Richard Charles McBride
Richard Charles McBride
  • August 8, 1932 - September 12, 2016
  • Palm Coast, Florida

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McBRIDE, Sr., Richard Charles fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church on Monday, September 12, 2016.

Richard C. McBride, Sr., prominent St. Louis business man, entrepreneur and philanthropist, succumbed after a long battle with lymphoma.

Dick was born August 8, 1932, to Joseph and Elsie (Englert) McBride, in Berkeley, Missouri. Working with his father, they began what would become McBride & Son Companies, a St. Louis home building firm. A Korean War veteran, Dick received special recognition as Company carpenter, for building a church and school house in his free time for a local village near where he was stationed. Whenever asked about his profession, Dick would always say "I'm a carpenter".
During the 1960's and 70's, Dick spearheaded the rise of McBride and Son to prominence, by skillfully building a management team that afforded the company its growth opportunities. He remained President of the Company until 1988 when he and his children sold their stock to the employees. He remained an employee with the title of Chairman Emeritus until his death.

Over the years, Dick sat on the Boards of many local businesses. He was President of the Home Builders Association in 1977, served as HBIAF President for two years and was an NAHB Life Director. He received the prestigious "Excellence of Achievement" award from the Home Builders Association of Greater St. Louis in 2001 in recognition of his many contributions to the region, such as leading a group of employees and subcontractors in the building of the People's Community Christian Church in North St. Louis County, after their church building in the city had been condemned. The Church is a shining example of the good that comes when the community works together for the common welfare.

Whether volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, serving the underprivileged with home repairs, organizing outings for shut-ins and the elderly, or advising local charitable institutions on financial and business matters, Dick was a shining example of the "purpose driven life".

Dick is preceded in death by his sister and brother-in-law Eleanor and Felix Laramie and brother and sister-in-law Joseph, Jr. and Mary (Berns), his niece Judith (Laramie) Kowalski and a grandson Wesley Hyland.

He is survived by his wife Margaret (Peg) (Stepka), his five children, Richard (Rick), Jr. and Ellyn (Hayward), Timothy and Margaret (Peggy) (Swanson), Thomas and Melanie (Wallace) , Daniel, and Kathleen and Paul Johnson; his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

SERVICES: Visitation at Kriegshauser West, 9450 Olive Blvd., 63132 on Monday, September 19, from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 AM Tuesday, September 20 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, 4431 Lindell Blvd., 63108. Interment Private. Following Mass a reception will be held with details provided at the Cathedral. In lieu of flowers, your donations are appreciated to The Peoples Community Christian Church, 9501 Weyburn Drive, St. Louis, MO. 63136, Jos. & Elsie McBride Charitable Foundation, 16091 Swingley Ridge Rd., St. Louis, Mo. 63017, or The Backstoppers, Inc., 10411 Clayton Rd., Suite A5, St. Louis, Mo. 63131