Robert J. McBride

Date of Passing:

December 22, 2023

Robert John McBride September 1, 1955 – December 22, 2023

Taking advantage of the longest night of the year, Robert (Bob) McBride peacefully passed over this winter solstice.

Born and raised in West Barrington with his 5 brothers, Bob loved art, music and photography from an early age. He went on to study Fine Art at Johnson State College (now Northern Vermont University) and later worked in Colorlab in Providence as a Cibachrome printing specialist and won a Providence Journal photography award for one of his photos featured on their Sunday Magazine cover back in the late 1970s.
His love of music though brought him to start his association working with Rich Lupo at his infamous music venue Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel and more recently at the Met Café, becoming a permanent fixture in the Providence music scene.

Privately he battled cancer over the last 2 years and is survived by his older brother Francis of Venice Florida, and his three younger brothers Richard, David and James, along with his nephews, Sean, Seth, James and Daniel.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Luke’s Church, Washington Road, Barrington on Thursday January 4, 2024 at 10 a.m. A Private Burial will follow in Forest Chapel Cemetery, Nayatt Road, Barrington. Calling Hours and flowers are respectfully omitted.

Online Condolences


  1. I remember you as Bale, and we sure got in heaps of trouble in our younger years! Sorry to have lost touch and to learn that you suffered from cancer! May you be in peace now and enjoy your wings! I also pray your family finds comfort in knowing you are free now, and may they always feel you close.

  2. Condolences to Roberts Family,, ,You were a Great Guy to Work With on Details,,,And To Talk to ,,,While always smiling and Being A Funny Lovable Person, R.I.P Balcony Bob You will be Missed.

  3. Going to miss you Bob, thanks for the photography book, I’ll make good use of it. Love to the family

  4. Bob was a shining light in Providence and an amazing coworker. My sincerest condolences as we recover from this loss. Sending love and well wishes to all of his family/friends. Rip Balcony Bob! Much love.

  5. Bob was One of my most favorite people that I’ve ever met. He was the funniest and most charismatic person. He was an absolute blast to work with and took so much pride in what he did. The world suffered a great loss of an even greater man. Heartfelt condolences to his family at such a difficult time.

  6. So sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace. A true spirit and humanitarian

  7. My Sincerest Condolences to Family and Friends of Bob. He was such a nice guy and a friend I will miss.
    See you at the show 🙂

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