Mr. Laurence B. McLaughlin, age 89, a Woburn resident for many years formerly of Lexington, passed away peacefully following a lengthy illness, June1, 2022. He was the beloved husband for 62 years of Bridget (Egan) McLaughlin. Born in Newton he was the son of the late William A. and Rose I. (Melly) McLaughlin.
Laurence was raised and educated in Lexington and was a graduate of Lexington High School. He was a tremendous student athlete in high school and was the co-Captain of Football team and member of the Basketball Team. Laurence continued to play football following high school with Billerica Knights semi-pro football team and remained an avid sports fan throughout his life. Laurence also proudly served in the United States Army and was stationed for periods of time in both Korea and Japan. When he returned back home to civilian life he went back to work as a 3rd generation Plasterer and was a member of the Plasterers and Cement Masons Union and was also self-employed for many years. For more than 25 years Laurence also owned and operated Bushy Trees in Arlington where he would sell Christmas Trees every season.
In his leisure time, Laurence enjoyed and loved reading poetry and learning about history. He was a member of the Yates Society and was always interested in learning more about his Irish heritage. Over the years he enjoyed traveling with friends and family, especially trips to Ireland where he was able to learn more about his own family's ancestry and roots.
Laurence will fondly be remembered for his love of being a real people person and his ability to easily socialize anyone he would encounter. However, his greatest joy was his family and nothing made him happier than to be surrounded by those he loved, especially his adored grandchildren.
In addition to his beloved wife Bridget, Laurence is survived by his children; Sheila McLaughlin of Woburn, Patrick McLaughlin and his wife Cynthia of Medway, Brendan McLaughlin and his wife Nicole of Stoneham. He was the loving grandfather of Bridget and Jack McLaughlin. Cherished brother of Mary Louise McLaughlin of Lexington, the late William, Richard, Paul and Nancy McLaughlin.
Funeral services will be held from the McLaughlin - Dello Russo Family Funeral Home, 60 Pleasant St., Woburn, Wednesday, June 8th, at 9 a.m. followed by a funeral Mass celebrated at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 280 Main St., Woburn, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours at the McLaughlin - Dello Russo Family Funeral Home will be held on Tuesday, June 7th, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Services will conclude with military honors and burial at Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. It has been requested that in lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Laurence's memory to the Alzheimer's Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452. Out of concern for everyone's safety, the family has requested that face masks be worn while attending all services.