Thursday 25 May 2017

Family man James will be sorely missed

James McLaughlin 1919 - 2012

James McLaughlin, Pearse Park, Dundalk who died peacefully in the loving care of the staff of Blackrock Nursing Home was a native of Donegal and the last surviving member of his family.

Aged 93, James was born and reared in Ballyliffin in Donegal.

He had completed his primary education when he moved to Dundalk to work with Malones' Pork Butchers where he trained as a butcher.

James' father was supplying pigs to Malones at the time.

James' working career took a complete new turn when he found work in Hallidays which had just started shoe production in the town and he remained with the firm until his retirement at 65.

Some time after his move to Dundalk, James met and married his wife, Bernadette McKevitt from McSwiney Street and the couple settled in Pearse Park.

While working in Malones on the Dublin Road, James found an outlet for his sporting ambitions with the local club, Geraldines and he won a championship medal with the club in 1939.

A quiet, inoffensive man who kept to himself, James had great devotion to St. Gerard and enjoyed a quiet and contented life after he retired from Hallidays.

He was devoted to his family and remained active, despite his advanced years, until recent times.

His passing will be deeply mourned not just by family for James was well liked and respected in his community.

James is survived by his sons, Gerard (Ballybarrack), Declan (Doylesfort Road), Jim (Pearse Park), daughter, Kay McGee (Beechmount Drive), six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, son-inlaw, daughters-in-law,sister-inlaw, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.

He was predeceased by his wife, Bernadette (McKevitt) who died in 2001 and by his brothers, Mark, Eoin and Philip and sisters, Mary Anne, Sally and Cissie.

Having reposed at Blackrock Nursing Home, James' remains were taken to St. Patrick's Cathedral for Requiem Mass celebrated by Very Rev. Mark O'Hagan,

Adm., who delivered the eulogy. Also present was Very Rev. Gerard McGinnity, P.P., Knockbridge.

The Readings were given by son, Jim and niece, Dara McLaughlin and the Prayers of Intercession were led by family friend, Ciara Murphy.

The Offertory Gifts were presented by nephew, Aiden McLaughlin and niece, Lynsdey McGee while the soloist for the beautiful music was Joanne Murphy.

After Mass burial took place in St. Patrick's Cemetery.

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