HORNELL - Bernard M. "Bernie" McLaughlin,
83, of 165 Leach Ave., Hornell, died Saturday evening (July 5, 2008)
at his home following a brief illness.
A native & life resident of Hornell, he was
born September 6, 1924, and was the son of John & Catherine (Carrig)
Bernie was a graduate of St. Ann's School
and later graduated from Hornell High School in 1943.
He was a veteran of World War II, serving
in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Halsey-Powell. He was employed for
over 40 years at the New York State Department of Transportation
retiring in 1983 as a soils engineer.
Bernie was a member of Our Lady of the
Valley Parish and a communicant of St. Ann's Church. He was a
fourth-degree member of the Knights of Columbus and a former member
of the Hornell American Legion.
Bernie had a passion for the game of golf
and was a member of the Twin Hickory Golf Club.
He will be remembered as a compassionate
man who had a deep love for his family. He will also be remembered
for his ever-present smile, his wonderful sense of humor and as a
man extremely proud of his Irish heritage. To know Bernie McLaughlin
was to love him. He will be sadly missed by his family and many
friends. Bernie made Hornell a better community and a better place
He was married on November 30, 1946, to the
former Mary Arvidson, who died December 22, 1990. He also was
preceded in death by two brothers, Martin "Tank" McLaughlin and
James McLaughlin; a sister, Rita Swackhamer; and a granddaughter,
Surviving are three daughters, Nancy (Ian)
Dare of Loudonville, Debra (Bruce) Steinberger of Palm Bay, Florida,
and Mary Anne (John) Gibbs of Hornell; five sons, Thomas "Bernie"
(Irene) McLaughlin of Ocala, Florida, Michael (Julie) McLaughlin of
Geneva; J. Patrick McLaughlin of Hornell; Brian (Kelly) McLaughlin
of Geneva; and Robert McLaughlin of Hornell; 25 grandchildren; eight
great-grandchildren; his in-laws, Dick & Ann Crandall of Hornell;
and many nieces & nephews.
The family of Bernard M. "Bernie"
McLaughlin will receive friends from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the
Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St. Hornell. A Mass of Christian
Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Ann's Church,
with burial in St. Ann's Cemetery.
Bernie's family request that in lieu of
flowers, memorial contributions in his name be made to the American
Cancer Society, 1316 College Road, Elmira, NY 14901. Memorial forms
will be available at the Dagon Funeral Home.