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J. NEVINS MCBRIDE OBITUARY

 FRANKLIN, N.J., May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- J. Nevins McBride of Franklin Lakes, N.J., the patriarch of one of New Jersey's greatest real estate dynasties, died Wednesday, May 12, at home after a brief illness. He was 85.
 A pioneer in developing suburban office parks and an advocate for the development of Interstate 287, McBride, the former chairman and president of McBride Enterprises, Inc., was at the forefront of North Jersey's economic boom over the last 25 years. He began by steering his father's contracting business into suburban development during the 1950s, carefully plotting the company's investments adjacent to highway and railroad crossings as the Federal government was planning the interstate highway system.
 As New Jersey's suburbs grew, he constructed industrial and office parks in Fair Lawn, Rockleigh, Oakland, Wayne, Totowa and Mahwah. His Fair Lawn Office & Industrial Park, which was dedicated in 1955, was the first of its kind in the state. He built the Urban Farms community in Franklin Lakes, one of the first planned residential communities in New Jersey, and now among the state's wealthiest. Roads in two counties bear the McBride name.
 Although his company served as contractor for the George Washington Bridge's second deck, his name will forever be associated with the development of the Route 287 corridor.
 During the 1970s, McBride argued in hearings that growth was inevitable and that I-287 could serve as a corridor of homes and offices, giving New Jersey a competitive edge over New York. In doing so, he was often at odds with local governments and community groups.
 "It was always futile to think any political pressure from the local community would have an effect on I-287 being built or not," he once told an interviewer. "This highway is good for more than just traffic. There's the economy, too."
 A graduate of Georgetown University and a licensed professional engineer, McBride also served as chairman and president of Urban Farms, Inc.; executive vice president of Frank A. McBride Co.; chairman of Urban National Bank; and director of Midland Bank & Trust Co. A devout Roman Catholic, he was a Knight of Malta, a Knight of St. Gregory and a Knight of the Holy Sepulcher.
 Among his many civic and educational affiliations, he was a trustee of both Fairleigh Dickinson and Seton Hall universities, a member of the Board of Governors of Georgetown University, a member of the New Jersey Resource & Development Council, and a former police and fire commissioner of Paterson, N.J.
 He is survived by his wife, Mary Katherine; three sons, J. Nevins McBride, Jr., W. Peter McBride and David F. McBride; two daughters, Katherine Kruckel and Moira McBride Murphy; 18 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
 Visiting hours are Thursday, 7-9 p.m.; and Friday, 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the Vander Plaat-Vermeulen Memorial Home, Franklin Lakes, N.J. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Most Blessed Sacrament, Franklin Lakes.
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 /CONTACT: Joe Vitale of The Marcus Group, Inc., 201-902-9000, for McBride Enterprises/


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