Pat McLaughlin, born in New Britain, and formerly of Cromwell and East Hampton died on January 18th at Chestelm Healthcare in Moodus, CT. She was the daughter of Joseph Patrick Malley and Margurite “Miggie” (Crowley) Malley, also born in New Britain. She leaves behind her two sons and daughters-in-law, Jay and Apres McLaughlin of Bradenton, FL as well as Keith McLaughlin and wife Janet Poncini of East Hampton, CT. Other survivors include her brother and sister-in law John “Butch” Malley and wife, Alice of New Britain. She also leaves two grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren; grandson Sean McLaughlin, wife Charlotte and daughter Clare of Bradenton,FL and granddaughter Kelly Doheny, husband Kevin and daughter Emma of Grand Junction, CO. Pat adored several nieces and nephews, their children, and many cousins. She was predeceased by her husband Robert and siblings Joan Quinn, Robert Malley and Catherine “Kay” Tuttle.
The great depression was the setting for Patty’s early childhood. She attended St. Joseph’s school and graduated in 1946 from New Britain High. She married Robert J. McLaughlin in 1947. For the next 56 years, it would be “Pat and Bob”. They raised their family on Bassett St. where their neighbors became part of the family and where many notorious parties took place. Pat was employed her entire adult life and took great pride in her work at New Britain General Hospital. She started at the switchboard and retired after more than 30 years of rewarding service.
Pat was known as a classy, dignified lady who was generous to a fault. She loved and cherished her friends, family, neighbors and coworkers and a parade of pets. She liked the snow and anything to do with Maine where she vacationed with her family often. Pat had an adventuresome side. She could be seen riding in a horse-drawn carriage in Ireland as well as floating in a hot air balloon among the Colorado Rockies.
More than anything or anyone she loved her two sons Jay and Keith whom Pat and Bob adopted as infants. Pat was devoted to her children and was involved in all aspects of their lives while growing up.
The family extends their deep appreciation to the staff and residents of Chestelm Healthcare. They became family during the last part of her life.
There will be calling hours for Pat Saturday, January 27th from 9-10:30AM at the Luddy-Peterson Funeral Home located at 205 South Main St. New Britain. A funeral mass will follow at 11AM next door at St. Joseph’s Church.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that you make a donation to The Connecticut Humane Society.