Robert James McBride

Born: Wed., Sep. 6, 1922
Died: Wed., Oct. 5, 2011


Visitation

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Sun., Oct. 09, 2011
Location: Hickey Chapel


Recitation of the Rosary

7:00 PM Sun., Oct. 09, 2011
Location: Hickey Chapel


Funeral Mass

10:00 AM Mon., Oct. 10, 2011
Location: Christ the King Catholic Church


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Robert  J. McBride was born on September 6, 1922, in Logan, OH to Michael and Catherine McBride.  After attending Logan High School, Bob entered the University of Notre Dame in the fall of 1940 and graduated  Cum Laude in 1946.  His Notre Dame education was interrupted when he entered Military service in the spring of 1943.
 
Shortly before leaving for Europe, Bob married Mary Maxine Stein of Lancaster, OH on September 27, 1944.
 
Bob honorably served in WWII as a machine gun squad leader in the 106th infantry division.  He was captured in the Battle of the Bulge and spent 122 days as a POW going from 218 pounds to 104 pounds while in captivity.  During his military service, Bob earned three battle stars, a purple heart, and a Presidential Unit Citation.
 
Upon his return from WWII, Bob (who was a key member of the 1941 and 1942 Notre Dame football teams) also played in the 1946 Notre Dame National Championship team. He was also selected to play in the 1947 All Star Game against the Chicago Bears beating the Bears 16 to 0.
 
After spending two successful years as head football coach at Mt.  Carmel High School in Chicago, IL, Bob returned to his alma mater as an assistant to head coach Frank Leahy.
 
In addition to his offensive line coaching duties on the field, Bob headed the Notre Dame recruiting program and instituted a tutoring program (with the able assistance of Dr. William Burke) to insure that every player was academically successful.  Bob was a proud recipient of the Byron V. Kanaley (recognizing exemplary student-athletes/leaders) and the Harvey G. Foster Award (recognizing athletic and civic achievement.)
 
After leaving Notre Dame, Bob had a successful career as Executive Vice President of Artim Transportations Systems.  Bob retired in 1979 and moved, with his wife , to Savannah, GA, where he volunteered as line coach at Benedictine Catholic Military High School.  Bob and Mary also spent several years in Tucson, AZ before returning to South Bend in 2003.
 
Bob and Mary have seven children, Patrick (Marilyn), Robert (Jackie), Mary Ann (Harold Menger), Catherine (Lyle Kuhmichel), Michael (Nancy), Timothy (Patricia), and John (Eve).  After 67 years of marriage, Bob and Mary have 28 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.  Bob was proceeded in death by his parents, Michael and Catherine Mc Bride, two sisters, Gertrude Evans and Anna Margaret Kuhn, and three brothers, Bernard, John, and Joseph Mc Bride, and two grandchildren, Sally McBride, and Dane Menger.
 
Bob was a man of character and faith who led by example.  His wisdom and counsel touched many lives and he will be greatly missed. 
 
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, October 10, 2011 in Christ the King Catholic Church, 52473 SR 933, South Bend, IN  46637. Graveside services and burial will follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery, Notre Dame. Friends may visit with the family from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Sunday, October 9, 2011 in Palmer Funeral Home-Hickey Chapel, 17131 Cleveland Road, South Bend, where a rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m.
 
Contributions in memory of Robert may be donated to Alzheimer's & Dementia Services of Northern Indiana, 922 E. Colfax Avenue, South Bend, IN  46617 or to The Center for Hospice Care, 111 Sunnybrook Court, South Bend, IN  46637. Online condolences may be offered to the McBride family at www.palmerfuneralhomes.com.

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Cindy McBride
   Posted Thu October 06, 2011
I was so sorry to hear Dad McBride passed yesterday. I pray your sorrow is eased knowing how much he was loved and how many people
were touched by him during his life. May God continue to bless the entire McBride Family. Thinking of you all!
Love,
Cindy

Bob Brunn
   Posted Thu October 06, 2011
I am thankful for the life of Uncle Bob and the profound influence he has had on my life. Bob McBride has gone Home to the Lord but he lives on in all of the lives that he touched here. God Bless the McBride family in their time of grief.

Thinking of all of you and praying for all of you.

