Accomplished local photographer passes
courtesy of the McBride family, Tad McBride, who owned a local framing gallery, spent his free time in the great outdoors.

Tad McBride, a longtime Tucson area resident and accomplished outdoor photographer who ran McBride’s Framing Gallery with his wife Patti, died Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008, of complications after surgery to repair a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm.

He was 64.

Services are planned at Adair Funeral Home, 8090 N. Northern in Oro Valley, at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10. Casual dress is required.

Tad McBride grew up in Blythe, Calif., along the Colorado River. He was a country boy who enjoyed rock hunting, fishing and surveying his surroundings for more treasures and mischief.

In 1967, Tad married Patti Vincent, and after a few moves they settled in Tucson in 1975.  Tad and Patti started their first business in 1980. McBride Equipment Company was a supplier to the mining and power production industries in Arizona and New Mexico.

They sold McBride Equipment Company in 1995, and were able to escape the industrial life and opened a new venture into the framing and art business. Here Tad’s love for the outdoors really took hold. With the advent of digital cameras, his interest in photography flourished and grew. On any day, a person with a 4x4 vehicle might have seen him finding a new “best” photo or resting next to his “yurt.” Tad supplied a number of photos for the Northern Pima County Chamber of Commerce Map and Guide, published by The Explorer.

Tad had many passions in his life, with boundless love for his wife Patti, daughters Shelby and Erin, grandsons Preston Sheldon and Zachary Sheldon, and his love of the rugged outdoors captured in his photographs.

In lieu of flowers, the McBride family asks that those who are able donate blood to the American Red Cross in Tad’s name.

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