Richard Francis McBride

December 4, 1928January 27, 2019

Richard F. McBride of Watertown and Duxbury, MA and Marco Island, Florida died on January 27, 2019. He was 90 years of age. Dick was a stand-out quarterback and All-American punter for Boston College in the early 1950’s and also a member of the Watertown Athletic Hall of Fame. His childhood hometown of Watertown and his friends there remained a touchstone throughout his life. He joined the Navy in 1953 and was stationed for several years in London as Lt JG, courier and communications officer in Grosvenor Square. It was there that he married Sarah (Sally) Bidwell of Simsbury, Connecticut, his wife of 64 years.

Upon return to the States, Dick began a successful real estate and insurance career with his sister Janet, developing numerous properties in the Watertown area. While he never formally retired, his later years were spent playing golf on Marco Island, FL and summering in Duxbury, MA with his extended family. He was very proud of his golf game, consistently shooting his age throughout his 80’s. Golf was his passion in later life and he forged numerous close relationships on the links.

Dick was the devoted husband of Sarah (Sally) Bidwell, and loving father of Robin Murphy and her husband James; son Timothy; and son Andrew McBride and his spouse Laurie Boucher. As a loving grandfather to Sarah Murphy-Holroyd, husband Simon, Antonimar Murphy and Hannah Murphy, “the Skipper” will be greatly missed. In addition, Dick is survived by his sister Janet McBride; sisters-in-law Charlotte Bacon and Jane Thompson; as well as nephews John and Robert McBride and nieces Jane and Ann McBride and Pauli Sieben. Dick was predeceased by brothers Jack McBride, Hugh Robert McBride and sister, Phyllis McBride.

Public viewing will be on Friday, February 1st from 9:00-10:00 am at Hodges-Josberger Funeral Home, 577 Elkcam Circle, Marco Island. Funeral services will begin at 10:30 at San Marco Catholic Church. There will be a celebration of Dick’s life in Boston in the spring, prior to his interment at Mount Auburn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Watertown Boys and Girls Club would be appreciated (

Dick lived by the Jesuit principle, Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam, ”To the Greater Glory of God”. He will be remembered by family and friends as generous and kind – always willing to lend a hand –and touching the lives of many. Dick leaves a close and devoted family. He will be missed to the depths of our souls.

Fair winds and following seas, Skipper.


  • Watertown Boys and Girls Club


  • Visitation Friday, February 1, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, February 1, 2019

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Mackenzie Stinehart

February 9, 2019

I have nothing but fond memories of Mr.McBride. I remeber coming to his office many times. He was amazing to my grandmother Marion. I am so sorry for your loss!

Muffy Brown

February 7, 2019

So sorry to hear this news about Uncle Dick, my godfather. You always had a kiss and a hug for me whenever I saw you, no matter how much time had gone by. I will always remember the twinkle in your eye and the sparkle in your smile. Rest in eternal peace. 🙏"For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s." Romans 14:8

Michael Tucker

February 4, 2019


I am honored and blessed to have known Dick. He was truly a blessing at Crossroads on the Charles and will be missed greatly.

May the love and mercy of our Lord be bestowed upon you and your family during this unfortunate time.

My most sincere condolences.

Sean Cassidy

February 3, 2019

I will never forget the clam bake at Dux with the McBride family, where I was so lucky to meet The Skipper. I knew right away I was in the presence of a great man and a great American. It was an honor and privilege to know you. Your on a new adventure now, and we will all see you soon to hear your latest stories. BTW, the story below from from Frank about the ball going through the school window in 1944 had me rolling on the floor laughing! Fair winds and following seas Skippa!

David Miller

February 2, 2019

From the minute we met Skipper he always made our family feel as if we were a part of his. We were fortunate enough to have spent time with him, Sally and the Murphys at their house in Duxbury on a couple of different occasions. We looked forward to those special times, and will miss him terribly. Thanks to the McBrides and Murphys for sharing this special man with us. I love you Skipper!

Susan Miller

February 2, 2019

Having lost my dad at a young age, my children thought of Skipper as their own grandpa. He was so good to all of us and we will miss him very much. Be thankful for all of the wonderful years you had with him and for having been blessed with a great husband, father and friend. Prayers for all of the family. Xo

Kimbra Valachovic

February 2, 2019

Although I’ve not had the pleasure to meet this wonderful man, I know his daughter, Robin and she embodies a calm a reassuring grace and generous spirit unlike anyone I know. He leaves a legacy of wonderful family to carry on his life force. Trusting your memories and long loving history will become your greatest treasures moving forward.

Sukie OATES-Connolly

January 31, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss. Dick was so kind, generous and forever supportive to my mom “Marion” and her family.

Joanne McKeough

January 31, 2019

Dear Robin, Sally and family,

I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your beautiful father, husband and friend. He was spectacular. I will always remember first meeting him in September 1969, when he came home from work carrying a big bag of candy for Robin and her new friend. Heaven! I so loved being included in the adventures of the McBride family, with Dick at the helm. Such a love of life and spirit of adventure. I have never forgotten and never will.

With all my love and sympathy,
Joanne McKeough

Janice Miller

January 31, 2019

Such a wonderful man. I am so sorry for your loss!