Bruce McBride


Bruce John McBride, 68, passed away on March 29, 2020, after a 6-month battle with ALS. He is survived by his family, Cathy McBride (Mike LaFave) of Carlton, Jessica McBride of St. Paul, Jennifer McBride (Terry Niznik) of Brooklyn Park, Joshua Pauna of NYC, his best friend of 65 years, Terry Hallback (Donna Hallback) of Cloquet, his special cousin Bill Black (Josie Black) of Ham Lake, his dog Lucy, and many other people who loved him including family, friends, and Olsonville neighbors. Bruce was an employee at Ryland Ford and Northstar Ford for 30+ years and ended his working career at Cloquet Auto Value.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bernice and Harold McBride, his cousin Tommy Hill, his special auntie Hilda Black, and numerous family members who were special to him.

Bruce loved music (especially Patsy and Dolly), and dancing. He loved to be outside in the sunshine, he loved flowers, nature and owls. He loved to paint random items like rocks and one time he painted a tree bright white in the front yard. He also loved to vacuum to Mambo No. 5 by Lou Bega.

The family would like to thank Essentia Health, for the loving care they gave to him, the team at Cloquet Auto Value where he worked at a job he loved (bubbla boo), the staff at Carlton County Human Services, and the Staff at New Perspectives for giving him a safe and loving home for the past 2.5 weeks.

Most of all, his daughters would like to thank their dad: you gave us our wit, love of music, plants, and unconditional love. There was never any doubt how much you loved us or how proud you were of our accomplishments. We know that you are now surrounded by loved ones who left this earth before you, while Patsy Cline sings Walking After Midnight to welcome you into your new world. You get to dance like you used to.

Please consider donating blood to your local blood bank or food to the local food bank—dad was an avid donator to both throughout his life.

Because of current world circumstances, the family has hopes of holding a celebration of Bruce’s life in July. To view the guest book visit

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