Thomas McBride

Obituary of Thomas P. McBride

Thomas P. McBride 1944-2022 Thomas “Tom” McBride passed away on Saturday, June 18, 2022 as a result of heart failure. He was born on June 16, 1944 to John and Esther McBride, who preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn; daughter, Laura; grandson, Colter; his brothers, Mike (Kendal) and David (Carol) of Union Star; and his sister, Mary McBride, and niece and nephew, Ginger (Patrick) McGuire and Shawn McBride. Tom attended Central High School, where he participated in ROTC for 3 years. He graduated in 1962. As a young man, he attended Hillyard Technical School and became a machinist. He assisted in his family’s business, which was located by Lake Contrary, McBride’s Boats & Motors, servicing boat engines, working on motorcycles and cars, picking up boats from far-flung states. He retained a love for tinkering with machinery and for motorcycles. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1968. He eventually served on the aircraft carrier USS Franklin D. Roosevelt, primarily as a damage control man. Upon his return to civilian life, he attended Missouri Western State College, then Northwest Missouri State University, and he earned his Juris Doctorate degree at UMKC Law School. He was a 52-year member of the Missouri Bar Association. He practiced in a variety of roles in the legal field, including prosecuting attorney, city attorney and judge, but he most loved running his own law practice. He loved finding solutions for complicated situations his clients found themselves in, dedicating much time to research. He provided free legal services to many of his friends and family members through the years. Tom was an avid reader and history buff, and he had a phenomenal memory for detail. He enjoyed astronomy and arguing for the argument’s sake. He loved his daughter, Laura, and almost 11-year-old grandson, Colter. After a chance encounter in 1988 and a 3-year long-distance relationship, Tom married Evelyn (Pfennich) McBride in Ligist, Austria, in 1991. They enjoyed discussing books and documentaries they had viewed. She survives of the home. Tom’s body will be cremated under the direction of Simplify Cremations & Funerals. Memorial Service 5:30 P.M. Thursday, June 30, at First Christian Church 10th and Faraon streets. The family will gather will friends and food following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations toward Colter’s educational funds would be appreciated. Online guest book and obituary at
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Memorial Service

5:30 pm
Thursday, June 30, 2022
First Christian Church
927 Faraon St.
St. Joseph, Missouri, United States
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