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Bill McBride was leading Tampa civic, political, philanthropic activist

Posted Dec 23, 2012 by William March

Updated Dec 23, 2012 at 09:58 PM

Bill McBride, one of Tampa’s leading civic, political and philanthropic activists and the husband of Alex Sink, has died at age 67.

McBride is best known for having run unsuccessfully for governor in 2002; for building Holland & Knight into one of the nation’s biggest law firms; and as a prominent fundraiser for Democratic political candidates.

He has had heart problems since 2003, and suffered a heart attack while in Mt. Airy, N.C. Saturday. McBride and Sink, who was born and grew up in Mt. Airy, were visiting her family there at the time.

McBride grew up in Leesburg, Fl. He earned a Bronze Star in combat as a Marine officer in Vietnam. He spent nearly all his career at Holland & Knight until he quit the firm to run against Gov. Jeb Bush, then running for re-election, in 2002. He has worked since for the firm of Barnett, Bolt, Kirkwood, Long & McBride in Tampa.

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