Funeral services for Neal P. McLaughlin, age 73, of Utica, and formerly of
Ogdensburg, will be held on Wednesday, April 8, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at Notre
Dame Church, Ogdensburg, NY with Rev. F. James Shurtleff
officiating. Burial will be in Notre Dame Cemetery in the spring. Calling
hours will be held on Tuesday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Frary
Funeral Home in Ogdensburg. Mr. McLaughlin passed away Friday, April 3,
2009 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Utica.
Mr. McLaughlin is survived by two sons, James and his wife, Bonnie, of
Barneveld, NY, and Steven and his wife, Amy, of Holland
Patent, NY; four grandchildren, Casey, Alex, Terralyn, and Matthew; one
brother, Peter McLaughlin, nephew Brad McLaughlin and niece Robin Irvine,
of Ogdensburg; and two cousins with whom he was raised, Sally Paleno of Star
Lake and Mickey Greco, of Syracuse. He was formerly
married to Kathleen McLaughlin of Stittville, NY. He was predeceased by a
very close cousin, Peggy Dolan.
Mr. McLaughlin was born on October 11, 1935 in Ogdensburg, the son
of James and Mary Caufield McLaughlin. He graduated from Heuvelton
School. He was especially proud of his military service, first
with the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict and again with the
U.S. Army. Mr. McLaughlin first worked for Rockland State Hospital and
later transferred to Marcy State Hospital. He retired in 1990 from Mohawk
Valley Psychiatric Center where he worked as an Occupational Therapist.
He was a member of the American Legion in Whitestown, NY, the Moose Club and
Amvets in Ogdensburg and the Elks Club in Punta Gorda, FL. Mr. McLaughlin
was a self taught guitarist and greatly enjoyed sharing his musical skills. He especially enjoyed summers spent camping with his brother Pete on Black Lake.
Donations may be made in his memory to a charity of one’s choice.