OBIT: Richard McBride, 90, Local Businessman, Member of WHS Athletic Hall of Fame

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Richard F. McBride of Watertown and Duxbury, and Marco Island, Fla. died on January 27, 2019 at the age of 90.

McBride grew up in Watertown and was a star athlete. He went on to become a quarterback and All-America punter at Boston College in the early 1950’s. He was also inducted into the Watertown High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

He served in the Navy beginning in 1953 and when he returned to the United States he began a career in real estate and insurance with his sister Janet.

In his later years he lived in Marco Island, Fla., and summered in Duxbury.

Dick was the devoted husband of Sarah (Sally) Bidwell, and loving father of Robin Murphy and her husband James; son Timothy; and son Andrew McBride and his spouse Laurie Boucher. As a loving grandfather to Sarah Murphy-Holroyd, husband Simon, Antonimar Murphy and Hannah Murphy, “the Skipper” will be greatly missed. In addition, Dick is survived by his sister Janet McBride; sisters-in-law Charlotte Bacon and Jane Thompson; as well as nephews John and Robert McBride and nieces Jane and Ann McBride and Pauli Sieben. Dick was predeceased by brothers Jack McBride, Hugh Robert McBride and sister, Phyllis McBride.

Public viewing will be on Friday, Feb. 1 from 9:00-10:00 a.m. at Hodges-Josberger Funeral Home, 577 Elkcam Circle, Marco Island. Funeral services will begin at 10:30 at San Marco Catholic Church.

There will be a celebration of Dick’s life in Boston in the spring, prior to his interment at Mount Auburn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Watertown Boys and Girls Club would be appreciated (

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One thought on “OBIT: Richard McBride, 90, Local Businessman, Member of WHS Athletic Hall of Fame

  1. So sorry to hear of Dickie’s passing.
    He was a great guy that accomplished much and
    was liked by all.
    Never forget that when Dick met someone
    and shook their hand he would always say
    “Dick McBride “East Watertown”
    He will be missed, but he will always
    be remembered.

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