Haverhill, MA — David McLaughlin passed away at the Indian River Medical Rehabilitation Center in Melbourne, Fla.
David was born to George W. and Margaret V. (Noble) McLaughlin of Haverhill. He was the husband of Carlene (Palmer) McLaughlin, with whom he shared 44 years of marriage.
He graduated from Haverhill High School with the class of 1952. Following graduation, he entered the U.S. Coast Guard and was honorably discharged in 1956. He then became the third generation of his family to go to work for The Haverhill Gazette. His career with the Gazette actually started when he was a seven-year-old paperboy. His career spanned 43 years, serving as Retail Advertising Director and Circulation Director until his retirement in 1998. After his retirement he went to work part-time for Merrimack College at the front desk in the Resident Life Department. As a young man, he was a councillor for the Haverhill Boys Club. He was former Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Salvation Army in Haverhill. He was a volunteer for the Samaritians suicide prevention hot-line and a member of the VFW Santa Parade Committee for 27 years. He helped organize the Gazette Hole In One Contest, and was a lifetime member of the Haverhill Lodge of Elks.
He enjoyed entertaining family and friends at their beach cottage on Plum Island. The last 10 winters were spent in Florida.
Besides his wife, he leaves a daughter, Sally Crabtree and a grandson, Joshua Crabtree of Arizona. He also leaves a special niece, Nicole (Palmer) Pettengill and two special nephews, Shawn Palmer, and Darren Palmer; six great-nephews and two great-nieces; brother-in-law, Fred Palmer, several cousins and his faithful Wheaten Terrier, Meggie, who was always by his side.
ARRANGEMENTS: Friends and relatives participated in a Celebration of Life for Dave on June 19, at the First Baptist Church in Plaistow, N.H.
Contributions can be made to The Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KN 66675, the VFW Santa Parade, 64 Kenoza Ave., Haverhill, MA 01830.