Albert Edward “Bud” McBride, Jr. passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2012 in his home at the McBride Nisqually family farm. The son of Albert Edward and Pauline Leona (McAllister) McBride, he was born May 23, 1927 in Olympia. He was a descendant of the pioneer McAllister, Mounts and McLeod families, and of Chief Sca-da-wah of the Cowlitz Tribe.
He graduated from Lincoln High School, Tacoma, in 1945. He served in the Army from 1945 to 1947 in Japan.
Bud was a founder/partner of the Klee Wyk Studio at Nisqually and produced many collectible pieces of pottery and art. Then Bud opened Crow Valley Pottery on Orcas Island with partner Richard Schneider, where business flourished for 35 years until retirement.
Bud and Richard undertook the restoration of the 1888 Crow Valley School, completing the restoration for the centennial celebration. The school has recently been dedicated to the Orcas Island Historical Society.
Bud is survived by his life partner Richard E. Schneider, nephews Robert B. (Cindy) McBride and Mark A. McBride and great nephews Brent (Ashley), Patrick, Paul and Nickolas. He was also Uncle Bud to Richard’s nieces and nephews, children of his sisters Joyce Nigretto and Viola Coleman.
He was predeceased by his father and mother, and brothers Delbert J. McBride and Malcolm A. (Patricia J.) McBride.
A celebration of life will be held at the family farm later in the spring.
Submitted by Bud McBride’s family.