Love,

Bob Brunn and family.

Aunt Mary and Family
   Posted Fri October 07, 2011
Aunt Mary and Family,
I am sorry to hear that Uncle Bob passed away. I will always remember the Kuhn/McBride reunions and the great memories that I have of Uncle Bob.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Love,
Rod, Sharon and Timothy Elder

Amanda Hostetler
   Posted Fri October 07, 2011
I am very grateful to have had the pleasure of meeting such wondeful people as Robert and Mary. Robert was a wonderful patient and very kind to me. He will be missed by many.

Love, Amanda
(ex Nephrology employee)

Hugh Peteet
   Posted Fri October 07, 2011
What can I say about a man who had such a positive effect on thousands of people? I guess the only thing I can say is Dad McBride and the whole McBride clan is definitely in Allison's and my prayers. I do know that Dad McBride deserves his place in that house not made with hands and I feel that God rewarded him by ending his long, long fight to remember all of his loved ones. I have never met anyone with more stamina and determination to be a good person and he has certainly helped me to try and be a better person!

Love to Mom McBride and all my McBride Brothers, Sisters, Nieces, Nephews, Cousins - the whole giant family

Hugger Peteet

Hugh Peteet
   Posted Fri October 07, 2011
What can I say about a man who had such a positive effect on thousands of people? I guess the only thing I can say is Dad McBride and the whole McBride clan is definitely in Allison's and my prayers. I do know that Dad McBride deserves his place in that house not made with hands and I feel that God rewarded him by ending his long, long fight to remember all of his loved ones. I have never met anyone with more stamina and determination to be a good person and he has certainly helped me to try and be a better person!

Love to Mom McBride and all my McBride Brothers, Sisters, Nieces, Nephews, Cousins - the whole giant family

Hugger Peteet

Joe Ebberwein
   Posted Fri October 07, 2011
Dear Mary and Children:

I was truly sorry to learn today of Bob's death. What a wonderful man he was, and an inspiration to so many people. No one will ever know the lives he touched, but I do know the people of SAVANNAH were truly blessed when Bob & Mary McBride came here.
I know that God welcomed him with open arms, and said, Well done,my good and faithful servant. you will all be in our thoughts and prayers.

God Bless You All Joe Ebberwein

Shannon (McGarry) Coyle
   Posted Fri October 07, 2011
McBride Family,

All of our thoughts and prayers are with all of you in this time of sorrow.

McGarry Family

Elsie Wade
   Posted Sat October 08, 2011
Dear Cate and family

Thinking of you with sympathy, love, and prayers.

Love,
Elsie Wade

Don and Linda Lykins
   Posted Sat October 08, 2011
Dear John, Eve, Paul & Keri - We are praying for you and your family.
Know the joy of a long and fruitful life that your grandpa enjoyed!
No more pain; may he rest in peace!
Love to all of you - Don, Linda & Jonathan

Vicki Carr White
   Posted Sat October 08, 2011
Just learned of Bob''s passing. I remember my father talking very fondly of Bob and I also remember meeting him when he was home for reunions. My father was George Eldon "Doug" Carr. Bob and Dad graduated together and were friends throughout their lifes. Dad passed away in 2008. Now they can meet again and have many a good times in Heaven.
Please know that Dad''s family have you all in our thoughts and prayers.
Sincerely,
Vicki Carr White
Logan,Ohio

