Roy David McBride

June 9, 1926 – July 6, 2013

Roy passed away peacefully at his home in Nanoose Bay. His long healthy life was interrupted prematurely by malignant mesothelioma. He will be sadly missed by his wife Joan, son David (Debbie) and daughter Brenda who spent his last days with him sharing memories, hugs, kisses and lovingly caring for him. He thanked his family for their end of life care and they thanked him for his guidance, support and love for us all.

Roy was especially proud of his four grandchildren Lindsay, Keeley, Kyle and Russell. “Papa” always made a special effort to share in their lives. He will also be remembered by his entire extended family and many friends with whom he always kept in touch.

Roy was born in Chemainus, BC and grew up at Great Central Lake on Vancouver Island. He spent his early years hunting, fishing, canoeing and pursuing the love of his life, Joan. He attended UBC and lived in North, and then West Vancouver where he made many life long friends.

Roy was a Professional Engineer (Civil) and had a successful career as employee, then co-owner of Halse Martin Construction. His career accomplishments included the restoration of landmarks such as the Orpheum Theatre and CPR Station. Some of Roy’s other special projects were the Expo Roundhouse and the whale pool at the Vancouver Aquarium.

He served as chairman of the BC Construction Association and was on the Executive Committee of the Canadian Construction Association. He was past president and a life member of the Vancouver Regional Construction Association. He also served on many local volunteer boards including the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre and the Parksville Lawn Bowling Club.

His 25 year retirement was spent in continuous adventure – travelling, fishing, swimming, gardening and boating. At the young age of 82, Roy and his good friend Mike circumnavigated Vancouver Island. But his favourite pasttime was being with his wife of 63 years, spending time together. We will always remember Roy saying “I’ve had a good life” and we know it was filled with love, respect and happiness.

An informal celebration of his life will be held on July 27th from 1-4 at Fairwinds Golf Club,

3730 Fairwinds Nanoose Bay.

In lieu of flowers you may contribute to the R&J McBride Family Charitable Fund c/o Parksville-Qualicum Community Foundation #101-691 Beach Rd Qualicum Beach BC V9K 0A7.

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