Rita Anne McBride (26 Mar 1943 - 9 May 2019)

Funeral Service

Location
St Gertrudes Church Debnams Road London S E16
Date
30th May 2019
Time
10am
Funeral Director
F.A. Albin & Sons

Cremation Details

Location
Honor Oak CrematoriumBrockley WayLondonSE4 2LW
Date
30th May 2019
Time
11.30am

Funeral Reception

Location
The Old BankSouthwark Park RoadBermondseySE16 3TS
Date
30th May 2019
Time
1pm

In loving memory of Rita Anne McBride who sadly passed away on 9th May 2019

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Ita McBride wrote

Just reading all the lovely messages, it goes without saying how well thought of you were mum & how deeply missed you are by everyone. It’s life changing now without you, I hope you’re at peace my darling mum. In our hearts forever, rest in peace, love you always 💔😰😘💕🙏🏻

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Patricia Platt wrote

Dear RITA
The world has lost a special Angel who is now a special Angel in Heaven, I’m so pleased I knew you albeit for a short time , but I’m proud to say I knew you kind gentle sweet Lady, hope you are resting, ita Kathy and Danny miss you, but the courage you showed I’m sure has rubbed off on them R I P dear RITA forever missed and never forgotten xxxx

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Heather McBride wrote

RIP Rita. You were a lovely person and always looked after us on our visits to London. We will miss you. Lots of love Michael and Heather xx

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Margaret, Paddy, Elma & David Griffin wrote

Rest in peace Rita- a beautiful sister and aunt who was loved dearly. The world is a sadder place without your lovely face. You will be forever remembered and loved by your heartbroken sister and family. Love Maga, Paddy, Elma, David, Jenny, Martin & Róise xxx

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Jayne Marshall wrote

A mother’s love is always with her children. Losing a mother is one of the deepest sorrows a heart can know. But her goodness, her caring and her wisdom live on - like a legacy of love that will always be with you. May that love surround you now and bring you peace.
R.I.P Rita.
With much love, Jayne, Tony and Amy XXX

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Kelly George wrote

Not sure why but can always remember your mum having a go at you ha,ha,ha, think it may have been the times up in Kathy’s bedroom having a drink before going out ha,ha. She would say something and call Kathy “Kathleen” and say something. It use to make us really laugh!! Not sure if she was swearing but in her own lady, unique way... but I’m sure she was cursing us ha,ha.
Such a lovely, kind, thoughtful lady, always had time for a chat and always made me/us feel so welcome in her home.

She would be so proud of you girls! Xx

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Danny, Kathy & Ita McBride wrote

Sadly missed but never forgotten, always in our hearts with treasured memories. You were simply the best wife and mother anyone could ever wish for and more besides. You radiated love and kindness and our house has lost its heart. The void is pretty unbearable but we will try to remain strong & hopefully continue our lives as you would have wanted. Heaven is a better place with you in it. We will pray for you mum & please guide & protect us as you always did. We love you more than words can ever say. Ruby misses you too so she’s getting plenty of cuddles. We promise to look after Dad, I’m sure he’ll be down to visit you and chat most days. May you rest in peace & hopefully get love in abundance from family & loved ones and dogs too. Don’t do all the chores anymore, you deserve a rest now. Love you to the moon and back, rest in peace until we meet again - God bless you always xxx

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Sister Kathleen Murphy wrote

Tribute to Rita McBride
“What we give at the beginning is what we receive at the end”. These are my own words and I learned them from my ministry to Rita McBride. Rita learned that she had terminal cancer in what she perceived to be the most painful of ways. Doctors gave her the news without her beloved Danny, Ita and Kathy present. These three lovely people were what Rita lived for and she believed that they lived for her and for each other. To me, they were a tiny nugget of humanity at its best.
When Rita married Danny – a marriage of fifty years when I met her – she vowed to give her total life in love to him. Together they worked as a unit. Later she was blessed with two daughters. She told me that with Danny they became her main focus in life. She worked at anything and everything so that she could always be there for her girls when they came from school. As they grew they became a unit immersed in love and in the Catholic faith. The impression I got sitting by the bedside of Rita was that her girls did well in life, got good jobs and bought their own home. They became independent of their parents but the umbilical cord was, metaphorically speaking, never cut and this little family grew as a unit of love.
Rita reminded me so much of my own mother. She was a strong, independent and faith filled woman who in her illness radiated purity. It shone from her little face and the ambience in her room spoke of sanctity. One felt graced in her presence.
She spoke daily about her faith and the service she had given to her local church - washing and ironing altar linen, being available to the priest as he tried to minister to the people, and keeping the parish club running at a time when she really felt it was too much for her. Her faith and her God together with her little family and her precious dog Ruby were the centre of her life.
She saw death as part of life. Although she wanted to live as long as possible and to end her days in her family home with Danny, Ita, Kathy and Ruby. Seeing her frailty I used to pray that maybe God would give her one day at home to see her garden and just sit in that nest of love and oneness. She had no worries about how her girls would cope when she returned to God who gave her to her family of birth in Co Clare, to Danny and the girls and who had a right to take her to himself at the end of a journey faithfully lived. She did worry about Danny and how he would cope. She prayed that Noel Fitzpatrick’s veterinary team would heal Ruby’s condition so that when she was no longer there, Danny would feel the security of having Ruby to walk daily in the park where she would rest amongst the daisies.
I said that what we give at the beginning we receive at the end. What Rita gave when she married Danny and as they nurtured their girls she received a hundred fold - the hundred fold referred to in the Gospel (Mk 10:31), at the end of her earthly life in abundance. Together they took her home from the hospital, not just for a day, but for her last weeks until they were forced to give her back to God. She had the joy of being able to sit in her own sitting room, to see Ruby returned to full health for Danny and she was ministered to by the priest for whom she did so much when she was in full health.
Rita, you have made a profound impression on me. You were an image of all that is best in a faith-filled hardworking Irish woman, of the fruitful wife (Proverbs 31:31) and of a great mother. Alleluia Amen. Sister Kathleen M Murphy, Hospital Chaplain.

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  • Such wonderful words and so true. Anyone who was lucky to know mum was truly blessed. We’re overwhelmed with grief but praying mum still guides us & will provide us with strength to cope without her in our everyday lives. We pray she’s in heaven and that one day we’ll all be together and unite as that family unit once again. Simply the best mother and wife anyone could wish for, love you forever mum 😘😍🙏🏻💔

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Gerry Mcbride wrote

R.I.P Auntie Rita atleast you are pain free. The world is a darker place without you to brighten it. Love you always Gerald xx

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Mona, Jason and Tara Murray wrote

RIP Rita, dearly loved and sadly missed. Thinking of you always with fond memories. Hope Dad is looking after you. Love always Mona, Jason and Tara xxx

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Michael Farrell wrote

To our dear Rita we will never forget you You will forever be with us in all we do love always John Ann Marie Aodon Ciaran and Aislinn xxxxx

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