Michael J. McBride, a resident of Pine Manor in Ballston Spa, N.Y., formerly of Sacramento, Calif., and Jackman, Maine, passed away at Saratoga Hospital in Saratoga, N.Y., on July 20, 2014, after a courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease.
He was born in Greenville, Maine, on Aug. 18, 1938, the son of Henry B. McBride and Adrienne (Lessard) McBride, who predeceased him. He was also predeceased by his sisters, Mary and Martha McBride.
He worked for 27 years in the newspaper media as a reporter for the Woodland Daily Democrat, The Chico Enterprise Record, the Press Enterprise of Riverside and the Sacramento Union. He enjoyed his work and was a prolific writer. He had a large circle of friends in the California area who will miss his dry wit. A very special thank-you is well deserved to good friends Ann and Marcia who made a special trip from California in June to visit with him. Also to Jerilyn who took care of his beloved cat "Mewsic." She made a special trip from California to bring "Mewsic" to live with her to fulfill a promise she made to Mike during his illness. Also thanks to Scott who kept in contact with Mike throughout his illness. And to his many other friends too numerous to mention. Last, but certainly not least, a thank-you to Pine Manor of Ballston Spa, N.Y., for the excellent care he received from Hal Wakeley and his staff for the last three years.
Mike grew up in Jackman and graduated from St. Anthony's Grammar School in 1950. He went to high school at St. Francis Academy in Biddeford, Maine, from 1950 to 1954. From there he spent four years in the White Fathers Seminary in Alexandria Bay, N.Y., and Franklin, Pa. He then joined the Air Force where he was honorably discharged in 1967. During his years in the Air Force he graduated from Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan, with a bachelor of arts in history and philosophy. He then pursued his career in journalism until he retired in 2002.
Michael is survived by his brother, Henry "Gene" McBride, and his wife, Lois, of South Glens Falls, N.Y.; his nieces, Kelley Jean Rheaume and Carrie Ann Hansen; grand-niece Kaitlyn; and grand-nephews Kyle, Ty and Trevor; very special cousins Ann and Richard Olsen; his Canadian cousins in the Dube family of Lac-Megantic, Quebec, and the Lessard family of St. Martin and Quebec City, Quebec.
In lieu of cards and flowers, memorial contributions in Michael's name can be sent to St. Anthony's Parish St. Faustina Building Fund, in care of Isabelle Haggan, 344 Main St., Jackman, ME 04985.
Committal services will be held in Jackman at a later date and at the convenience of the family. The dates will be announced when decided upon.