Robert J. McLaughlin 81, a resident of Everett passed away at the Melrose Wakefield Hospital on Thursday November 21 surrounded by his family. Bob was born in Lynn on February 20, 1938 the son of the late Nicholas and Marie (Comeau) McLaughlin. In 1967, Bob married his loving wife of 52 years Pat Doherty and together they continued their life Everett and raised their family. Before he retired in the late 90s, Bob enjoyed a successful career as an accountant. He graduated from Northeastern University and he continued his education and received his Masters Degree from Bentley University.
Bob McLaughlin was a kind and quiet man. He was patient and caring. He made everyone around him feel welcome. His favorite times were spent with his family. He loved spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren. Bob loved kids. He began volunteering with the Boy Scouts when his son was a member, and even after his son quit the organization, Bob stayed on as a treasurer, and for a short time, a den leader. He stepped up to help when needed. He enjoyed the camp outs and loved the Pine Wood Derby. In this role, Bob positively influenced many young boys. He was recognized for his outstanding and long standing contribution as a scout Leader by being awarded the Charles A Nason Distinguished Service Award. This award is given in recognition of exception dedication and service. To qualify for this award you must first be awarded the District Award of Merit which is the highest award for service that can be presented on the District level.
Bob was a volunteer at the Immaculate Conception Church throughout the 80s, helping with the weekly bingo nights. Bob was truly an exceptional man who gave to his community. If you knew Bob, you knew a person who was smart, funny, intelligent, always doing the right thing and he led a positive and active life. His other enjoyment was watching and talking about all kinds of sports-college and professional- he enjoyed them all.
Bob was an avid reader reading newspapers daily and reading about historical events and people.
Bob McLaughlin was the beloved husband of Pat (Doherty) McLaughlin and loving father to his son Kevin and his wife Susan of Peabody, and his daughters Ann and her husband Paul Walker of Pembroke and Kathleen McLaughlin of Everett. He also was the wonderful grandfather to Nicholas and Kaitlyn McLaughlin of Peabody and Kalie and Connor Walker of Pembroke. He was the brother to the late Edward and his wife Sally McLaughlin. Bob is also survived by his niece Eileen Beaulieu of Littleton. He greatly cared and loved his wonderful dog, Kona.
Funeral Mass was held on Tuesday in the Immaculate Conception Church Broadway Everett. Interment followed in Glenwood Cemetery. Visiting hours were held on Monday at the Murphy O’Hara Funeral Home 519 Broadway Everett.
The family request that contributions be made in Bob’s name to St. Jude’s Hospital PO Box 50 Memphis TN. 38101-9929 or to donate oneline stjude.org/wemissyou