EMMETT CATER
   Posted Sat October 08, 2011
I am very much saddened at the death of my friend, Bob. My sense of loss must be infinitesimally small compared to yours.
Since this, and everything that happens, is God's will, we can experience peace and victory by accepting it as such. Revelation 4:11. Death is, after all, the ultimate opportunity of saying "Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven," and thereby honoring God. Romans 8:28-39.
Did God not will His Son to be crucified? Did not His Son pray the night before, "My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass me by. Nevertheless, let it be as You, not I, would have it"? Matt. 26:39. And had not the Father previously, at His Son's baptism, expressed divine approval in a voice from heaven, "You are My beloved Son, in You I am well pleased"? Matt. 3:17.
Those whom God loves, He chastises. Heb 12:5-13, Prov 3:11-12, Rev 3:19.
"My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing." James 1:2-4. We also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope. Romans 5:3-5.
If you have hope, this will make you cheerful. 1 Thess. 4:13-17.
God permits such trials as yours as opportunities for honoring Him, so you will react to your loss by acts of faith and hope in God, and by acts of charity for others. I have used this occasion of my loss as an opportunity to send this letter (which took me 18 years to compose) to you. 1 Thess. 4:18. Just as my loss cannot compare to yours, my small act will not compare to your reactions to God, and for others. 2 Timothy 3:16.
Do not give up if trials come; and keep on praying. Rom. 12:12. "For us, our homeland is in heaven, and from heaven comes the savior we are waiting for, the Lord Jesus Christ, and he will transfigure these wretched bodies of ours into copies of His glorious body. He will do that by the same power with which he can subdue the whole universe." Ph. 3:20-21.
You must be cheered also, because you know better than I that Bob echoed St. Paul's writing to Timothy, "As for me, my life is already being poured away as a libation, and the time has come for me to be gone. I have fought the good fight to the end; I have run the race to the finish; I have kept the faith; all there is to come now is the crown of righteousness reserved for me, which the Lord, the Righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day; and not only to me but to all those who have longed for His Appearing." 2 Timothy 4:6-8
Peace, God loves you. Isaiah 43:4. So do I. Matt. 19:19. 1 Thess. 3:12-13.
Emmett Cater N.D.’52

EMMETT CATER
   Posted Sat October 08, 2011
I am very much saddened at the death of my friend, Bob. My sense of loss must be infinitesimally small compared to yours.
Since this, and everything that happens, is God''s will, we can experience peace and victory by accepting it as such. Revelation 4:11. Death is, after all, the ultimate opportunity of saying "Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven," and thereby honoring God. Romans 8:28-39.
Did God not will His Son to be crucified? Did not His Son pray the night before, "My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass me by. Nevertheless, let it be as You, not I, would have it"? Matt. 26:39. And had not the Father previously, at His Son''s baptism, expressed divine approval in a voice from heaven, "You are My beloved Son, in You I am well pleased"? Matt. 3:17.
Those whom God loves, He chastises. Heb 12:5-13, Prov 3:11-12, Rev 3:19.
"My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing." James 1:2-4. We also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope. Romans 5:3-5.
If you have hope, this will make you cheerful. 1 Thess. 4:13-17.
God permits such trials as yours as opportunities for honoring Him, so you will react to your loss by acts of faith and hope in God, and by acts of charity for others. I have used this occasion of my loss as an opportunity to send this letter (which took me 18 years to compose) to you. 1 Thess. 4:18. Just as my loss cannot compare to yours, my small act will not compare to your reactions to God, and for others. 2 Timothy 3:16.
Do not give up if trials come; and keep on praying. Rom. 12:12. "For us, our homeland is in heaven, and from heaven comes the savior we are waiting for, the Lord Jesus Christ, and he will transfigure these wretched bodies of ours into copies of His glorious body. He will do that by the same power with which he can subdue the whole universe." Ph. 3:20-21.
You must be cheered also, because you know better than I that Bob echoed St. Paul''s writing to Timothy, "As for me, my life is already being poured away as a libation, and the time has come for me to be gone. I have fought the good fight to the end; I have run the race to the finish; I have kept the faith; all there is to come now is the crown of righteousness reserved for me, which the Lord, the Righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day; and not only to me but to all those who have longed for His Appearing." 2 Timothy 4:6-8
Peace, God loves you. Isaiah 43:4. So do I. Matt. 19:19. 1 Thess. 3:12-13.
Emmett Cater N.D.’52

Thomas Eric Hartnett
   Posted Sun October 09, 2011
Dear Pat, Rusty and family

My mother, Lauren McFadden, told me about the recent loss to your family, with the passing of your father, Bob. I can't begin to imagine how you're feeling right now, but I can tell you that you and yours are in my prayers. Losing a loved one is never easy, seldom fair and almost always untimely. Your father meant a lot to my mother and therefore meant a lot to me. She held him in such high regard and always looked up to all that he accomplished in life. She has said multiple times that he was a true American hero, something she would never say unless she honestly meant it. I would be honored to be able to make it to the upcoming service, but as I write this, I am once again deployed. Please know that I will be there in spirit for a man that was not only an American hero or a Notre Dame icon, but a loving father as well. Please accept my deepest condolences.

