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Wes McBride
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Obituary of Wes McBride

McBride: Wesley Ervin It is with great sadness that the family of Wesley Ervin McBride announces his passing on August 9, 2020 at Blue Water Rest Home in Zurich, in his 94th year. Predeceased by his beloved wife Marjorie McBride (nee Carter), he died peacefully with his eldest son, Bruce McBride, and daughter-in-law, Sandy McBride, by his side. Wesley will be lovingly remembered by his children Murray and Janice McBride, Ray and Sheila McBride, Garnet and Margaret McBride, and Ken and Nihad McBride. As a grandfather he will be remembered by Noelle and Colin Baker, Tara and Jason Boyce, Shannon and Ryan Guthrie, Devin McBride, Mireille McBride and Chris Gidden, Emilie McBride and Kent Coates, Patrick McBride, Nathan and Anne McBride, and Kyle and Katie McBride. Great grandfather of Samuel and Sarah Baker; Jenna, Hannah, Meaghan, and Nathan Boyce; Hamish and Redmond Guthrie; Sophie and Alice Gidden; and Jack, Wesley, and Lucas McBride. Predeceased by dear sister Phylis Deichert and brother-in-law Earl, brother Keith McBride and sister-in-law Elaine, and brothers Hugh and John. Dear brother-in-law of Mary McBride. Missed by former daughter-in-law Jeannette Cormier, along with his many nieces and nephews. Wes was born to Roy and Margaret McBride on March 12, 1927. He married his beloved Marjorie when they were both teenagers, settling on their farm on the Goshen Line. Before long, a baby was born, and within a dozen years there were seven places at the dinner table, for five boys and their proud parents. The hard work of managing the farm (including a dairy herd during the early years) and caring for his growing family did not leave Wes with an abundance of leisure time, but he enjoyed the simple pleasures – like telling a good story, taking the family fishing, or going for a Sunday drive with Marj. As the years passed and his sons began to leave home, he made sure each of them had a good Ford car – usually a V8, as a sign of trust – to help them get where they were going, and to give them no excuse for not coming home for a visit now and then. After many prosperous years, he and Marjorie could afford more time off, and took many road trips to stroll the beaches of Florida, and visit the Appalachians, the Maritimes, Vancouver Island, and California, among other places. Nine grandchildren were born, first six girls, then three boys – and when those grey-blue eyes of his moistened the way they did when the youngsters came to visit, there was no mistaking his pride. Then, tragically, Marjorie, the love of his life, was taken from him far too soon, in her 74th year. He would not remarry, but would remain the center of his still growing family, as great grandchildren were born – lifting him to a whole new level of pride. After turning 75, he slowed down only grudgingly – once driving his F-150 to North Carolina for a family visit, taking his first airline flight (to Vancouver) for another, and continuing to work the farm well into his 80s. His strength, humility, wisdom, indomitable spirit, humour, and generosity will long be remembered, by many. His legacy is his love for his family, and the many qualities they embody that made him so proud of them. We cannot imagine a life better lived, or a soul more loved, than his. Interment at Bayfield Cemetery. Donations to Blue Water Rest Home or the charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated by the family.