Adrian McDilda, 95, of Hawthorne, Florida, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family & loved ones on May 15, 2022. The world lost a treasure!
He was born to parents William and Minnie McDilda, on November 29, 1926 in Newberry, Florida. Adrian graduated from Newberry High School where he played basketball, football & baseball and after graduation he went on to play semi-pro baseball (Newberry), along side his brothers.
Adrian is survived by son Dale McDilda and partner Allison Meaders; as well as granddaugher, Amelia McDilda (Rachel Dodge). Adrian was predeceased by parents Willam and Minnie McDilda, and bothers Myles Willis, George McDilda, Phil McDilda and sister Novie Moon.
Adrian was known for his love of his family; a devoted son, father and granddad. He loved to spend his time with Dale his “Buddy” fishing, cheering for the Florida Gators, working in his yard, and telling stories about his time spent supporting the Buchholz Bobcats. Amelia Cay, his “baby doll” was the light of his life and words can’t express their special bond. Adrian loved being outdoors, had a green thumb like no other; putting hundreds of miles on his John Deer mower, tending to his yard until his final days.
Affectionately known as “Mr. Mac” by Buchholz faculty, staff, and students for more than 44 years. One of his greatest joys in life was his roll as “team parent” for Buchholz varsity & junior varsity sports. Traveling near and far and very seldom missing a game. He always had a smile, a kind word, and a piece of bubble gum to offer.
The graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 10 a.m. at the Newberry Cemetery. Casual dress. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Buchholz High School (Athletic Dept.) Attn: Kaye Marinoff, 5510 NW 27th Ave. Gainesville, Florida 32606.