Robert Cairnduff McLaughlin
On Fri., Aug. 23, 2002 Dr. Robert C. McLaughlin will be interred at the Maple Ridge Cemetery in Winchester.
The son of the late Dr. Peter McLaughlin of Winchester, he died peacefully on Nov. 28, 1998 at his residence in Paris, Ontario, 28 days before his 100th birthday.
He was the beloved husband of the late Mabel McLaughlin (nee Robinson); father of Joyce McLaughlin of Toronto and Carole Arnott of Oakville; father-in-law of Don Arnott; and grandfather of Guy Arnott of Oakville, Joanne Toth and Jim Arnott, both of Delray Beach, Florida.
Born in Winchester in 1898, Dr. McLaughlin enlisted in the Canadian Armed Services Dental Corps while in the University of Toronto Dental School, but despite the “time out” he returned to graduate in 1920 as one of the youngest ever. He subsequently practised in Paris, Ontario for the next 47 years, interrupted by a four-year stint in the Second World War with postings in Aylmer, St. Thomas and finally Ottawa as chief of the Headquarters Dental Clinic.
Brilliant, articulate and a gentleman in all respects, he is sadly missed and fondly remembered by his family and all those who were fortunate enough to have known him.
The time delay for the burial was due to the extraordinary desire he had to donate his body to medical science at the McMaster University of Medical Anatomy. Much of this was his, and others’, strong belief that both he and his father had long and brilliant lives and genes that could possibly contribute to future medical advances for the benefit of all.