Robert Charles McLaughlin, Sr. age 93, longtime resident of Pepperell, formerly of Dorchester and Cambridge, passed away on Saturday, October 16, 2021, at the Apple Valley Center in Ayer. He was the beloved husband of the late Elizabeth "Liz" (Shallow) McLaughlin.
Raised and educated in Cambridge, Robert was the son of the late John and Rose (Doherty) McLaughlin – Gatta. After graduating high school, Robert enlisted in the United States Army and proudly served his country in World War II as a Sergeant in the 6th Infantry Division in the Southwest Pacific. A decorated veteran, Robert was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Army Good Conduct, American Campaign Medal, Asian-Pacific Campaign Medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, WW2 Victory Medal, and the Army Occupation Service Medal.
Robert is survived by his loving children: Robert Jr. and his wife Karen of Hanson MA, Roseann Campbell of Las Vegas, NV, Michael and his wife Fran of Merrimack NH, Paul and his wife Robin of Billerica MA, Philip and his wife Leslie of Pepperell MA, Nancy of Brookline NH, Brian and his wife Kim of Billerica MA, David and his girlfriend Madalin Flores of Lowell MA, Robert is also survived by his sisters: Margaret Dooley of Derry, NH, Antonia Therrien of Manchester, NH, Rita Lewis of Wilmington, MA, and his grandchildren: Christopher, Patrick, John, Marc, Samantha, Timothy, Lauren, Mathew, as well as 2 great grandchildren with another one on the way. Robert is also survived by his friend Richard Bombard of Brookline, NH. In addition to his parents, Robert is predeceased by his brothers, James, William, John, Francis, and his sisters, Kate Campobasso and Patricia Haggis.
Donegal, Ireland, the homeland of his family, always held a special place in Robert's heart.
Family and friends will gather to honor and remember Robert for visiting hours on Sunday, October 24, 2021, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Badger Funeral Home, 347 King St., Littleton. His funeral mass will be on Monday, October 25, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace Parish worshipping at St. Joseph Church, 28 Tarbell St., Pepperell, MA. Burial with U.S. Army Military Honors will follow at 1:00 p.m. at the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 111 Glenallen St., Winchendon, MA.