Hundreds gathered to pay tribute to Tampa lawyer and former gubernatorial candidate Bill McBride on Friday.
McBride died last weekend at age 67 of an apparent heart attack while visiting family in North Carolina with his wife Alex Sink, also a one-time candidate for governor and former Florida chief financial officer.
Family and friends honored McBride during the service at Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church with stories about his efforts to help others and "do the right thing."
Bert McBride recalled his father's response years ago when the teenager failed to pick up a candy wrapper he passed on the ground while the family was on vacation.
"He stopped me and he was like, hey, it takes just a second of your time to pick that up and put it in the trash can over there. And in that second, you've made the world a better place," Bert McBride said.
McBride's daughter Lexi McBride Crawford recalled her father's devotion to his family – even during a busy statewide campaign.
"I'll never forget him traveling home every night during his campaign, no matter the distance, not only to sleep in his own bed, but to wake me up, tell me how much he loved me, and sincerely ask about the favorite part of my day," she said.
Friday's service drew current and former public officials including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, former Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio and former Congressman Jim Davis.
McBride will be remembered as a "champion" of the people, said U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Florida).
"He was a remarkable public servant," Castor said. "He may never have served in public office, but he was a true public servant."
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