Club News

John McBride

13th February 2017

Ann Budge pays tribute to John McBride, who sadly passed away on Sunday.

It is with deep sadness that the club must share the news that John McBride, club Commercial Executive, has passed away after a short illness.

John was a Gorgie boy through and through; a pupil at Tynecastle High and a Jambo from boyhood. His support for his beloved Hearts was unwavering and his life revolved around the club.

A fan first and foremost, he joined the club at a time of crisis and helped to “keep the show on the road” during administration. As the club recovered and began the process of rebuilding relationships with sponsors and supporters, John played a key part in restoring its commercial fortunes, forging strong bonds and rebuilding trust.

John was a loving and committed family man. His three daughters; Heather, Andrea and Joy, and his five grandchildren were a constant source of pride. As a Foundation of Hearts pledger from its inception, he was particularly proud that his grandson, Connor, saved his pocket money to pay for the Foundation’s “Create History” board that was displayed in the Main Stand throughout the 2014/15 season.

John’s courage in the face of serious illness in 2015 was truly inspirational.  Having recovered from serious surgery and chemotherapy, he organised a fundraiser in the Gorgie Suite that raised over £20,500 for Maggie’s Centres. It was a cruel blow when the illness returned, but in his usual manner, John responded with great dignity with his thoughts firmly focused on those for whom he cared, and who cared for him.

The thoughts of the club are with his daughters, his grandchildren and his partner, Liz, at this sad time.

Ann Budge

John is pictured with his grandson Connor.