With love,

Technical Sergeant Thomas Eric Hartnett

Janet and Ron Hastings
   Posted Sun October 09, 2011
A wonderful man, a beautiful wife, a full life and wonderful children and grandchildren to carry on the McBride name. Ron and I loved the years spent with Bob and Mary in Tucson and especially enjoyed his stories. I know Jack and Jane were thrilled to welcome him home as well as Our Lord and Blessed Mother.

We send all of our love with you Bob until we meet again and are wrapping our arms around you Mary .... he loved you so.

McGrath Family
   Posted Sun October 09, 2011
Your old schoolmates at Notre Dame School send our deepest sympathy and best wishes.

The McGrath Family

Richard Stibbe
   Posted Sun October 09, 2011
So sorry to hear about Mr. McBride's passing. I know him only through son Tim, who served me as a Schwartz Paper customer from back when I worked at Federal-Mogul in Michigan City and Bendix/Allied-Signal in South Bend. May God bless the entire family.

Diane Cleek
   Posted Sun October 09, 2011
Pat and Tim,
I would like to extend my sincerest condolences for your loss. It is never easy to lose a loved one. May you ease the grief by keeping those wonderful memories of your dad in your heart. I just wanted you to know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless you.

With deepest sympathy,
Diane Cleek

Debbie Brown Hyndman
   Posted Mon October 10, 2011
Mary Ann,
Please accept my sympathy on the loss of your father. My own father Leonard had the highest regard for your dad, both personally and professionally, as their paths crossed in the transportation business in the '60's and '70's. I'm sure that you and your family are a beautiful reflection of your father's spirit.

Debbie Brown Hyndman

Michael Evans
   Posted Mon October 10, 2011
You can imagine growing up outside of Chicago and having a great uncle like Bob McBride, no pretense about the man and really blended in with the rest of his family. Loved going to ND games and meeting him and his son (in uniform) pre- and post-game! What a great legacy that's better understood by visiting his birthplace home where his sister lived...outhouse/working farm... where he built himself back up physically for his senior year. In honor to call him a relative!!!!

Michael Evans
   Posted Mon October 10, 2011
You can imagine growing up outside of Chicago and having a great uncle like Bob McBride, no pretense about the man and really blended in with the rest of his family. Loved going to ND games and meeting him and his son (in uniform) pre- and post-game! What a great legacy that''s better understood by visiting his birthplace home where his sister lived...outhouse/working farm... where he built himself back up physically for his senior year. In honor to call him a relative!!!!

Chuck Campagna
   Posted Mon October 10, 2011
Mrs. Mary McBride and Family:
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your husband and father. I have fond memories of the 2400 block of Florimond Ave. Your family is in our prayers.
Chuck and Rosanne Campagna

Donna Kavanagh
   Posted Tue October 11, 2011
To the McBride family and friends of the Patriarch, Bob McBride

I have fond memories of the McBride family and also, going to Notre Dame football games with the Lakes and afterwards at Coach Leahys home in Long Beach...seeing Mr. McBride who was a legend even then.
My 93 year young father, Ray Kavanagh, sends his prayers out to the family also and says he remembers the good times.
To all the family and FOB's (friends of Bob)
God Bless
Donna
and Ray Kavanagh

Benoît Hanse
   Posted Tue March 13, 2012
C'est en essayant de vous envoyer un mail a Mary que j'apprends avec tristesse le décès de BOB.

Certain d'entre vous se souvienne de moi je suis le fils de WALTER HANSE que BOB a connu lors de sa captivité pendant la 2eme guerre mondiale.

Malheureusement il vient de rejoindre MAMAN AU CIEL ce dimanche 11 mars 2012

NOS PENSÉES vont vers tous tous
Que dieux vous protège tous


Benoît Hanse Anne & Gauthier

Debbie Tuggle (Young)
   Posted Thu June 21, 2012
Dear McBride family,

I only learned yesterday of the passing of your beloved husband, father, and grandfather. I will lift you all up in prayer asking God to heal your broken hearts.

Debbie (Young) Tuggle


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