RIP Joe McBride

Joe and Kathy McBride

Joe and Kathy McBride

Joseph Boyd McBride, 68, of Weirton, WV passed away February 24, 2017.

Born in Levelland, TX on July 31, 1948, Joe was the son of Cecil Elmo McBride and Geraldine (Williams) McBride. He graduated from the University of Arkansas with a BSA in Agricultural Economics and later from the City University of Seattle with a Masters Degree in Business Administration.

He was a jack of all trades having worked in bookstores, pet stores, direct sales, and as a teacher. He was an accomplished motivational speaker and corporate trainer. He traveled the world with his wife, Kathy, with Toastmasters, BNI, and Spokane’s sister city program, making friends wherever he went.

He wrote training guides, speaker guides, and marketing strategies including work in Master of Sales and Master of Networking. He joined Toastmasters International in March of 1983 and remained active in the organization until his passing.

He loved to cook and experiment with different styles of food, different techniques of preparation. He enjoyed gardening, telling stories, reading and watching Jeopardy.

He is survived by his loving wife Kathy, his daughter and son-in-law Sarah and Rob Wagner, his grandsons, Dakota and Logan, his sister and her husband Sandra and Charles Whittington and nephews Barry and Wade and their wives and children, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He will be missed.

His Toastmasters district posted a memoriam online.

If you would like to hear a little speech, his district posted a video a while back from, I believe, one of the Toastmaster competitions. It should be set to start at his portion. If not, it starts at approximately 11:36.

In 2000, after a viral heart infection, the doctors said he wouldn’t get another five years. It’s a very good thing for those of us who love him that he never did much care what the doctors said. We were very lucky to get almost 17 years more. So, even though we all would have liked another few decades, we’re glad to have gotten what we did.

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