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Thomas McLaughlin

February 6, 1940 April 4, 2019
Thomas McLaughlin
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Obituary for Thomas McLaughlin

Thomas McLaughlin, 79, of Lafayette, CO entered peacefully into eternal life on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at the Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette, surrounded by his loving family.

Tom was born on February 6, 1940 to James and Margaret (Colgan) McLaughlin in Macomb, IL. Tom is survived by his daughter Katie (Tim) Weinstein of Erie, CO and his sons Eric Losch of Peoria, IL and Patrick Tate of Decatur, IL. He was a proud grandfather to Chazery Leyva (Ozzie), Hayden Losch, and Michael Weinstein and the most sincerest brother to William McLaughlin (Shirley) of San Ramon, CA, Suzanne Cain (Richard) of Peoria, IL, Jean Reed of
Bloomington, IL, Margaret Sanzotta of Bloomington, IL, Patrick Mclaughlin (Glenda) of Peoria, IL and Catherine Gillette (Daniel) of Chillicothe, IL. Tom is also survived by his special friend Eleanor Rajotte as well as a host of nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, brother, James McLaughlin, brother-in-law's Joseph Reed and Vince Sanzotta.

Tom was in the class of 1958 at Spalding Institute in Peoria, IL. He enjoyed attending all of his class reunions. Tom proudly served in the Marine Corp. He worked as an Education Recruiter for technical schools, but fondly reminisced about his time in restaurant management and bartending in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as his hometown in his earlier years.

He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Peoria, IL for many years and most recently attended Immaculate Conception in Lafayette, CO.

Tom brought such joy, compassion, and faith to this world. He was very proud of his Irish heritage and instilled that pride into his children and grandchildren. He made two family trips to Ireland in recent years. He never met a stranger because his greatest gift to everyone was love.

He enjoyed all sports, but was a diehard Oakland Raiders fan. He truly appreciated history, long conversations and parties, especially family gatherings. Tom had such a zest for life and meant the world to those closest to him. He captivated the room through his charm, stories, and most of all humor. The world was a better place with him in it and our hearts are forever broken. Tom will be greatly missed.

Tom requested that cremation rites be accorded. To honor Tom’s wishes and in remembrance, the family will hold a special ceremony in Lafayette, CO on Sunday, April 7th, with a dedication mass at Immaculate Conception at 10:00am and a celebration of life gathering at his daughter's house in Erie, CO.

A Memorial Mass will be in Peoria, IL at Holy Family Catholic Church on Friday, April 12th, 2019 at noon, with a visitation beginning at 11:00am. Franciscan Friars will officiate.

If you wish to leave condolences for the family please visit www.taborfuneralhome.com or wrightandsalmon.com.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Tom’s name to the American Heart Association or Toys for Tots.

Previous Events

Visitation

Friday

12

Apr

11:00 AM 4/12/2019 11:00:00 AM - 12:00 PM 4/12/2019 12:00:00 PM
Holy Family Catholic Church

3720 N Sterling Ave
Peoria, IL 61615

Holy Family Catholic Church
3720 N Sterling Ave Peoria 61615 IL
United States

Memorial Mass

Friday

12

Apr

12:00 PM 4/12/2019 12:00:00 PM
Holy Family Catholic Church

3720 N Sterling Ave
Peoria, IL 61615

Holy Family Catholic Church
3720 N Sterling Ave Peoria 61615 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

Toys for Tots

American Heart Association

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