John J. McBride, Sr. – 84

MECHANICVILLE – John J. McBride, Sr., affectionately known as “J.J.” of South Third Ave., died Sunday, May 19, in the home where he was born 84 years ago.  He was the son of the late William and Clara Wojtowicz McBride, Sr., and husband of 43 years to the late Teresa J. Gavin McBride, who died May 10, 1995. 

John joined the US Marine Corps during WWII, serving from 1945-1948, stationed in occupied Japanand China during his active duty.

After military service, he went to work for New York State Electric and Gas Co. of Mechanicville, for 38 years, serving as chief gas fitter, retiring in 1988, or as J.J. used to say, “out the gate in ‘88”.

A charter member of the Hillcrest Fire Dept., he was a patriotic American, holding memberships in the American Legion Post 91, and the V.F.W. Post 6328 both of Mechanicville, where he was a past Commander of both organizations.  He was also a member of the China Marine Assoc. and the Marine Corps League.

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