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Eugene McLaughlin of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, passed away on May 16, 2019. He was 83 years old. Born in Philadelphia, Eugene was the son of the late James A. McLaughlin and the late Mary Dwyer McLaughlin.
He was the beloved husband for 61 years to Janet (Williams) McLaughlin; father of Kathleen Swierczek (Karl), Eugene McLaughlin, Robert McLaughlin (Kathleen Subers) and Karen Serafino (Thomas Molchan); Poppy of Karl A. Swierczek (Jessica Jablonski), Kory R. Swierczek (Shannon Munsell), Ashley L. McLaughlin, Robert J. McLaughlin, Jr., Allison Lutte, Justine Firlein (Dylan Firlein), Scott Lutte, Jr., the late Matthew R. Serafino, Stephanie L. Serafino and Nicholas P. Serafino; great- Poppy of Jakob D. Swierczek, Joshua T. Swierczek, Harper M. Swierczek, Baby Swierczek, James Lutte, Weston Firlein, Sofia Firlein and Mila Firlein; brother of James McLaughlin and the late Rosemary Brodeur.
Gene graduated from Saint Thomas Moore High School in 1954. He married Janet, a graduate of Glen-Nor High School in Glenolden, in 1957. Gene was skilled as a metal lather (Local #53 Metal Lathers) and a carpenter (Carpenter’s of Philadelphia) and contributed to the construction/modification of many well- known buildings in Philadelphia and surrounding areas. In addition, he had great pride for the opportunity and experience he had, while working in the building of the King’s Palace in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in the late 1970’s.
Gene was a member of the Kedron Youth association where he coached baseball for many years. He has often been well-remembered by his players as a positive and supportive coach. He was a member of St. Michaels Lutheran Church in Kennett Square. Gene enjoyed golf outings with his friends at Traditions, as well as following his favorite teams, the Phillies and the Eagles.
Upon retiring, Gene (“Poppy”) took great pleasure in cultivating his artistic talents by sketching pictures of birds and portraits. In addition, he liked drawing cartoon characters for his great-grandchildren.
He will be remembered for his expressive smile, broad sense of humor, humble and kind nature, strong work ethic, and most of all, his dedication and love for his family.
Visitation with the family will be from 10:00a.m. until 10:50a.m. followed by a funeral service at 11:00a.m. on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, 109 E. Doe Run Road, Unionville, PA.
Burial will follow the funeral service in Edgewood Memorial Park located on Route 1, Glen Mills.
Family flowers arranged by LeStyle 25 of Unionville, 610-925-1901.
Should friends desire, the family has designated Concordville Fire Company for memorial contributions. http://www.concordville.org/content/donation