It is with sadness that the family of Harold “Bud” McDade announces his passing at the Veterans Health Unit on Saturday, September 16, 2023 at the age of 98. Born in New Market, NB, on September 30, 1924, he was the husband of Alma (Crowley) McDade.
In addition to his wife of 75 years, Alma, Bud leaves behind his children, Jamie McDade (Gerrie Weldon) of Calgary, AB, Mary MacLeod of McAdam, NB, Frank McDade (Lori Ann Gilchrist) of Rothesay, NB, and Terry McDade of Fort McMurray, AB; grandchildren, Tracey Messer (Aaron), Tammy DeMerchant (Tony Christie), Michelle Breede (Christian), Colleen Flower (Ian), Jeremy MacLeod (Chantel Hartlen), Andrew McDade, Jen McDade (Matt Saulnier); great grandchildren, MacKenzie, Gabriel, Haley, Casey, Riley, Michael, Anna, Jack, Blair, Charlie and Clara; sister, Dorothy Bliss; daughters-in-law, Lori Brewer (Larry) of York Mills, NB, and Helen McDade of Fredericton, NB; several nieces and nephews. Bud was predeceased by his parents, James and Mary Ellen (Hurley) McDade; sons, Gary, Ronald, and Michael McDade; granddaughter, Katie MacLeod.
Bud was a proud veteran having served his country in WWII. Following his discharge from the military he worked for CP Railway as a Yard Master and Conductor until his retirement. He volunteered with various community organizations including Meals on Wheels and the Rockland Cemetery Committee as well as donating his handmade birdhouses in support of the Lakeland Resource Center. Bud was a member of the Catholic church and belonged to The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #7 in McAdam. In his spare time he enjoyed cribbage at the Owls Club and was golfing well into his 90’s.
Thank you to the staff at the Veterans Health Unit for their excellent care during Bud’s time there. He made many special friendships with the other residents and staff and he truly felt at home.
Visitation will be held at McAdam’s Funeral Home on Wednesday, September 20, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated from Holy Family Catholic Church, 1500 Hanwell Road, on Thursday, September 21, 2023 at 11:00 am with Fr. Bill Brennan as celebrant. Interment will take place later in the day at 4:00 pm in Rockland Cemetery, McAdam. The McAdam Royal Canadian Legion Branch #7 will hold a tribute service in the cemetery beginning at 3:30 pm. A reception at the Legion to celebrate Bud will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bud’s memory may be made to the Veterans Health Unit, Lakeland Resource Center or a charity of the donor’s choice.