On Monday, September 14, 2020, Greg McBride passed away at the age of 54. Greg was born on January 27, 1966 in Albany, New York. He graduated from Bishop Maginn High School in 1985 and went on to attend the Pre-Engineering/Computer Science/Architecture Program at Chamberlayne Junior College in Boston, Mass. in 1987. In 1988, he graduated from HVCC’s Construction Technology/Building Construction Program, and in 1989 he graduated with a Project Management degree from Pace University. Greg leaves behind his father, James, and his mother, Virtis. He is also survived by his wife, Tracy Johnson, his son, Khilil, his brothers, Jonathan and Stephon and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Greg was employed in 1996 by the NYS Office of General Services (OGS) as a Jr. Superintendent of Construction in the agency's Design and Construction unit. He coordinated with electrical, heating, plumbing and structural designers as a project manager to ensure that NYS facilities statewide were code compliant. He was a NYS Code Enforcement Officer and Certified Asbestos Designer, and also had extensive training in hazardous materials and NYS Building and Energy Codes. In 2019 he was promoted to Facilities Planner1 at the NYS Office of Children and Family Services.
Greg was very dedicated to improving the lives of those around him. He was a long-time union activist who served in many capacities in his union, the Public Employees Federation (PEF). In addition to serving as a steward and Assistant Council Leader at OGS, he also served as the Upstate Regional Vice President of the Albany Chapter of the PEF Black Caucus. He attended numerous PEF Conventions as a delegate representing his members at OGS. He also attended numerous conventions of the American Federation of Teachers as a delegate and was awarded PEF’s prestigious Privatization Buster of the Year Award in 2006, earning recognition for his outspoken stance against the privatization of state jobs in his agency. He mentored high school students as a coordinator of the agency’s Intern program in Architectural Design and always helped people further their career and passions.
Greg loved to work with his hands and he also enjoyed designing and working on projects such as building decks and other home improvement projects. He was a fan of the Albany Firebirds, worked out at local gyms on a regular basis, loved listening to music and was often “out on the dance floor”. Greg was loved by many and on any given evening he could be found enjoying the company of friends while supporting numerous local establishments. He had a wonderful sense of humor and his laugh was infectious.
Greg will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by the many people whose lives he touched.
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