Ocean City Today

Hugh Joseph McBride

Feb 22, 2018

printed 02/23/2018


Hugh (Hughie) Joseph McBride, age 73, of Selbyville, passed away Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes.

He was born in San Bernardino, California and was the eldest son of the late Hugh F. and Ellen (O’Connell) McBride.

He grew up and lived much of his life in the “Forty Acres” of Wilmington.

He was a graduate of Salesianum High School and went immediately into apprenticeship with Ernest DiSabatino & Sons (EDiS). Over his almost 50 years with EDiS working his way up to superintendent, he oversaw such projects as the University of Delaware Pencader complex and Gore Hall, Winterthur Museum, General Motors Plant and Beebe Hospital.

His work with EDiS took him to many locations throughout Delaware and into Philadelphia. His last projects were in Sussex County, building and remodeling many of the area schools including Lord Baltimore and Indian River High School.

He was a member of NACTA (North American Celtic Trade Assoc.) and Carpenters Union in Wilmington.

Hughie was very active in the Irish community, having started the first Saint Patrick’s Day parade in Wilmington which led to the creation of the Irish Culture Club of Delaware, the Ulster Project and many wonderful lifelong friends and memories. His love for Ireland took him and his wife, Tina, there many times over the past years making many new friends along the way.

In 1992, Tina and Hughie started Fenwick Float-ors and moved to Keenwick full time. Hughie loved spending time with his family especially his grandsons. He enjoyed his store and talking to customers about how we started our business, his travels to Ireland and promoting the Freeman Stage.

Hughie was passionate about supporting and providing art programs for all children with the Freeman Stage. He was so proud to support the Stage in bringing the arts to our community, but especially to the children. He would often say, “it’s all about the children.” He and Tina could be found there most nights during the summer.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Carolyn “Tina” (Mezzatesta) McBride of Selbyville; a son, Hugh Jason McBride and wife, Jennifer, of Frankford; a brother, Thomas McBride and wife, Jane, of Frankford; a sister, Jean McBride of Wilmington; two grandsons and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by three sisters, Mary McCaughan, Amy Essick and Patricia McBride.

A Mass of Christian burial was held on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018 at St. Luke Catholic Church in Ocean City. Burial was in Gate Of Heaven Cemetery in Dagsboro.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to: Joshua M. Freeman Foundation, 31556 Winterberry Parkway, Selbyville, Delaware 19975.

Condolences may be sent by visiting www.bishophastingsfh.com.

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