and family therapist, receiving his MSW from Rutgers University. He worked at Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for almost two decades, helping and counseling countless people in his time there. In addition, Joseph had his own private practice for three decades, in which he specialized in bereavement and chronic illness. Joseph was also an instructor, who taught social work at Rutgers University and most recently, the University of Pennsylvania. Too numerous to recount here, his work included working with the survivors of the Pan Am 103 flight, the families of 9-11, and many other communities around the tri-state area.
Even beyond his occupation, Joseph McBride gave a tremendous amount of himself to his community. He coached recreational sports in Ewing for a decade and refereed basketball for three decades. One of Joseph's true passions in life was spending time on his bicycle, pedaling thousands of miles over four decades. He lost his life riding his bicycle in Upper Makefield Township in Bucks County, Pa. on Nov. 5, 2010. He will always be remembered by his family, friends and many others.
Calling hours will be Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Hartmann Memorial Home, 2830 Nottingham Way. Burial will be in the Ewing Cemetery. The family will be sitting shiva on Thursday (Nov. 11) at their home beginning at 3 p.m.
The family request in lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 2865 Route 1 South, North Brunswick, NJ 08902, or American Diabetes Association, Center Pointe 11, Suite 103, 1160 Route 22, East Bridgewater, NJ 08807.
Published in The Trentonian from Nov. 7 to Nov. 9, 2010.