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George "Shorty" McLaughlin

January 15, 2021


George McLaughlin, 73, “Shorty”, Honey, Dad, Uncle, Coach, Papa… Forever in Our Hearts:

passed away January 15, 2021 at VA CLC in Orlando, Florida..

George grew up in Johnston, Rhode Island.  He was the second of six siblings born to Edward and Mildred.  He had many things in his life he was passionate about and hope this short narrative reminds you of how special he was and brings a smile to your face. 

Mr. McLaughlin was a Postal Worker for the  U.S. Postal Service before retiring.

Proud to have served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps. during the Vietnam War. 

Married 48 years to Mary (Damiano) McLaughlin and raised a beautiful family who loved him dearly. He was the beloved father of Christopher Santilli (Michelle), Melanie Hawk (John), Melissa Muralles (Irv) and the late Ann Tarzian. Loving grandfather of Alex, London, Lauren and Evan. Brother of Irvin McLaughlin, Rachel Waddelton, Ruth Ogley and the late Edward McLaughlin and Rebecca Bakes.

Worked hard each and every day, from the fire department to the postal service.  Impressive work ethic, he rarely missed a day.  Expected the same from his kids when it came to school and grades.  His lessons and examples have served us all well.

Passionate about baseball. Coached his son’s countless teams from little league through high school level summer teams.  His expectations of the players were high, was a no nonsense kind of coach and highly respected. 

Quite the cook….from his sauce to chicken parmesan, always ready to feed a crowd for Sunday dinner. The more the merrier.

His undeniable talent for storytelling…both entertaining and hilarious!

Loved to travel, especially if it included a visit to the horse races, casino or the beach and fishing.  Even better when the kids or grandkids could come along.  

His favorite weekend phone call from Uncle Ronnie, “George, you want to take a ride?”  He was always ready to go!

Extremely proud of his children’s and grandchildren’s accomplishments…and shared them with everyone.

If someone was asked to describe George, what would they say?  Many would say he was generous, kind-hearted, friendly, and compassionate, loved deeply and did NOT know a stranger, including ANY server at ANY restaurant he attended.  He loved to hear your story and offer encouraging words.  He would give you the shirt off his back or help you in any way he could.   He has touched many lives and will be missed dearly.

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