Thomas J. McLaughlin - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Thomas J. McLaughlin

Born September 13, 1931

Thomas J. McLaughlin, age 82, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 13, 2014.

Born in Brooklyn, New York on September 13, 1931, Mr. McLaughlin was the son of the late Patrick J. McLaughlin and Anna Madden McLaughlin. He was a graduate of Power Memorial High School, where he excelled at both baseball and football and later attended Fordham University and Baruch College of Business. He proudly served his country in the US Army during the Korean War. Mr. McLaughlin made his career as a Financial Officer with SPLC, Inc. of London and retired after 20 years of dedicated service.

A devout Catholic, Mr. McLaughlin was a longtime parishioner of St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Hockessin where he was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed attending classes at the Osher Institute of Life Long Learning at the University of Delaware. In his leisure time, Mr. McLaughlin was an avid stamp collector, liked reading, loved Irish folk music and was a huge Notre Dame fan. He was a loving husband, father, brother, and grandfather and will be deeply missed by his beloved family.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Joan McLaughlin. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Kathryn McLaughlin; son, Brian McLaughlin (Mary Beth) of Atlanta, GA; daughter, Kerry Ann LaBotz (Traven) of New York City, NY; sisters, Mary Connors and Patricia Byrnes; and granddaughter, Molly Caroline McLaughlin.

A visitation for family and friends will be offered from 11 am until 12 Noon on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at St. Mary of the Assumption R.C. Church, 7200 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, DE 19707, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 12 Noon for those who wish to attend. Interment will be held privately in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear, DE.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, c/o St. Mary of the Assumption R.C. Church at the address listed above.


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  • Uncle Tom was a good guy … He was always kind and supportive as we nieces and nephews were growing up. He gave me my first car … a 1968 Dodge Dart in what was a total act of kindness.

    I’m quite certain he will rest in peace, jjc

  • John,

    Thank you for your kind words about Uncle Tom. He would have loved reading your message. We had wonderful support from the Connors’ family and friends for which we are grateful.

    Kathy mclaughlin

  • Please accept my deepest condolences, and may you find comfort in the Bible’s promise promise of a time when sickness and death will be things of the past. – Revelation 21:4

  • Tom and Kathy were good friends to my sister Betty who died in 2004. I think of them every time I pass through Delaware, their home state. I wish Kathy love and happiness with her children.