Merwin McBride
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Merwin McBride

December 13, 1924 - March 11, 2016

An Irish Blessing…..may the road rise to meet you, may the wind be always at your back, may the sun shine warm upon your face, the rain fall soft upon your fields, and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand.

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved father, Poppa and Great-Poppa. Pidge passed away peacefully in his sleep on Friday, March 11, 2016.

He was pre-deceased by the love of his life, wife Joan. Pidge is survived and will be lovingly remembered by his sons Jim (Debbie) and Michael (Bernie), daughters Deborah and Liz (Glen), adored grandchildren Adam (Janet), Thomas, Chris (Dani), Andrew, Jeff (Lauren), Tim (Liz), Heather, Jamie (Greg), Sarah (Charlie), Tamsin, Morgan, Hayley, Brooklyn and great-grandchildren Makena, Ella and William. Pidge is also survived by countless nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Pidge was born on December 13, 1924 in Vancouver to Tom and Mary McBride and was the younger brother to his 4 siblings, Nora, Ron, Ted, and Bunny. He spent his childhood years living in Kerrisdale and enjoying summers in West Vancouver. Pidge attended Magee High School and then UBC where his lifelong love affair with Joan flourished. When the war beckoned, Pidge joined the Navy and headed off overseas as an ‘Ordinary Seaman’ on the HMCS Springhill. Once ‘the big shooting war’ as Pidge liked to call it was over, Pidge returned to Vancouver to reunite with Joan and follow in his Father’s footsteps by joining Woodwards Department Stores. After their marriage on July 20, 1949, Pidge and Joan headed to Alberta where they shared 30 wonderful years. Their time in Alberta saw them moving between Calgary, Edmonton and Lethbridge. Pidge and Joan returned to Vancouver in 1979 where Pidge finished off his illustrious career with Woodwards in 1986, as the Vice President of the Food Division. He and Joan were fortunate to enjoy over 25 fulfilling and rewarding retirement years that included travelling, entertaining, Golf at Point Grey, and their most treasured past time, sharing in their children's, grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren’s lives. Pidge was a role model, mentor and friend to all that were privileged to have him in their lives. There is now a new leprechaun up in heaven with a twinkle in his eye, a glass of scotch in his hand, a cigar in his mouth and his bride by his side.

The family would like to thank Poppa Pidge’s many wonderful caregivers and staff at the Point Grey Private Hospital for their kind and loving care and support these last two years. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The Heart Centre at St. Paul’s Hospital c/o the St. Paul’s Foundation, 178 – 1081 Burrard Street, Vancouver B.C. V6Z 1Y6, 1-800-720-2983, sphfoundation@providencehealth.bc.ca 

A Celebration of Pidge's Life will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, April 8th at his beloved Point Grey Golf & Country Club - 3350 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver, BC.

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