Friday, October 7, 2011

Loyal Son of Notre Dame Bob McBride Passes

Bob McBride, legendary Notre Dame player and coach, and an American war hero, passed away Wednesday at the age of 89.  Fittingly, he spent his final days in the shadow of Our Lady's statue atop the Golden Dome.

Bob's official obituary is here.

Some press reportage of his passing is here.

Bob McBride played and coached (superbly) for the Fighting Irish, and he fought and nearly died for our country.  He embodied the ideals that make Notre Dame fans and alumni most proud.  As offensive line coach under Frank Leahy, Coach McBride worked tirelessly to ensure that all Notre Dame players succeeded in the classroom as well as on the field and earned their Notre Dame degrees.  He was also instrumental in recruiting the first black football players to Notre Dame in the early 1950s. 

I hope all the readers of the OC Domer Blog will remember Bob, his wife Mary, and the entire McBride family in their prayers. 
Notre Dame Our Mother, tender strong and true,
proudly in the heavens gleams thy gold and blue,
glory's mantle cloaks thee, golden is thy fame,
and our hearts forever praise thee, Notre Dame,
and our hearts forever love thee, Notre Dame.

Rest in Peace Mr. McBride.