Alexander (Alex) Tooshie McBride was born in Calgary, AB on May 18, 1943. Alex suddenly passed away on November 27, 2013 at the age of 70 at the Whitehorse General Hospital. Over the years, Alex answered to many different versions of his name; Dad, Grandpa Al, Al, Alex, Uncle Al and around Whitehorse and in the bars was commonly referred to as “Honest Al”.
Alex graduated from Vernon Senior High School. After high school he applied to the R.C.M.P. at age 18, enlisted at age 19, and was in the force for 12 years. Following his R.C.M.P. career, he became a truck driver for different companies over the next 39 years throughout BC, Yukon and Northwest Territories; White Pass, Yukon Alaska Transport and North of 60 and up to very present Lynden Transport Ltd, hauling ore, freight or fuel on the Klondike Highway. As well he hauled logs for O’Hashi Bros. and he hauled lumber and wood chips for R.V. Schmidt Bros. both companies out of Lumby, BC.
As a young boy, Al was introduced to Robert Service’s poetry and was intrigued by the north-country. Just as Robert Service’s, ‘The Spell of the Yukon’ states and Al believed;
“Yet it isn’t the gold that I’m wanting
So much as just finding the gold.
It’s the great, big, broad land ‘way up yonder,
It’s the forests where silence has lease;
It’s the beauty that thrills me with wonder,
It’s the stillness that fills me with peace.”
Al was a free-spirit taking interest in adventures, hiking, gold mining, fishing, hunting, horseback riding, watching the SK Roughriders and following NHL Hockey (especially Don Cherry and Ron MacLean) …. and he also enjoyed an occasional trip to the bar! Al was a hobby gold miner and took a keen interest in the daily stock market.
As a Dad and a brother, Al was always excited to entertain family members that joined him up north and depending on the time of year he was sure to include Rendezvous, Yukon Quest, Burwash Landing, Dawson Creek, and Haines Junction to name a few.
As a grandfather and uncle, he was always interested in the kids’ activities and looked for phone updates as to how they were all doing. Although his trips to Saskatchewan were few, the grandkids have very fond memories of these visits with Grandpa Al.
Al had the ability to light up a room with his contagious laughter! He could bring a smile to anyone’s face with the twinkle in his eye, and a firm arm around their shoulder. Al worked hard, and he played hard! He had an exceptionally strong physique amidst his short stature. There were very few that would beat him in an arm wrestle, even at his tender age of 70! Al enjoyed the simple things in life with all his heart, always living life to the fullest!
Al was predeceased by: his mother Joan McBride Aug. 25, 1950 in Vernon B.C. and his father Alexander McBride Dec. 18, 1992, in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Christina Wallace (niece) in 1966, Scott Wallace (nephew) in 2011, his foster parents Lill and Will Dawe, and later Dorothea Dawe.
Alex leaves to mourn his passing and celebrate his life; his son Toosh (Johnna) McBride of Yorkton, SK and their two children (Karissa and TJ), his daughter Terri McBride of Saskatoon, SK and his youngest son Robbi McBride of Prince George, BC and his four children (Tyler, Jayden, Kade and Ethan). He also leaves to mourn his older sister Sally (Ken) Isinger, of Burnaby, B.C. and their four children, Rick, Randy, Cindy, Coreene, and their families. As well as Alex’s younger sister Jo-Ann (Joe) Wallace of Lumby, B.C. and their three children, Cam, Carey-Ann, and Geneva all of Lumby, B.C. and their children. He is survived by his foster brothers Herb Crowe of Kelowna, BC and Gordon Crowe of Orcas Island, Washington, U.S.A.
In accordance with Al’s wishes, a private family cremation committal will take place at Mt. Hoge overlooking the Donjek River at a later date.