Donald Rodney McLaughlin
Dec. 31, 1942 – May 29, 2015
Donald “Don” McLaughlin of Winchester, formerly of Haley Station, Montreal, and Ottawa, passed away peacefully at Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Fri., May 29, 2015 following a valiant struggle with cancer.
He was born in Forester’s Falls to the late Harold Gordon McLaughlin (1908-1997) and the late Hazel Muriel Church (1914 – 2001).
On July 13, 1971, he married Patricia Madeline Kerr in Ottawa. They had two sons, Ian Alexander of Ottawa and Michael Anthony (Marie-Josée) of Orleans, and three grandchildren, Anne-Elizabeth, Charles, and Aurora. He was the brother of the late John “Gary” (1940-1996) of Kemptville, Neil Broyden (MaryAnn) of Kanata, and David Merwyn (Gloria) of Pickering. He was the uncle of Gary and his late wife Darlene’s children – Scott McLaughlin (Antonia), Micheal, and Adriana; Erin (Gilles Paquette); Tim and the late Brendon (1968-1994), and of his second wife Diane Cloutier’s daughter, Amy-Lynne; and of Neil’s children – Neil “Sheldon” John McLaughlin (Annabel) and Shona Rae Thomas (Craig); and David’s children – Kerri Anne (Trevor Callaghan) and Joanna Lynn. He also has three great-nephews, and three great-nieces.
Don worked in the mine in Haley Station, and as a banker in several towns and cities before attending Carleton University. He then joined the Canada Revenue Agency, and retired from there in 1998 as a senior computer analyst.
Genealogy became one of Don’s passions. In addition to tracing his own families, he traced the 19th century families of Ross Township, publishing a book entitled You Couldn’t Talk About Anybody.
Cremation has taken place. A wake will be held at Byers Funeral Home, 2990 Church St., South Mountain on Fri., June 5 from 7 to 9 pm. Burial will be at South Gower Cemetery on Sat., June 6 at 1 pm.
Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, Heart and Stroke Foundation, or Winchester District Memorial Hospital will be appreciated by the family.
The funeral arrangements are entrusted to Byers Funeral Home (613) 989-3836).
Online condolences may be made to www.byersfuneralhomeinc.com