Obituary of Henry A. McLaughlin Jr.

USNavy
World War II Veteran

Henry McLaughlin, Jr. of Woburn, 91 years of age. Beloved husband of Mary G. (Connors) McLaughlin, devoted father of Margaret M. McLaughlin and her companion Bob Terchiak of Woburn, Jay McLaughlin, his wife Maggie of Chelmsford, and John F. McLaughlin and his companion Patricia Perry of Woburn. Dear brother of Kathleen Bertochi, her husband Vincent of Woburn, and brother in law of Maureen McLaughlin of Burlington and the late Lawrence and Robert McLaughlin. Loving "Grampy" of Robert, Erika, Drew, Jessica, Kevin, Alison, and the late Lorraine Maggio. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch - Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St. Woburn, on Wednesday September 20th at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara's Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn, at 10. Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Tuesday, September 19th, 3-7 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Henry's (Grampy's) honor to the Woburn High School Girls Ice Hockey Team, 88 Montvale Ave., Woburn, MA 01801.

OBITUARY:

Henry A. McLaughlin Jr., passed away at Hearthstone in Woburn, Friday evening, September 15th. The loving husband of Mary G. (Connors) McLaughlin, he was ninety-one years of age.

Born in East Boston, he was one of four children of the late Henry A. and Catherine (McGuire) McLaughlin. Raised and educated in Medford, Henry enlisted in the United States Navy where he proudly served his country during World War II.

Upon his return home, Henry took up employment at Schraff’s Candy, where he remained for several years. During this time he began dating his best friend's sister, Mary Connors. A truly wonderful relationship blossomed and in the late fifties, they married and have journeyed together for over sixty years. They began their family while living in Medford, and in the mid sixties, nestled into the “country side” of west Woburn, where they have remained. They brought two sons and a daughter into the world to whom they were devoted.

Henry had left Schraffs and began a career with the Steamship Authority as a Steamship Clerk,in both Boston and Charlestown Harbors. This was a position he held for thirty four years, until his retirement at age sixty two. Henry was very proud of his children and always took part in all that they did. While the children were growing up he had secured tickets for many seasons cheering on Boston College! This was a family venture. Henry would rent a van, pile up the van with food and kids and off they would go to “tailgate” prior to the game. This tradition carried on over the years and has left some truly wonderful memories.

As the children married and Henry began his new role as “Grampy,” he was elated! “Grampy” became his montra for over the next thirty years. To his own children, the neighborhood children, and all of his grandchildren and friends, “Grampy” was the man! He was there to help, organize games, walk, chat and listen to them all. During summer months he would invite the kids in the neighborhood along with his grandchildren’s friends into their family pool, while he served as life guard!

As a matter of fact, “Grampy” and his granddaughter Lorraine, were extremely instrumental in bringing girls ice hockey to Woburn High School. Through their efforts and due diligence, his granddaughter Lorraine and all the other girls who were playing ice hockey, began skating as a team for WHS, with great thanks to Lorraine and her “Grampy.” The girls ice hockey team all knew “Grampy” as he continued to follow the team all throughout the years, being their number one fan. He was so proud of them all.

Kind, thoughtful, generous, sincere and very special, are just a few words that describe “Grampy". He had tremendous love of his family, his faith and fellow human beings and enjoyed bringing a smile to those with whom he as shared his life .

Sadly, Grampy was predeceased by his dear granddaughter Lorraine, and his siblings Lawrence and Robert.

He is lovingly survived by his cherished wife of sixty years Mary, his beloved children Margaret M. McLaughlin and her companion Bob Terchiak of Woburn, Jay McLaughlin, his wife Maggie of Chelmsford, and John F. McLaughlin and his companion Patricia Perry of Woburn. Dear brother of Kathleen Bertochi, her husband Vincent of Woburn, and brother-in-law of Maureen McLaughlin of Burlington. Loving "Grampy" of Robert, Erika, Drew, Jessica, Kevin, Alison. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St. Woburn, on Wednesday September 20th at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara's Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn, at 10. Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Tuesday, September 19th, 3-7 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Henry's (Grampy's) honor to the Woburn High School Girls Ice Hockey Team, 88 Montvale Ave., Woburn, MA 01801.