In Memoriam


Bernard M. "Bernie" McLaughlin

(1924  -  2008)







Bernard M. "Bernie" McLaughlin

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) McLaughlin.

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 to live.

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, Jordan McLaughlin.

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.