Grove Manufacturing leader, Waynesboro lawyer dies

Thomas MacBride gave time to Easter Seals, Waynesboro Day Care, YMCA

September 28, 2010|By JENNIFER FITCH
  • Thomas "Tom" MacBride

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- A longtime Waynesboro lawyer and Grove Manufacturing leader who was involved in many area organizations has died.

Thomas "Tom" MacBride was 88.

He died Sunday morning at his home in Chambersburg, Pa.

MacBride practiced law with Ullman, MacBride and Painter, and he was a lawyer and vice president for Grove Manufacturing. He also served on Grove's board of directors.

MacBride gave his time to causes like Easter Seals and Waynesboro Day Care. He was active in a 1975 campaign that raised $1 million to move the Waynesboro YMCA from North Potomac Street to the intersection of East Second and East Main streets, where it remains today.

He also served on YMCA campaigns in 1985 and 1995, and was honorary chairman of the 2005 campaign, according to former executive director Dick Marks.

Choosing an honorary chairman requires identifying a person of integrity who will properly convey an organization's image, Marks said.


"For me, that has always been Tom MacBride. When Tom MacBride spoke, everybody listened," he said.

MacBride appreciated the programs for families and children at the YMCA, current Director Alan Smith said.

"He's been a friend of the Y for many, many years," Smith said.

Former Waynesboro Hospital President Bill George said MacBride was serving on the hospital's board of directors when George came to town in 1980. MacBride and LeRoy Maxwell were "bright minds" guiding the hospital, George said.

"They were my chief advisers for making that transition," he said.

MacBride was a "man behind the scenes" to guide the hospital through some tough times, George said.

"He had a knack for solving problems and was unflappable for getting over hurdles," George said.

People had an enormous respect for MacBride, he said.

Marks agreed.

"There are a lot of leaders out there," Marks said. "There are very few leaders who are natural leaders. He was."

"Tom had a nice, positive personality," George said. "Anything he believed in, he had a way of making sure it would happen in a way that wasn't confrontational."

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