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March 2, 1949 - May 25, 2023
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Thomas (Tom) McBride, nearly a lifelong resident of Old Forge, passed away Thursday morning at home following an illness. He was 74 years old.
He is survived by his beloved wife and best friend, Catherine (Hart) McBride. Wed on October 5, 1974, the couple were married for 48 years.
Born on March 2, 1949, in New York City, N.Y., Tom was the son of the late Frank McBride, who passed away when Tom was only two years of age, and Ruth Ann (Flynn) McBride Dunn. Tom also had a wonderful stepfather, WIlliam Dunn. Tom was a 1966 graduate of Old Forge High School. He then went on to earn his Bachelor’s Degree from Temple University in Philadelphia and also did graduate studies at The University of Scranton. For 35 years Tom worked for the Pennsylvania Bureau of Disability Determination (BDD) prior to a well-deserved retirement. He also proudly served in the U.S. Army Reserves.
Tom was an avid sports fan and especially loved all things Philadelphia sports. He also loved to watch and play golf.
Most importantly, to know Tom was to love him. His perpetual smile was indicative of his selfless nature, genuine kindness and loving spirit. He was the epitome of a gentleman, always remaining positive and bringing levity to any situation with his Irish wit. Always the source of advice for family and friends, his wise words will long be cherished. Now at peace, he’ll forever be missed by all who knew him.
Of Roman Catholic faith, he was a longtime member of St. Lawrence O’Toole Church prior to its closure before joining Prince of Peace Parish, both in Old Forge.
He is also survived by his loving children, Atty. Ryan McBride and wife Megan of Moosic, Erin Miller and husband Beau of Fleetwood; four grandchildren, Beckett and Margaret (Maggie) McBride and Callahan and Molly Miller; a brother James McBride and wife Catherine of Philadelphia; and nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial is set for Wednesday at 10:00 AM at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Prince of Peace Parish, Old Forge, to be celebrated by Rev. August Ricciardi, Pastor, with Rev. Joseph Kearney also on the altar. Private burial will be at the Cathedral Cemetery.
Family and friends may pay their respects at the church on Wednesday from 9:00 AM until Mass.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Tom’s name to the Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic c/o NewYork-Presbyterian Office of Development 525 East 68th Street, Box 123 New York, NY 10065
Arrangements are under the care of the Thomas P. Kearney Funeral Home, Inc., 517 North Main Street, Old Forge.