Remembrances pour in following McBride’s deathby John Kennedy | December 23rd, 2012
Remembrances continued through Sunday evening following the death of 2002 Florida Democratic gubernatorial nominee Bill McBride, a longtime managing partner at the law firm, Holland & Knight, and husband of the Democrats’ 2010 nominee for governor, Alex Sink.
“Bill McBride was a great lawyer, a devoted public servant, a veteran and a talented leader,” said Gov. Rick Scott, who narrowly defeated Sink . “Our family’s thoughts and prayers are with the McBride family, and especially his wife Alex, at this time of great loss.
“Florida is no doubt a better place because people like Bill McBride commit themselves to making a difference in the lives of others,” Scott said.
McBride suffered a heart attack Saturday while visiting with family in Mount Airy, N.C. McBride had suffered from heart problems for many years but, Sink said, “this was very sudden and unexpected.”
A year after his defeat by Gov. Jeb Bush, McBride collapsed while exercising at a health club near his Tampa office. McBride needed to be resuscitated, but at the time, tests apparently showed the episode was not a heart attack and he suffered no lasting damage.
Bush sent a message from his Twitter account that, “Thoughts and prayers are with Alex and Bill’s entire family.”
Steven Sonberg, managing partner at Holland & Knight, said, “Bill believed strongly that all lawyers have an obligation to help those in need, especially those who cannot afford access to the legal system. His lasting contributions will serve
as a legacy for years to come.”
Florida Democratic Party Chairman Rod Smith also honored McBride for his years of devotion to the party.
“All those who knew Bill knew he was not only a tireless advocate for the Democratic Party, but a leader and true public servant to the people of Florida,” Smith said.